Two Ways to Kick Ass

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There's only two ways to Kick Ass, the movie.  The high road.  Or the low road.

Let's take the high road since that's gonna be short and not so sweet.  Having an 11 year-old girl kill endless mob men like a red-hot knife through butter is horrific, gruesome, grotesque, highly unnecessary, and just freakin' stupid.  Something like this would never happen in real life.  Her acrobatics makes Jackie Chan look like a first grader.

Well...that wasn't all that fun.

When I see a movie with the word "Kick Ass" as its title, I have a slight feeling, an inkling that this movie isn't going to delve into the meaning of life.  That's what my woman's intuition is telling me.  This movie is about escaping the real world, whatever that may be for you, and having fun.  It's pure fun.  It's entertaining.  And the writing is pretty damn good.

Jane Goldman is one of the screenwriters, and she took the screenwriting class David Freeman teaches. And one of the main things he emphasizes is surprises, to not write cliches.  So I expected Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Johnson, to literally kick ass.  Any real person who has no fighting skill, no athletic ability of any kind will get their ass kicked when they try and fight bad guys.  And that surprised me.  No super powers here.

I also didn't expect an 11 year-old girl, aptly named Hit Girl, to literally kick ass.  And it was nice to see that she wasn't written to have any kind of remorse.  Nor did the movie explain why.  It didn't need to.  It would have taken away from the comedic carnage that she commits.  She's a highly trained killer who could probably take on many Jackie Chans.  Chloe Moretz's presence dripped off the screen.  I think she made the part and even stole the show.

Nicholas Cage played the role of Big Daddy.  His whole thing is vengeance.  But he teaches his daughter how to kill through love and adoration as if he was teaching her how to paint a Monet.  He doesn't teach her with anger, to punish those who took away his love.  And that's different.

I had seen several critics take the high road.  And I'm thinking, "Are you serious?"  Apparently, yes.

When the main character is named Kick-Ass, aided by Hit Girl and Big Daddy, and the kid who made McLovin from Hawaii famous (SUPERBAD) play one of the bad guys called Red Mist, you can't take this movie too serious.  Or else you won't have fun.