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Kick-Ass, well, kicks ASS!!!!


Kick Ass, well, kicks ASS!!!!

Many life lessons can be learned from Matthew Vaughn’s teenage vigilante satire “Kick-Ass." Lessons such as:

- A misfit youth can obtain self-realization by getting stabbed and hit by a car while wearing an aqua green scuba suit;

- The warmth of fatherly love can be proven by showing a man shooting his 11-year-old daughter right in the chest while she wears a bulletproof vest.

Peter Parker this is definitely not. While our hero Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) rephrases the web-slinger’s motto with the euphemism “with no power, comes no responsibility” the same could be said about Vaughn’s reckless and violently funny direction.

Kick-Ass is ordinary, high-school kid Dave's alter-ego. Dave is a comic-book junkie who lives with his widowed father, and hangs out with his dorky friends when he is not fantasizing about his busty teacher. Dave decides to live out his reverie, and dons very tight water-sports gear. While Dave has the nobility of a superhero, his fighting skills equal those of the most meager of goons; shortcomings that result in some serious bumps and bruises.

His bravery is documented on one night, making Kick-Ass an overnight Internet sensation. Legit masked avengers such Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his precocious daughter Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) take notice of Kick-Ass/Dave. And fortunately for Dave, his crush Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca) warms up after rumors of his suspicious beating have him pegged as a homosexual prostitute. But when Kick-Ass sparks the ire of crime kingpin Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) and the interest of his incompetent son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), will Kick-Ass survive?

Based on the comic book by the same title created by Mark Millar, “Kick-Ass” has the shock and comedy reminiscent of the early years of “South Park." Credit goes to Matthew Vaughn and co-screenwriter Jane Goldman for not pulling any punches and managing to add some unflinching realism to an overall cartoonish vibe. The seriousness is subtle, nicely hidden in shoot-out melees and twisted jest.

If there’s a knock on “Kick-Ass,” it's that it might tilt towards silly in its climax, almost dispelling some of the darker areas the second half of the film takes. But this is pretty minor considering “Kick-Ass” is as much on the money on every other cliché of the nexus it parodies; hitting the mark “Mystery Men” fell short. With “Kick-Ass," Bitter Balcony has found the guilty pleasure of 2010 – or at least until “The Expendables” comes out.



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Kick Ass, well, kicks ASS!!!!


Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Mark Millar(Comic Series)
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Wed, 04/21/2010 - 11:47am

There is no guilt in this pleasure. This movie was accurately titled as that is the only way to respond to anyone that asks if it's any good.

It's been too long since I last remembered what enjoying a movie felt like. I plan on seeing it again in the theater - even with the ridiculous ticket prices.

LyndiT on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 1:32pm

I am still skeptical. Not that I am against seeing cheesy action movies, wasting money and time but I think I will plan on watching re-runs of Seinfeld or 30 Rock. The comedy in these cheesy movies really makes me wonder who the "target" market is. Good thing I am patient, this is one I will wait for Netflix to put on instant queue.

Que on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 2:22pm

30 rocks is excellent idea instead of going out.

Kick Ass targets anyone who has a thing for superhero comics/characters and still look for a sense of 'seriousness' in the movie. you don't need to be a comic geek to enjoy it, all you need is knowing the stereotyping of the geek's image. sure the movie look like it is for majority of the 16 yr old boys but it is really not, what a surprise.

there is no real superhero in this movie. from time to time you see cool action moves, but there is no super power and the actions had reasonable explanations behind them. I'd compare the action/violence in this movie to 'Watchmen', as they are not the creamy actions in superman or fantastic 4. the violence in the movie is more real and not made to enjoy.

and the funny bits in the movie are not 'made funny' if you know what I mean.

having said all that, with low expectation and doubt you will maximize your chance to enjoy this movie. however there is still a chance that you don't..... therefore 30 rocks is an excellent idea.

John Rojas on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 1:54pm

I think Kick-Ass is worth a look, even if you just leave it for netflix. Kick-Ass has more parody elements that one might assume, which gives it a certain credibility and humor. Hey, this movie has a soup nazi(no it doesn't, but I thought it would change your mind!).

Que on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:27pm

went to this one last night and man it was fun.

not the best movie or anything, but the mixture was just about right.

I wasn't with low expectation or anything but the movie was still quite a surprise.

I suppose our Matthew finally realized what was wrong with stardust?

which is a very good thing.

John Rojas on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 2:37pm

Yeah, Kick-Ass is good and a nice surprise. I didn't see Stardust, but the title wasn't inspiring!

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