Saturday, June 16, 2012
Blogging Flashback: Kick-Ass (2010)
Matthew Vaughn. Release Date: Apr 16, 2010. DVD Release Date: Aug 03, 2010.
****REPOSTED FROM THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH NEW COMMENTS AND EDITS****
Amusing and darkly funny, but this movie leaves a decidedly muddled taste in the mouth. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm not really happy with the ending. There's the soft promise of a sequel, which I for one would love to see, but which has not yet been delivered. Keep working, guys, but maybe drop the body count slightly?
Those of you sickos who laughed at the accidental back seat shooting in Pulp Fiction will really like the humor built in to this movie. In many ways, this was a kind of cross between a low-tech Spidermanand Sin City, which makes sense considering they mention the latter film at least once in the film. Throw in a dash of Tarantino violence and we have a fairly strong, but quirky tale.
The casting is pretty darn good. I didn't even mind the presence of Nicholas Cage, although I did frump at his 1D acting ability dorking up another perfectly good character role. Sorry Cage-ites, but I still vote he has screen time because he's a Coppola. All of his performances are exactly the same. Just like Johnny Depp.
The fighting choreography was great, well at least it was for Hit Girl. The other folks just kind of suffer through the serious beatings they have to take with a relative lack of dignity and sweet ninja skills.
McLuvin 2012. 'Nuff said.
The chronic, and I do mean CHRONIC references to comic books were a little more heavy handed than New Moon's references to Romeo and Juliet. We got it pretty quick. This was a costumed hero themed film. It didn't take a leap of logic to come to that. My biggest problem was reconciling my image of a superhero with the delightfully homicidal antics of Hit Girl and Big Daddy. They would each qualify as serial killers of the highest order, and somehow they were protagonists….? I thought the violence was over the top. Not Sin City over the top, but a close second.
The warehouse scene pretty much closes my last remaining feelings of support for Big Daddy and his Batman-ish ways, not to mention his total lack of originality. Total lack.