Monday, April 26, 2010


This weekend I went to see "Kick-Ass" which turned out to be one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in a long time. Best described as teen comedy meets Quentin Tarantino, it kept me riveted with its film-making brio, story telling, interesting characters, and sheer entertainment value.

I usually find movies derived from comic books predictable and boring, especially in the plot lines of the villain who is trying to take over the world/destroy our hero. But "Kick-Ass" has a much more engrossing conflict, dimensional characters, and two genuinely interesting and talented young leads.

The movie is generating some controversy over the fact that Chloe Moretz, who plays the profanity spewing, villain slicing and dicing, Hit-Girl was 11 when the film was shooting. And I have to respect that many people might be offended by an 11 year old greeting bad guys with the c-word before killing them all. So that should be the litmus test of whether you see the film or not.

(With that warning, if you want to see what I'm talking about - click here.)


Jennifer said...

I haven't seen the film but think the idea of an 11 year old girl as a crime fighter is terrific. Maybe she doesn't need to be throwing out so many four-letter words, but why should heroes have to be above a certain age or male? Go Hit-Girl!

Anonymous said...

who cares if she swears? their simply words and when they are used so casually they barely mean anything.
I think that the rage against her character is just playing into it more, it makes people more intrigued to see the film, so overall i think it was a good choice to make her use that language
.. after all, its realistic, lots of 11 year old girls swear.

Anonymous said...

Saw the movie this weekend, too, and loved it. Anything but predictable, the story was funny and exciting - enjoyed Nicholas Cage as Hit Girl's father, too.

Joe Holmes said...

I said to my 15-year-old daughter, Are you sure you want to see a movie with intense violence and really offensive swearing, and without a beat she said, Oh, yes. That seals it. This weekend.

Joe Holmes said...

What a treat! Fresh, hilarious, unpredictable. I despair for the sequel, however.