Monday, 12 April 2010

Review - Kick Ass

IMDB, Wikipedia
Score: 3.5/5
Language: English
Genre: Action/Super Hero

Summary: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a teenager living in a world without superheroes decides to become one, a superhero called Kick-Ass. Along the way he suffers the real world consequences of trying to fight bad guys. He also encounters Big Daddy(Nicolas Cage) and his daughter, 11 year old Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), two vigilante/super heroes who have no qualms in killing the bad guys. Kick-Ass gets entangled in their vengeance fuelled killing spree of the local mob king pin and his men.

The music chosen for the various scenes worked quite well, for example when we first see Hit Girl dealing out her form of justice to the villains,when it switches to her perspective, the Banana Splits song kicks in. In a later scene showing multiple gunmen versus a lone individual some classic Ennio Morrricone spaghetti western music starts playing (Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu aka For A Few Dollars More) .

There have been complaints about Hit-Girl, ranging from her swearing to the violence she deals out caused by her brainwashing/sculpting at the hands of her father. The people who make these complaints seem to conveniently forget or not be aware of the very real occurrences of Child Soldiers that are all through history and still occurring today.

The movie portrays Hit-Girl as being desensitised to the violence. In one scene it shows from Hit-Girl's perspective looking through some night goggles, it is as if we were were watching the screen of someone playing a FPS Video Game. This sort of thing to me indicates that the film makers were not exploiting a child as some people have gone to the extent of claiming but instead are making a comment on how many people are towards violence.

One of the differences between the film and the comic is that they have hollywoodised the story. Some parts having done so work well, some others give it more of a traditional Super Hero feel and more of a Hollywood ending.

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