Escape to the Movies: "Kick-Ass"

“Intermission” is all about superhero movies you may not remember existing:

7 thoughts on “Escape to the Movies: "Kick-Ass"

  1. tyra menendez says:

    Anyone else want to stab Peter Travers in the face for releasing spoilers in his review, yet again? He's the movie critic for Rolling Stone, if you're wondering, though, at this point, I use the term loosely, as it doesn't seem he knows what makes a good movie, outside of the usual critic-fare movies.
    He sucked James Cameron's Avatard dick and came back for seconds (amending his original review to a 4 star), liked The Blind Side, and has been loading all his reviews with spoilers, of late.
    If you read the comics or even browsed them, you already know one of the big, third act reveals, but if you're going into this thing cold, Peter Travers just spewed it, in third fucking paragraph.

    Also, I agree about the comic, it had its moments, but Millar can't decide if he wants to be Alan Moore or Frank Miller.


  2. Scythe says:

    I just saw the movie. At first I was wonder why you didn't sound more excited over the movie in your review Bob. Now I can completely see why. It was a very good movie, but I'm just not sure how to feel about it. This is hands down one of the most violent movies I've ever seen. I have no problem with the amount of swearing Chloe Moretz did, but as far as the amount of violence…yikes.

    Oh, and yeah, there must be a lot of people out there wondering what Nick Cage was doing with his speech. It's shame they don't get that.


  3. Steve says:

    For some reason I just couldn't get excited over Kick Ass (UK got this one earlier than the US for a change!) and it went straight onto my Blu-Ray rental list. There's stuff here I want to see but I think Bob nailed it in this review:

    As a deconstruction of the superhero mythos Watchmen pretty much scratched my itch in that department. While the comic version of Kick Ass is interesting I already know, thanks to spoilers in reviews, that they've taken out some of my favourite bits and when you take that away all your left with is the violence. Which is all well and good but I can't help but feel that, while there's nothing inherently wrong with putting an 11 year old on-screen doing what Hit Girl does if there's a good reason behind it, the movie version is just being held up as an example of cool which leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Well, it does for me at least.

    Aaaaanyway, what I was really wondering was what people's feelings are regarding the timing of this particular film. As I said the UK got this a couple of weeks back so it'll be well out of the way by the time the cinematic wrecking ball called Iron Man 2 turns up in two weeks time. I can't help but wonder if the US release isn't going to suffer for landing right in the middle of the pre-release IM2 hype, or if they're hoping to ride the superhero wave generated by that hype to greater ticket sales. Either way, will be interesting to see how it does.


  4. Ghostmayhem says:

    Though overall I really enjoyed myself at this film, I thought there were a few problems, really just specific scenes that I couldn't stand. (Spoilers)
    1 – The entire subplot with that attractive girl with the french name. To be honest, it's probably just because I can relate more, but I definitely prefer the ending of the comic to the film, just because this version ended up becoming exactly the cliche that the books avoided, though I'm sure that was done purposely.
    2 – The strobe-light scene… To put it simply, I literally almost had a seizure. Way worse than anything from “Cloverfield” or any other movie of that sub-genre.
    3 – All of the gratuitous action, which probably added up to one-third of the entire feature. Not that it wasn't good, stupid fun, but after a while I just wished it was over.

    By the way, about Nick Cage's “Batman”, I'm 15 and I got the Adam West reference, though I have to explain it to everyone I mention it to. And yeah, he was fantastic. Better in every way to his comic counterpart.


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