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When I grow up, I wanna be Hit-Girl

I knew very little about Kick-Ass before I saw it. I hadn't read the comics, hadn't read any articles or reviews. I'd seen the regular trailers (not even the red band ones) and some recent talk show interviews and just thought it looked cool and kind of fun. McLovin, little girl superhero, Banana Splits music... what's not fun about that? Hehehe.

The set-up is pretty simple: Geeky teen who's tired of being victimized decides to don a costume, call himself "Kick-Ass" and go fight crime. But he quickly learns that altruism is no substitute for a badass skillset and some serious weaponry. Enter Hit-Girl to show him how it's done (and totally steal this film).

There are plenty of laughs to be found, of course, but the film is darker and way more violent than I expected. I'm actually glad I was caught off-guard by that because if I'd known what I was getting myself into it wouldn't have had the same impact. And I totally loved it — not just for shocking the hell out of me, but for making me root for a foul-mouthed, 11-year-old girl dishing out some hardcore justice to the bad guys. How did they do that? And not only that, they actually made me like Nicolas Cage! He was awesome as Big Daddy.

Bravo.

I can't wait until this hits DVD. I want to see it again! I think I'll have to read the comics now too.

I might even have to dress up as Hit Girl for Dragon*Con



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the_narration
Apr. 20th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I might even have to dress up as Hit Girl for Dragon*Con
You're probably about the right height for it. ;-P

Part of me is really curious to see this, and part of me is like "Another deconstruction of superheroes? Hasn't that been done to death for the last thirty years?"
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Yeah yeah yeah - superheroes don't really exist so the main "superhero" has no dark past, no special powers and he gets his ass kicked way better than he kicks ass. The "superheroes" that really do kick some bad guy ass are doing it for personal revenge and able to do it because they've trained hard. Wha-eva. It's just a fun flick :D

It's far from a perfect movie, though. I was actually kind of bored for the first 10 minutes or so because I found the main character's story a bit dull and the humor too obvious. But it gets better and, aside from the whole thing grinding to halt about midway through to quickly shoehorn in some Big Daddy backstory, it's a rockin' good time.



You're probably about the right height for it.

Hee. I know. I could totally pull it off.



Edited at 2010-04-20 07:22 am (UTC)
tackdriver56
Apr. 20th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hit Girl HD Trailer
I just watched the trailer... it looks like a hoot, like "Wanted", done as a comedy. It's on my list.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Hit Girl HD Trailer
For shock value alone, it's worth seeing, but it was a darkly fun movie with loads of snicker-worthy superhero references. My husband and I both loved it.
spectralbovine
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Hit Girl HD Trailer
I find it amusing that this is the second time someone has compared the movie to Wanted. Because I don't really see it, yet it makes sense they're both based on Mark Millar comics.
tackdriver56
Apr. 22nd, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Hit Girl HD Trailer
Fascinating. My observation was based on the gun-stunts in the trailer.
castellan_craft
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to see this for awhile since a friend wouldn't stop going on about how great it was since she saw an early screening at the buttnumbathon. She also bet on seeing a plethora of Hit-Girl costumes come convention season. Looks like she was right. XD
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hee. Yeah if I expect a sea of Hit Girls at Dragon*Con, but I want to be among them :D

Go see it!
spinflight
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
i heard the movie is a departure from the comics. let us know what you think of them please!
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. I've heard the comics are a bit darker than the film, so I'm definitely curious.
trystanknight
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
HELL YES that movie was FULLY AWESOME. Hit-Girl stole the show, much ass-kicking was had, and scary-tooth mob boss guy from Sherlock Holmes KA-BOOM.

That girl stole the show. Everyone knows it. They're all talking about her. She's such a little jewel, I follow her on twitter and she's so adorable you just want to feed her chocolate and then watch her bounce off the walls (not, presumably, killing people.) (Presumably.)

Anyway, I'm glad you liked it, I'm glad I'm not the only one, and the funny thing is - the film was SO well made. It had all the right homages and satire - Batman Begins, The Spirit 3, even the night-car sequence had a Michael Mann feel to it after the lumber yard burned!!! Beautiful, beautiful.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
The very idea of a little girl wielding weapons with such over-the-top action hero expertise and slaughtering all those bad guys was as hilariously awesome as it was disturbing. I was seriously blown away by Hit Girl!

I'm not a comic book person so I'm sure plenty of references went right past me, but the obvious stuff that I did catch was very fun and done quite well.
the_narration
Apr. 21st, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
The very idea of a little girl wielding weapons with such over-the-top action hero expertise and slaughtering all those bad guys was as hilariously awesome as it was disturbing.
Heh. It might lose a little of the shock value for me, since I've seen a few works that went down that route before, but little girls killing people always has a sort of inherent incongruity that is simultaneously horrifying and amazing.
cisaac
Apr. 20th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I completely loved this movie as well. It was just so much fun.

Of course, I'll never think of Banana Splits the same way again... ;)
roxybisquaint
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
So fun :)
I think this movie is growing more awesome in my mind and I fear I may be let down when I finally do see it again!

Meanwhile, my husband and I have been whistling the Banana Splits music a lot.
intrepid01
Apr. 20th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
LoL!

I so really want to see this film ever since someone posted a clip on the Terminator Wiki with Big Daddy giving his little girl a present, which turned out to be a weapon and she says something like, but I wanted a doll, nah, I just fuc'n with ya!

My sort of film!

I also never even heard of Kick Ass, don't care, once you see a dad shoot his little girl in a bullet proof vest, even Nicolas Cage can't screw that up.

I want want want want to see this film!
roxybisquaint
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Whatyu waitin' for? Go see it!

a dad shoot his little girl in a bullet proof vest

If I remember correctly, that's Big Daddy and Hit-Girl's first scene. It's an awesome introduction of those characters.
spectralbovine
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
I've put my hold request in at the library. We'll see how long it takes before I get my hands on the comic, but I look forward to reading it.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
I just got it today. I may not get a chance to read it until the weekend, though.
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