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Kick-Ass Review: It’s Kick Ass

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Warning – Kick- Ass is an 18A movie, meaning that only 18 year olds and above should be seeing this movie (with good reason). If you are not 18 years old, please refrain from seeing the movie.

It is fair to say that I immediately enjoyed Kick-Ass, a movie by Matthew Vaughn based on the original comic by Mark Millar. The movie is so outrageous and destructive that it’s hard not to enjoy the movie. The plot begins in much the same was as every other teen flick, where the male main character, Dave Lizewski, wants to make a change to his boring average life. The signature twist of this film is that instead of throwing a giant party or engaging in some kind of parade of sexual domination, he decides to become a superhero. However, he immediately discovers that this is a much more difficult task than he first envisioned, and gets himself caught in the much larger and more surreal fight between the mob boss D’Amico and the vigilantes Hit Girl and Big Daddy. This gang war eventually steals the spotlight of the movie, and coming to a climax, men die and Gatling guns are shot. The climax is absurdly satisfying, and I think should get the award for the best use of a bazooka I’ve seen in a film.

Bazooka or not, this doesn’t detract from the story’s negatives, which are numerous. Many parts of the story are cheesy, on a literal, we saved the day let’s ride into the sunset sorts of moments. It’s unfortunate that the end of the movie is one of these, as well as a significant flying fight scene, where it’s clear the special effects budget had run out. Luckily, most of these scenes can usually be taken in as part of the fun, as they are crazy and hilarious in their own right. The cheese only becomes a constant nuisance during the romance scenes. Generally any time Katie, Dave’s love interest, opened her mouth, I shuddered in my seat. Her dialogue was corny, and her occasionally hammy acting made things worse. These instances felt like they were forcefully inserted into the movie for the sake of romantic tension and to drive the number of obscenities higher.

The characters of the film are well played by their actors. Aaron Johnson plays a convincingly bewildered and dreaming 17 year old, who happens to play a superhero with a poor name choice. Nicholas Cage, the only real ‘star’ to be cast in this film, is remarkable as Big Daddy. He’s half-Adam West, half-William Shatner, playing his role appropriately. An obsessive but caring father is not a tremendously difficult role, but I did enjoy seeing him in it. The character who I personally think stole the spotlight of the film was Hit Girl, so much so that I didn’t care so much for Kick Ass as I did her. It became a series of ‘what disturbingly violent and offensive thing will that 11 year old girl do next?’ and I stopped paying attention to the main character, especially since his exploits weren’t as interesting in the long run.

Hit Girl is also a make or break point with the movie.  The character has a swear word count as high as any given character in the movie The Departed and usually follows it up with a frighteningly violent act for an eleven year old to be committing. Acts include throwing grenades, stabbing multiple people with swords, and then shooting them down with their own gun. Without her character, the movie is easily 14A. My personal response was to break into laughter any time her character appeared on the screen, solely because it was so offensive, which I presumed was much of the movie’s joke.

Does this offend you?

The point behind Kick Ass’ series of upsetting scenes is to parody the nature of the superhero genre and action movies in general. While we usually only see the violence being cut away or toned down, Kick Ass shows what it would take for a vigilante to have any effect on a crime syndicate. Hit Girl exists solely to make these exploits creepier and point out how depraved action movies have really gotten. However, these are themes better handled by movies like Watchmen and Pulp Fiction, which have a degree of sophistication Kick Ass doesn’t. If you’re going to watch Kick Ass, don’t expect anything deep to come from it. This explanation only serves to be a justification for the film’s existence.

Really, if you wanted to watch Kick Ass, by now you’ve already made up your mind before reading this review. The movie is as ridiculous and violent as the trailers. It is also very funny, if unintentionally so at times. The only negatives I can think of are the plot failures mentioned earlier and the orchestral score, which resorted to the usual cliché sounds as often as it could, and increased the cheese factor. The soundtrack itself isn’t bad, in fact all the music accompanying Hit Girl’s brutal montages is fantastic.

In the long run, I certainly enjoyed Kick Ass. I just wish I didn’t feel the need to take a shower soon after watching it.

8.5/10

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Eureka Seven Madness – It’s almost a Review. I think.

