Kick-Ass Is Surprisingly… Good

April 19, 2010 at 9:38 am


The Athletic Nerd Movie Reviews

I’m curious how many people wrote headlines like:

Kick-Ass, kicked ass…

I refuse to come up with a kick-ass headline but I can tell you that the movie was pretty entertaining.


First off, it’s a great idea.  Why hasn’t anyone tried yet?  I’ve thought about it.

What I liked about the movie is how it was grounded in reality without taking itself too seriously.  Watching him get beaten down in the first hour or so was fantastic.  You always expect a superhero to be a perfect fighter right off the bat.  Kick-Ass isn’t a perfect fighter…

Apparently, an 11 year old girl is.

There has been a lot of talk about how a remorseless 11 year old can brutally kill about 40 bad guys.  Personally, it’s a little strange the first time we see her double bladed staff plunged through 8 people’s chests.  After that I was impressed at how well the actress handled the fight choreography.  It’s pretty impressive.

After the movie, my friend and I were talking about whether audiences would respond to her violent actions.  My answer?  Why not?  Her back story is pretty clear.  It’s not like the first half of the movie portrays a quiet violence fearing little girl and then for no reason starts waving switch blades around.  She’s ruthless from the beginning.  It’s a part of the story.  It’s based on a comic book after all.

Here is a perfect example of the debate this movie caused:

Harry Knowles vs Roger Ebert

I recommend reading this and Ebert’s review.

As for Kick-Ass.  It’s a decent comic book movie that would be perfect to rent on DVD.  I wouldn’t rush people into theaters but I wouldn’t want them to skip it altogether either.