Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Kick-Ass Movie Review

Rock 'em. Sock 'em, and watch them bleed and die. That's the kind of superhero we are introduced to in this clever take on the comic book superhero movie genre.

The namesake title character, Kick-Ass, is a riff on the Peter Parker wimpy cellophane man/boy who has one thing on his mind (he's in high school) but is invisible to the girls in school. One day he decides that instead of just buying comics, he'd live one by becoming a superhero.

And in the process of getting his ass kicked saving a guy from being beaten to death, becomes a cult hero when a video of the fight gets uploaded to the Internet.

Yet, he's not the only one out there with superhero intentions, and this is where the show-stealer steps in. There's a father-daughter tag-team duo and it's the pint-sized daughter who romps through every scene she's in with an energy, gusto, and foul-mouthed banter that combines in a darkly comic pastiche.

After all, you find yourself laughing at some of the most inopportune moments as guys find themselves ripped to shreds by Hit Girl, played by Chloë Grace Moretz. She must have channeled Jennifer Garner from Alias, Natalie Portman from the Professional, and even Milla Jojovich from the Fifth Element for her inspiration of bringing the character to life.

Moretz is the one to watch, but Nicolas Cage, who plays her father manages to do quite the credible job as a father whose single minded determination to stop a crime syndicate led him to a very dark place and brought his daughter with him.

The movie is somewhat uneven as the story unfolds and changes in the middle from a teen movie into a revenge romp as Hit Girl seeks retribution for the death of her father, and the scenes include homages to The Matrix, Hong Kong kung-fu flicks, and even spaghetti westerns and the director, Matthew Vaughn clearly was influenced by the likes of Quentin Tarantino.

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