Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yeah, you should see Kick Ass.

I know this is sort of like making the sagacious observation that on a cloudless day the sky appears rather blue, but what makes a good movie is a well-told story - and well-told stories don't always have to fit snugly within the tropes of a genre.

By the same token, movies which strictly adhere to the standards of their genre (see: those Transformers movies) without being well-told, interesting stories tend to, well, suck.

This is what separates Kick Ass from the last few super hero/comic book movies. Unlike The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine and - perhaps the most guilty of this, Wanted (also based on a comic by Kick Ass writer Mark Millar) - Kick Ass doesn't often look to conform to mass-market appeal. It is a very different story with much more admirable strengths - a story about a kid who, ninety per cent of the time, gets his ass kicked. A comic book / super hero movie where violence actually feels violent.

Perhaps even more refreshing, it is a character-driven story which takes place entirely within the grounded, sensible reality you and I stroll through.
  • There are no super powers, so every character is achingly human.
  • Picking fights with bad guys will get you fucked right up.
  • Seeing a ten-year old swear like a sailor is delightfully shocking.

Which brings us to Hit Girl.

Played by Chloƫ Moretz, Hit Girl steals the show. They really might as well have called the movie Hit Girl, because she's the best thing in it. Watching a preteen brutally butcher a dozen mafia goons is far more enjoyable than one would expect it to be.

Speaking of Moretz and violent little girls, a quick Wiki-ing reveals her to be the star of the upcoming western adaptation of Let The Right One In. That Swedish horror/drama was based on the novel of the same name, which was released over here as Let Me In - a title the localized movie will also sport.

I'm getting off topic, so let me sum up: see Kick Ass, Let The Right One In is brilliant, and a Hollywood studio intends to fuck it up with an English remake.

Yeah, that's it.

Oh, also: see the movie before you read the comics, if you're so inclined. Even if the film adaptation maintains 90% of what made the books remarkable, they do wimp out a teensy bit, surely in favor of a better test-audience reaction - but the flick is still very enjoyable and refreshing.

1 comment:

  1. Kick-Ass has to be one of my new favorite films. Nothing beats having your fantasies shown off on the big screen for you to enjoy.