Matinee: Kick-Ass

August 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

For about the last four years, starting with the release of Iron Man, we have seen a steady influx of credible comic book movies. Considering, the amount of poor attempts we have seen since the mid 90s, it’s pleasant to see that the comic book movie is not quite as enigmatic as it once was.

To be honest though, even though I’m a fan of the comic book genre, the sheer magnitude of films beings released is becoming slightly overwhelming and there definitely needs to be  some sort of quality control filter in place because we don’t want to go back to the days of Catwoman, Elektra and Batman & Robin. One movie that definitely teeters on the edge between good and bad is 2010’s Kick-Ass.

I must say it was refreshing to see an alternative comic book story and one that is not afraid to make fun of itself. Kick-Ass continues to poke fun at the comic book genre and the whole culture that revolves around these illustrated story books. Kick-Ass is a movie for the video game generation of today, its mix of glorified, stylised violence, witty wise-cracking humour and nonchalant use of profanity will certainly raise the pulse of its late teen audience members. But with all its positives, comes an equal amount of negatives. Matthew Vaughn struggles to be anything more than he already is, a cheaper version of his mate, Guy Ritchie. His direction is sluggish, rough around the edges and a poor attempt to copy Ritchie’s unique style.

Aaron Johnson fails to live up to rather high expectations after his star turn in Nowhere Boy. His unimpressive impersonation of an American high school teenager with an added strut, smirk and his constant aura of prick  is just embarrassing and his squeaky accent begins to grate from the get go, he is an unconvincing anti-hero. Johnson’s counterpart Christopher Mintz-Plasse continues to look awkward in front of camera as he just goes through the motions, I bet McLovin feels like decades ago as he struggle to do anything but waste our time. A nice surprise is Nicholas Cage, back to his kooky best as he’s not just making a film to pay off his lawyers  and feed his need for ladies of the night. Cage’s ironic performance of an aging super hero is a uncanny juxtaposition of art imitating life refrencing Cage’s personal choice to continue to star in bug budget pieces of shit movies such as Drive Angy and Bangkok Dangerous. Partnered with foul mouthed 14 year old, Chloe Moretz, the duo lift this somewhat deflated movie.

Overall, Kick-Ass struggles to kick any ass really. Its clever and different approach to a comic book movie struggles to be anything more than that, there are brief moments of excellence and hilarity, but this movie really needed a kick up the ass for it to impress.

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