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[You know what I love? 3 am. Three AM is this magical time of the day that you can do anything and talk to anyone without fear of being reproached and told that your writing is messy, confusing or written in the wrong language, because if they do you can always respond I did it at 3am, jerk-wad and suddenly it all makes sense. They will be keen to admit that this is not your best work or the reason that you beat little Jimmy with a hammer was not because you’re a psychopath. It’s because you’re a psychopath who works at 3am. And really if you’re not going to go on a murderous rampage afterwards, why bother starting anything past 1am. It’s just too much effort without the insanity.]

Wait. This was supposed to be about Eureka Seven wasn’t it? Read the rest of this entry

G.A.M uPDATE 5

Okay, so here’s another one of these nightmares. I’ve been screamed at for a month to put this up to the point where I no longer even remember what it is about. So based solely on memory here’s what it is apparently about:

  • Bleach movie in Canada October 20
  • Appleseed Anime series on permanent hold
  • Production IG to make computer animated film with Fuji TV
  • Hellsing ends, Hirano is coming up with something new for next year
  • Something about Evangellion
  • Manga/Anime Releases for the month
  • Funimation Juice?

Reviews: There will be more later in the week. This one was already getting too long.

So for the approximately four people who listen to these podcasts, I apologize for the extreme delay, but I have school and I don’t want to spend valuable sleeping time on the INTER-WEBZ. Also it will probably get down to twice a month at most.

G.A.M. uPDATE 2

Alright, I missed a week kinda. Arman is currently screaming at me to post this thing up, but I go at my own pace. And I like sleeping.

This week they talk about:

  • The return of Hunter X Hunter
  • The screw up of Tonari no 801-chan
  • Second Death Note Movie in the US
  • New Initial D anime
  • Eugene Zombies

There are no reviews this week, proving that they are just as lazy as I am. Oh and remember to comment.

G.A.M Netcast 1

Uhh, I was too busy to make my own post this week. Anyways it’s late but it’s not like anyone listens to it. Here’s the first proper G.A.M. uPDATE for this week.

He got his mic so it should sound better than last week’s frightening  turn out.

Topics Include:

  • Morbito on Adult Swim
  • Fansubs vs Industry Panel
  • Tomari no 801-chan
  • Kevin being a Death Note
  • Live action Death Note movie comes to Canada
  • Compatible Rock Band and Guitar Hero Controllers

Reviewed

  • Gurren Lagenn Vol. 1
  • Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Hero Accel 2
  • Shakugan no Shana Vol. 3

They seem to be better considering that last week was 30 minutes long and sucked. Regardless, Have fun.

Holy Movie Madness, Batman!

The Dark Knight is and was awesome. Everyone who saw it says so and those who don’t will never say so due to the fear of getting mauled by hundreds of thousands of fans. Regardless, Batman was amazing. Great sound, picture, story, and characters. Heath Ledger as the Joker was one of the best parts of the movie, and it really sucks now that he’s dead. The only negative is that there no laughing gas. I really wanted the Joker to use that madness-inducing “Joker venom”. Too bad I suppose, but the film did really well regardless and  he did give several deserving people his trademark smile.

All of this is really just repetition, so I won’t elaborate. I’m sure that ten thousand other blogs and their dog have basically said the same thing. The real reason I’m writing this is to explain the utter madness that occured because of the that movie. This movie beat out Spider-Man 3 of its title as world’s biggest cash cow. It also was much better than Spider-Man 3, then again that movie at this point doesn’t even compare to The Dark Knight.

I went to see the movie Friday, the day of its release. The midnight showing was sold out as I had realized the film was coming out too late to buy a ticket. After seeing the hype and increasingly positive reviews for the film, I try to go for the 7:00PM showing only to have it sell out the night before. I hastily buy a couple tickets for the 7:30PM showing and invite a couple friends to come along. We show up at about 5:30, two hours before the movie even starts. I took the necessary precautions when going to see a movie this hyped and went really early, expecting the theatre to be clear. “No one would show up more than two hours early for a Batman movie,” I say to myself as I approach theatre. Not even a minute later we see an inescapable line up of at least a hundred people eagerly waiting to see the movie. That was insane, completely insane, which in the end I should have expected considering irony of the situation.

Regardless the line up was a fun anticipation for the film. Everyone there was really enthusiastic about seeing the film and it helped make the Dark Knight much more enjoyable than it would have been had I not seen it Opening Day. Although it did require us to stand up for two hours.