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Friday, May 14, 2010

[8.75/10] Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass (2010)

Aptly titled, "Kick-Ass" is an excellent comic book adaptation that proves that there is no stagnation in a superhero genre whatsoever. Based on Mark Millar's violent tale, "Kick-Ass" is directed by Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker who happens to have a real knack for both, action movies and fantasies. It's more than evident in "Kick-Ass" and although the film has some problems with selecting the proper tone (it verges between campy comedy, dramatic piece and action spectacle), this is a gripping ride from start to finish. What makes this movie totally work and keep you entertained, is the likability of every character on screen. Part of this has to do with the writing, but most of it is the superb acting. Aaron Johnson shines in the lead role, by mixing vulnerability with a delightful down-to-earth personality that's easy to relate to. Nicholas Cage and Chloe Moretz delivered the best performances by portraying a sentimental and deadly father-daughter team that provided some of the best laughs and some of the heavier moments. Moretz is incredible, especially for someone her age; she isn't your typical kid that curses only for laughs - she can kick your arse twelve times before you hit the ground. Its tough to make an audience convicted that a child can perform such maneuvers, but "Kick-Ass" pulls it off without breaking a single sweat. Matthew Vaughn directs this with such glee, such precision and such talent, the entire comic book movie world should start taking notes. The pacing is incredible, the surprises are well-hidden, and the action sequences are edited so tightly, it was inches from perfection. The fights and shootouts were brutal and didn't pull any punches, as you see blood, guts, and absolute mayhem right at your face. "Kick-Ass" is not just a nice homage to all things comics; it's also a wonderful story full of action, suspense, a bit of drama, and all blending in with dark humor. If you like your comic book movies raw, smart, engaging, and downright fun, then "Kick-Ass" should be your cup of tea.

10 comments:

DEZMOND said...

I've decided not to watch this movie, I just don't approve the use of small children in such violent movies and roles. The level of immorality has risen significantly in movies in the last decade, and I'm stunned that no one is doing anything to stop such a downfall of ethics.

Nebular said...

Be more open-minded, Dezz!:) It was made for fun. And it was A LOT of fun! This little girl is a force of nature!

But I agree... Violence in movies is at its peak! Last night I watched "Human Centipede" and it was so sick it left me speechless.

Jaccstev said...

"Kick-Ass" is a total and crazy fun, very entertainy.
Have you seen a French film called "Martyrs"? I think that movie is very very sick.

Nebular said...

Well, it drags a bit in the middle, but overall it was super crazy, fun and extremely entertaining.

Yes, Jaccstev, I've seen "Martyrs" a month ago and I loved it! Very well-made, quite disturbing, and most of all shocking!

DEZMOND said...

someone needs to kick both of your naughty asses, Neb and Jaccsy!!! :) I shall hear no more of this careless support to little kids being used in violent scenes for pure entertainment!

Nebular said...

Dezz, I think you are the naughty one here. You always want to slap someone's ass :):)

DEZMOND said...

there's a difference between slap and kick,and I said kick :) "Kick" involves using a leg and could be used as a disciplinary measure, "slapping" is just for pure entertainment :)

Nebular said...

I knew you are going to say that! I used the word "slap" on purpose, just to see how you are going to react :P :) I'm awful, I know... but I love you :)

DEZMOND said...

well, slap me, I'm French :)

DEZMOND said...

and I love you too, off course ^_^