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Or “Kick Ass”, The Movie, if you prefer.

It’s based on a comic book¬† (graphic novel) by Mark Millar for Marvel, with artwork by John Romita, Jr.

The film features an agreeably quirky performance (does he give any other kind?) by Nicolas Cage, channeling Adam West as a gun-toting costumed nut.

He’s by no means the only one, in a movie where vicious criminals are routinely and brutally dispatched by Cage, and a supporting cast of brightly costumed youngsters – including Aaron Johnson as Kick Ass, the film’s central figure and narrator and, notably, Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl (who inspired the title of this post).

Levels of violence here are on a par with the best (worst?) Japanese martial arts / action flicks.

In this respect, the movie stays faithful to its source material.

Compare the panel below:

"Kick Ass" artwork, by John Romita, Jr.

to the (heavily censored) action of the trailer:

And rest assured that the movie delivers what the panel suggests it might.

There’s an underlying message or two, regarding the rights or wrongs of vigilante justice, and the extent to which parents consciously mold the psyches of their offspring.

But, “Kick Ass” is, in essence, a superhero comedy.

And therein lies the problem.

As an audience, we’re left conflicted.

Do we laugh at the funny-smart dialogue these kids are spouting, as they hack, slash, and machine gun their way through another bunch of goons?

Or gasp in horror, at the extreme violence being perpetrated by these grade and high-school-age “heroes?”

It’s a tricky balancing act. One which I’m not sure the producers of this film have carried off.

As always, I’ll let you judge for yourselves.

For the record, though, superhero comedy doesn’t work for me.

I take my costumed nuts serious. Especially the gun-toting ones.

But I admit, I did have some nasty fun, with this.


Or whatever.


re: Quests

If the kids (or you) are suffering Harry Potter withdrawal, you could do worse than check out “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

Despite the cumbrous title, it’s an entertaining romp that treads very similar ground to the recent remake of Ray Harryhausen’s “Clash of the Titans.”

Small wonder. They have the same basic premise:

Half-mortal son of Poseidon / Zeus undertakes dangerous quest, with gods and monsters opposing him, every step of the way.

Check out the trailer, below:

The special effects are special enough, so the kids will appreciate the scary monsters. And the heroic – well, kids – at the heart of the story.

It’s Classical Mythology, for the ipad generation.

I got a kick out of it. But, judge for yourself.


A New Game is Afoot!

And, along came Sherlock Holmes. The Movie.

I’ll confess, I had reservations about this.

I grew up on Holmes – the novels and short stories – and have definite and deeply ingrained views of how he should look and sound.

Jeremy Brett (remember him?) WAS and always will be Sherlock Holmes, for me.

Plus, Guy Ritchie – the director of the new film – has a patchy record, at best. From the pinnacle of “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” to the dregs of “Circus.”

Then, I saw the trailer (which you can check out, below). And thought, “Hmm.”

Jude Law as Watson? Appropriate.
Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler? Delicious.
And Robert Downey Jr., as Holmes? Yes! He’s Iron Man, too (2?), so he’s already got points in his favor.

Just recently, I saw the movie itself.

Two-fisted action. Witty dialogue. Quirky behavior. Deduction. An atmospheric recreation of Victorian London. Yeah!!
This is one I actually hope will spawn a franchise. Sequels, please!

I liked it so much, I read the screenplay.

I understand that Guy Ritchie has a “reboot” of the King Arthur legend next, in his sights. If it’s anything like the quality of “Sherlock Holmes”, I’ll be there for that, too.
Praying that Clive Owen isn’t allowed anywhere near the set (Just kidding, Clive).

Till then (or earlier).