Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kick-Ass. A-

'Kick-Ass' has polarized its audience. Some declare it a wild, vigorously entertaining mash of comic book satire, action, and comedy, while others, such as Roger Ebert, consider it "morally reprehensible." While I understand the position of the film's detractors, I definitely side with the former group because while I was watching it I couldn't help but think this was one of the most fun times I've had in a movie theater this year. You could say 'Kick-Ass' suffers from an identity crisis. Likely keeping up with the tradition of the comic book on which it's based, the film is clearly making fun of superheroes and the clich├ęs that seem to follow around the movies that they're based on. It's also a funny slice of high school comedy (sort of along the lines of 'Superbad') and lastly its a gratuitously violent adventure in which an eleven year-old girl murders villains as if she's playing a video game. The eleven year-old actually isn't the protagonist. That title would belong to a relatively nerdy high school student named Dave. He tells us early on how pathetic his life is. His only power is being invisible to girls. Eventually he decides he's had enough and so he goes after something he's always dreamed of: being a superhero. One might find some guilt in enjoying the movie with all its bloody violence and foul language. But when it's all said and done this is just a crazily inspired, totally awesome pulp comic book tale with echos of the best of Tarantino, Apatow, and Raimi. Some people say they can't stomach the intensity of 'Kick-Ass', while others blatantly claim their hatred for it. Me? I think it's one of the best movies of the year.

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