Skip to comments.Movie Review of Kick-Ass
Posted on 05/08/2010 8:33:30 PM PDT by The Watcher
I watched the movie Kick-Ass, with some considerable misgivings, but ended up doing so, mostly because everything else seemed even worse. It's been several days since I went, and had some time to digest it.
The movie is gory, bloody, violent, and has a lot of death and some very profane characters. It also presents some very unmuddled ideas about who or what is good and what is evil.
In the movie, a geeky and unremarkable teen tries to become a super hero. He also finds it's harder than it seems, and that he's doing it just so he can think of himself as someone. And, someone who does some good. He's naive, weak, and not very committed.
In contrast, is a couple of real "super" people who are committed. It's a middle aged man and his young daughter, both of which have trained, lived breathed for one purpose, to avenge and end evil perpetrated by a crime kingpin. While the namesake of the movie tends to get beaten, rather than do the beating, he's not real certain about the virtue of what he's doing. The other two live in a world hard to comprehend.
Normally, one would pronounce judgement about a man who shoots his daughter with a pistol. Repeatedly. Who teaches her how to kill in one move. And who has violated the language mores we tend to think are appropriate for kids. Yet, in the end, the viewers walk out nearly in tears. And, with a renewed sense of the need to stop tolerating evil all around us.
I can relate to having fantasies of being a superhero in my youth. I see some of my own sense of anger and recognize that we justify committing violence to bring evil to an end. And, I still haven't stopped being haunted by the words of an innocent girl, who rescued a hapless wanna-be hero by acts and deeds of death and violence hard to describe... But who turns to the boy she rescued and says "but my daddy would be alive if you..." and recognize that even after witnessing things no child should, she still does the right thing, acting with total compassion for another human.
Would that we all have such clear vision and a sense of right and wrong, good and evil.
from what I hear the people walking out in tears are wanting their money back.
I have no desire to see a movie with a cuss word in the title, has kids slaughtering people and cussing up a storm.
Did the 10 year old get any hot sex scenes?? You know its coming from Hollyweird sooner or later. Keep pushing that envelope.
My 12-year-old wanted to see it. We read reviews and nixed it for him. How appalling that they advertised it for young kids like him. The TV commercials made it appeal to them.
This movie has an 8.4 IMDB rating, it’s getting rave reviews and everyone I know who has seen it loves it. I’ll probably watch it tomorrow. Your opinion is valuable but it’s only that, your opinion. Thanks for the review.
I saw it and enjoyed it. Great action movie.
If that's true, that's pathetic.
I just saw it and it has soared up the charts of my favorite comic book movies. I do think it is disconcerting that it was marketed as a kids movie. It is not, by far. It is very entertaining though and while very simplistic in style very thought provoking as well. The sound track was very good and kind of reminds me of the off beat stylings of Kill Bill.
From the day I went no one walked out. If you are any kind of a fan of the comic book it was great. The audience I was with had obviously read the comics since a number of people seemed to know what was about to happen and there was quite a bit of applause at the end.
Not for kids in any way shape or form, but I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for the Kick-Ass review.
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I don’t understand how anyone can think this is a kids movie. Its rated R and says language and extreme violence.
It really appeals to the comic geeks and I liked it myself. My wife didn’t care much for it.
While I liked Hero at Large, this was nothing like that.
Not something I will let my kids watch, but I enjoyed it.
no, and in fact, the little girl is NOT sexualized at all. The movie makes her out to be...a little girl, alone with her father against the power of evil.