Sunday, April 25, 2010

Informal Kickass Review

*Warning: This is not a good review. I don’t feel like putting a lot of effort into polishing it, so I’m just going to jot down a few of my impressions of the movie. Not like anybody reads this, anyway.

So I went to see Kickass the other night with some friends. It was pretty funny, if you’re with the right company, but it’s definitely not something most adults will appreciate. For starters, the movie jumps right into the perils of puberty, with the 17/18 year old narrator monologue-ing about masturbation and how he’s so easily turned on, all he needs is to find a website with pictures of naked aborigines to get him going. Funny for some, gross for others.

The plot of this movie was somewhat scattered, I thought. Going into the theater I was expecting it to be about 3 kid superheroes that make up a justice team of some sorts, but it wasn’t really the case. Each character is going through his/her own dilemmas and situations, and they just happen to be related. Heck, they’re not all even good guys.

I have to say, Nicholas Cage was one of my favorite characters, playing Big Daddy to his little Hit Girl. Their first appearance showed Nic shooting his ‘baby girl’ outside while she wore a bullet-proof-vest, to prepare her for the shock of it in case it ever happened in the future. Their relationship is pretty comical. Hit Girl herself was extremely badass, as she stole some scenes with her impressive skills, including the impossible reloading of her two guns while rushing through the air without actually touching them … I don’t know how to explain that better, but similar things happen in other action movies. You can’t help but love these guys for making fun of the industry, in a way.

Anyway,the action WAS good, and I was pleased with the ending. Every character had something to offer to the movie, and the narration was always comical. But if I learned anything, it was how you should NOT try to be a superhero, because you WILL get mugged and you WILL get beaten up to the point where paramedics have to take you to the ER, and you must tell everyone they threw your clothes away because they were so bloody, but everyone still thinks you were found naked and had been raped.

In the end, it was a good piece of entertainment, but only for that certain age group/mindset that won’t be too uncomfortable for the gross humor. Thankfully I'm party of that category, or I wouldn't be able to give it 3 ½ stars out of 5.

*By the way, guys, a cheap trick I've found is that at those new movie theaters where you can buy your tickets on kiosks with a credit card, you can usually purchase a kid's ticket for a few bucks cheaper and get in without them checking to see if it matches your age. Just saying. If you aren't bothered by the guilt of cheating/stealing/lying/whateveryouwannacallit.

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