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    Review: “Kick-Ass”

    By kyle | April 16, 2010

    Matthew Vaughn’s big-screen adaptation of the comic book “Kick-Ass” turns out to be a thumpingly good deconstruction of the superhero genre. My three and a half star review is up.

    Topics: Comic Books, Movies | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Review: “Kick-Ass””

    1. Robert P. Says:
      April 16th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      Are you trying to say Nic Cage’s Ghost Rider one-liners weren’t cool?

    2. James Frazier Says:
      April 17th, 2010 at 10:25 am

      I thought Nic Cage’s “Ghost Rider” hairpiece was cool. It’s great what they can do for balding movie stars these days.

    3. schizuki Says:
      April 19th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Just got back from seeing this. Avoided reading the review because I like to be thoroughly surprised. Also writing this before reading it so my “review” won’t be contaminated:

      Thoroughly entertaining. Hit Girl’s first action scene was the best action sequence in the past ten years in its giggly exuberance. I counted four distinct high-action scenes – all were distinct from each other and three of them were genuinely unique.

      Cage was a hoot. The Kick-Ass character was actually rather dull – it was Big Daddy and Hit Girl’s movie.

      Best use of music in a film that I’ve ever seen (heard?). Morricone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and the Banana Splits theme? Awesome.

      Movie math: Kick Ass = Watchmen + Zombieland.

    4. schizuki Says:
      April 19th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      OK, cool – I just read your review and agree with everything. Well, except the super-hard “R”. My wife is pretty sensitive to violence, and even she didn’t think it was all that bad.

      Yep, Hit Girl kicks ass!

    5. kishke Says:
      August 16th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Just saw Kick-Ass. Boy, what a movie! Really a fun ride.