Kick-Ass…WTF?

Kick-Ass Movie Poster

Kick-Ass is the 2010 movie based on the comic book of the same name created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

It is not a kids’ movie. No sireee! Any movie that has an eleven-year-old actress using the “c” word is definitely not one to bring the sprogs to see. But seeing that I had a night to myself I decided to rent out a couple of movies, including this one.

The film tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave, who sets out to become a real-life superhero calling himself Kick-Ass. Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy, a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the evil drug lord Frank D’Amico, has trained his 10-year-old daughter to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl (Mindy Macready)

It stars Aaron Johnson as Dave/Kick-Ass, Nicolas Cage as Damon Macready/Big Daddy, Chloe Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl, Mark Strong as Frank D’amico, and  Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico/Red Mist, Frank D’Amico’s son.

Like I said at the start, this is a movie for grown-ups. It’s violent (and not always in a cartoonish way, either) and frequently foul-mouthed. Now I’m no prude. I love these kind of movies. I was brought up on James Bond and the original Die Hard will never leave my personal Top 10 of all-time favourite flicks.

Hit-Girl tells it as it is.

While I really enjoyed this film for what it was – escapist but violent entertainment – I am well aware of the controversy surrounding it. Moretz was 11 at the time of filming and it seems wrong somehow to hear her speak in such a profane way. I live in Dublin; I’m well used to hearing that kind of language on the streets. It’s second nature to a lot of the kids here. But that doesn’t make it right, though.

Sure it’s funny and I suppose Millar is making the point of a child acting as an adult in order to survive. I can see that; but it doesn’t make for comfortable viewing.

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Neither would the violence meted out to Hit-Girl sit well with most movie-goers. Sure, she most definitely gives as good as she gets. Her kill-count is higher than the bad guys. Hell, her kill-count is higher than most Bond movies. But the young lady takes a severe battering at the end of the film. I read a review in the Irish Mail on Sunday where the reviewer gave Kick-Ass one star out of five mainly because of this. He wrote that violence against children is not fodder for entertainment. I can see his point, but I have to stress that while it was his personal opinion, mine is slightly different.

Yes, I agree that violence against children is not entertainment; but when you see a film like Sleepers (starring Kevin Bacon and Robert de Niro), the same argument could be made here. In both cases, though,  the children wreak revenge on their abusers. There is a happy ending of sorts, and be honest, who doesn’t like to see kids come out on top?

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9 responses to “Kick-Ass…WTF?

  1. Hey – Sounds like an interesting movie. Probably too vicious for me. I’ve seen every bond movie though. Even the OLD one’s. LOL Hope you’re having a great day! =D

    • I knew what to expect when I rented it, RaShelle, but it still shocked me in places.

      I’d watch it again, though. There were loads of great set-pieces and kick-ass moments.

      My day is good. Hope yours is, too.

  2. I loved this movie… one of my favorites this year.

    Yes it is disturbing that “Big Daddy” trained “Hit Girl” to be this way, AND she does take quite a beating… she does dish it out.

    There are so many things I love about this movie… I will keep my nerdy comments to myself.

    except:

    While I won’t support super-hero vigilantes publicly, I don’t believe you should sit idly by.

    Great post, sir!
    ~2

  3. We just saw a preview for this the other night and laughed at Kick Ass getting his Ass Kicked at the convenience store.

    Not really my kind of flick . . . but I can see it’s appeal to many.

  4. Thanks for your comments, folks. Much appreciated 🙂

  5. I don’t like it one bit, aardie (I’m the mom of a 12yo, after all). But then I am generally put off by any form of gratuitous violence.

  6. Your chief weapon is surprise, James. I’ve never seen it and I have to switch off when the going gets tough. You’ve widened my horizons, though…

  7. OK, I have just one question for you:
    What ‘c’ word did ‘Hit-Girl’ use?
    Was it ‘cookie’ perhaps?

    Sorry! Just had to!!
    I think it’s an – interesting movie. Something different than romcoms, horrors and all the others.
    Not something I would take my nieces and nephews to see but hey, I thought it was good.

    *#*

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