Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Bloody Murders are Cool
Alternatively titled: David the Movie Snob takes on KICK ASS
So, before my long and blogless weekend, David and I watched Kick-Ass. I cannot believe it took me so long to watch this movie. When I first so the preview so many months (years?) ago, I knew that I HAD to see this, but somehow it faded off my radar until we found it at the video store last week.
Just to briefly synopsize (wow, that's really a word?): Kick-ass is about a dumbass dorky high school student who decides to be a superhero. He doesn't have a super power, but is later helped out when he gets stabbed by some crooks and then hit by a car, leaving him with damaged nerve endings so he feels no pain. Ta-da! He may not have a super power, but he can suddenly take one hell of a beating. And he does. Several in fact. While all that beating is happening, he runs into HitGirl and her father, BigDaddy (haha) who are actually Real superheroes, which apparently means they really kill people. This is when Dumbass (I mean Kick Ass) realizes he's in way over his head. In fact, I think the exact moment he realizes that is when he watches 11-year old HitGirl chop off a bad guy's leg. Nice.
Despite the fact that this movie veered quite dramatically from what I thought it would be, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It takes a bit of suspension of disbelief, but really, it's a movie about a SUPERHERO so I think that's to be expected. Once I got over the fact that the whole second half of the movie would involve a little girl brutally killing at least 50 people with the help of her father, I really had fun. Oh, yeah, I also had to get over the fact that Nicolas Cage was in it...can't stand him.
David, though, didn't get over the Nick Cage or the little girl murderer. He was not impressed. "If it's going to be a super violent kind of disturbing movie, they should bill it as such. Also, don't even get me started on the plot holes," was the main gist of his comments, though he went on for about 10 minutes on the subject. He also didn't like the lame love story that they tried to stick the main character with. Eh, not such a big deal. I love love stories, even if they are lame. :)
DMS rating: 3/10 "But my scale is actually a 5 point scale because I find it better suited to my ratings." Right, Mr. Snob
my rating: 7/10