I just got back from seeing Kick Ass and OMG it truly rocked. I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me. British actor Aaron Johnson plays shy geek turned teen superhero adorably. The film generally managed to be remarkably true to the spirit of the comic while still throwing in new twists and surprises that weren’t part of the original story to keep those who had read the story guessing. I don’t really want to give away any spoilers about it. It is that good. They really did a great job of capturing the dark humor of the series.
Those of you who have seen it will know what I mean when I say that the changes in the relationship between Dave and Katie were good but not as “real” as the way things unfolded in the comic. But not only did these and the other changes did make it a more entertaining movie (especially the big finish), but they also improved on the source material. I know some people (including myself) didn’t like the unnecessary homophobic hate speech that cropped up a few times in the book. But not to worry, there was none of that in the movie.
Hit-Girl was phenomenal (her sequences were blindingly violent and a thing of beauty. I was surprised that Nick Cage (who I’ve never liked all that much) was really good as well.
It is a genuine hit. Here’s what HNH favorite The GayComicGeek has to say about it.
As usual he’s right on the money. Though I actually enjoyed the occasional cheesier moments as they seemed very intentional to me and worked well with to way the film sometimes lapses into a parody of itself and the genre in genre. LOVED IT!
Also check out what CBR and everyone else has to say too… it got an average of “B+” but only because one hopelessly square asshole at the Chicago Sun-Times didn’t get the point. … Time, San Francisco Chronicle, IGN, Variety and Empire all gave it an “A.” I give it an A+! Run don’t walk to the next screening!
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