I have a confession to make; this post is a shameless love-letter to Chloe Moretz on her birthday. I do also want to talk about the movie Kick-Ass (2010); a film that turned everything done previously in comics-based movies on their heads with engagingly fun and amusing results.
Revisiting Kick-Ass last night reminded me of how much I enjoyed this movie the first time around. Despite its poor reception by critics, I love this movie. It could have been just as well and perhaps more accurately gotten titled Hit-Girl since much of the film’s narrative focuses a lot of its time on that character and her struggle with self-discovery. Her relationship with Nick Cage’s Big Daddy character, and all the joys of dealing with oncoming puberty at the same time; she pretty much steals the show making the entire rest of the cast her second bananas.
As most genre fans are already aware of, Kick-Ass is a 2010 superhero black comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. which was published by Marvel Comics. It’s a graphically violent film that answers the question: “What would it be like in real-life if people did decide to take the law into their own hands and become comic-book style vigilantes?”.
Kick-Ass got directed by Matthew Vaughn, who produced it with Brad Pitt and co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman. The film was produced in Toronto, Canada. Its general release was on 25 March 2010 in the United Kingdom and on 16 April 2010 in the United States. It is the first installment of the Kick-Ass film series.
Kick-Ass is about a lot of things, teenagers entering puberty and the how they deal with it, the horrors of going to high school, the definition of what makes a hero, taking responsibility for your actions and of course ordinary everyday people standing up to people that do bad things.
Moretz is outstanding in the role of Hit-Girl, the film’s borderline-psychotically disturbed heroine super-graphically violent sendup film, but the rest of the cast does do an excellent job also. Cage is memorable in one of my favorite portrayals by the actor; his over-the-top approach seems right at home here, Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also memorably enjoyable. Also, as a bonus, the always excellent and reliable Mark Strong is (as always) a fantastically appealing villain. The standout, however, remains Hit Girl. Chole Grace Moretz does a brilliant job, showing us that even though Hit Girl is a foul-mouthed, pre-teen, hard-ass killing machine, she’s still an 11-year-old girl with lots of issues she deems not worth the effort to deal with at the moment.
Bottom line, Kick-Ass is an agreeably enjoyable way to be pleasantly entertained while watching a fun-filled-movie which isn’t a bad way to spend your time any day of the week, and as always, happy viewing.