Monday, April 19, 2010
Let me be very clear...this film is not for everyone. It is ultra-violent and completely deserves it's R-rating. If watching an 11 year old girl maim and kill while using language unfit for many adults, let alone a child, is not your idea of fun then read no further. This is not your kind of movie.
On the other hand, if you are a fan of the graphic novel (IE; comic book) it's based on or films like "Sin City", or "Watchmen", then by all means, keep reading as this film is definitely for you. The screenplay is by director, Matthew Vaughn (who made the delicious British crime film, "Layer Cake"), Jane Goldman and Mark Millar and John Romita (who teamed up for the original comic book). They have rendered a perfect live action recreation of the comic and fans will love it.
It's a perfect cast. Aaron Johnson has his first major lead as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist, will make you forget him as "McLovin" in "Superbad". But two of the biggest surprises are a humble and subdued Nicolas Cage as "Big Daddy", who clearly respects the script and the wonderful Chloe Grace Moretz, who steals the film and will blow you away (literally & figuratively) as "Hit-Girl". Ms. Moreta is the aforementioned killer 11-year old with very adult language who is just remarkable in a role that has caused quite a stir. A controversy made worse when, not only does she main and kill but is herself, beaten to a pulp by Mark Strong, the villain of the piece (Mr. Strong is making quite the career of playing villains. He's also the sheriff of Nottingham in the upcoming "Robin Hood").
The film holds none of the gravitas of "Batman" and in many ways is a self parody of "super hero" movies. It can be extremely violent and very funny and the combination doesn't always work back to back but overall, for a film major studios wouldn't touch, it certainly will appeal to today's young audiences who are numb to the violence but are also in on the joke.