Post date: Apr 30, 2010 2:23:14 AM
Despite what I'm about to say, I think Roger Ebert kicks much more ass than this movie. I had a fantastic time at the 12th Annual Ebertfest (which I'll be writing about soon), and saw 12 movies out of 13 total, most of which were outstanding.
Kick-Ass, as you may know, is a superhero satire -- based on an eight-issue comic series by industry giants Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. -- that both pokes holes in and celebrates the genre. You've got your nerdy high schooler (Aaron Johnson), a guy with no real superpowers or advanced training, but who saves up enough cas h to buy a full-body swimsuit on the internet and can take a beating due to his dead nerve endings. He becomes an instant internet sensation when his fight with a couple of street thugs gets recorded on some bystanders' camera phones, which leads him to team up with a couple of more advanced "superheroes," middle-aged, insane, goofball Big Daddy (Nic Cage) and his 11-year-old daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). Ebert's main objection to the film seems to be its lack of compassion . . . or something. That it's morally reprehensible for this 11-year-old girl character to be slashing people with double-headed spears and whatnot. Because school shootings exist, we can't have a sense of humor about this kind.What can I say? I guess there is an unbridgeable gap for Mr. Ebert. He simply doesn't have a comic nerd's sense of humor, and I can't blame him for that. My main criticism of the movie is that there was kind of imbalance in the humor. The first half of the movie was joke after joke -- utterly hilarious and not serious at all. But the second half was a little more sober, more like a standard action movie. I just sensed an unevenness about it, as though it started off creatively and ended a little more generic.
Still worth a watch in my book, but maybe not one you absolutely must see immediately.