Kick-Ass (2010)

“Just the perfect combination of optimism and naivety.”

Since I’ve started watching and reviewing One Movie Each Day, I’ve stuck exclusively to movies that I hadn’t seen prior to starting out on this blogging adventure. However, as I said last week, I’m looking for a new gimmick for my Saturday reviews. Watching a movie every single day really does become monotonous after a while, so in addition to Wednesday Weirdness, I’m now introducing the OM|ED Saturday Replay, where I re-watch a movie I watched before my blogging and post some thoughts on seeing it through my jaded reviewer’s eyes.

The first movie I’ve decided to re-watch is 2010’s Kick-Ass. Since watching Griff The Invisible was part of my inspiration for doing these replays I figured that a movie that did the “regular guy becomes a superhero” comedy thing exactly right.

I originally saw this movie a little over a year ago, and I’ve got to say that on this second viewing, it was even better than I remembered. There are some campy teen-comedy moments, but they’re minimal and mostly work. What this movie has in spades is originally and heart. It’s clear that director Matthew Vaughn has a great deal of affection for his source materiel. The movie starts a little bit slowly but rapidly accelerates to a brisk pace. The characters are distinct and original if not particularly nuanced. (Then again, this isn’t really a nuance kind of movie.) This movie does an excellent job of combining action and comedy, utilizing big heaps of both, yet keeping them separate. The action isn’t comedic action, it’s hard hitting brutal, and a lot of fun to watch.

Two things that really stand out in this film as exemplary. Henry Jackman’s score is fantastic. I’m barely a movie critic, and not at all a music critic, so I won’t try to explain why the music is so fantastic, but I loved it. The other stand out is the performance of Chloë Moretz as Mindy/Hit-Girl. Of course the mere fact that the character is a utterly violent, foul-mouthed, sweet, little eleven-year-old super hero, is one of the most distinctive things about this movie. It’s also something that could lead to a total mess of a character, but Chloë pulls it off, and really makes the movie work.

I really genuinely enjoyed watching this movie, it’s just a lot of fun. Unfortunatley I’m really running late with this review, so I’ll have to wrap it up here. As I have the past two Saturday’s I’m going to reserve the right to come back and add more thoughts to this review later. (But don’t count on that happening.) This movie isn’t for everyone, but for me it’s a must see, and definitely a movie that I’ll want to watch again and again.

[Kick-Ass (2010) – Directed by Matthew Vaughn – Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use – some involving children]

OM|ED Rating: Must See