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Kick-Ass

Published October 26, 2010

Kick-Ass

Film info

  • Title Kick-Ass
  • Director Matthew Vaughn
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Crime, Action
  • Tagline Shut up. Kick ass.

Inspired by his love of comic books, high school student Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides to transform himself into a masked crime fighter - a decision that eventually thrusts the teenager into Internet stardom. Soon, Dave's antics inspire a wave of would-be heroes to don costumes and live out their superhero fantasies. Nicolas Cage, Cristopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz also star in this comic book adaptation from director Matthew Vaughn.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:45 I can’t say I have ever really wanted to be a super-hero. Not really. I’d like to teleport places, but that’s more tech than super.
2:58 It’s the Hot Tub Time Machine guy.
5:36 I wish I ate more cereal. The boxes are always so interesting.
7:46 I don’t think I have ever been in a comic book store!
7:59 Did he just say centrifical?
11:06 Surely it is crazy embarrassing to go to the cinema with your dad?
12:30 Ah, Nicolas Cage. Somewhat creepy dad.
15:49 Hey, come on, if Neo can’t do it first time, no one can!
18:08 His crime fighting days didn’t last long.
18:59 Loving the direction. Arty but not over the top like Snatch was.
24:22 They might have overcooked him.
27:38 Did he have to buy a whole new suit or did he patch up the old one?
30:05 The problem is, if he doesn’t have the radar hearing of Superman, how does he know who’s the bad guy?
32:50 It’s actual YouTube!
35:26 All it takes is getting hit by a car and a gay rumour and you can get the girl.
36:39 I don’t understand how he isn’t scared walking into places like that. It’s one thing to fall into trouble, quite another to go looking for it.
39:46 She is awesome because she has purple hair.
41:05 Although technically one hell of a murderer.
44:54 He lives in one of those houses like on Ugly Betty.
47:53 That is one twisted little girl.
51:19 I like the 3D comic book effect.
55:49 “We emailed him.” Best way to find a superhero.
57:26 An Ugly Betty mention!
1:00:44 The mist-mobile!
1:03:53 A cape can’t be a good idea in a fire.
1:12:56 I don’t mind him getting the girl because it’s anything if unconventional.
1:16:29 That MUST be the Ugly Betty set.
1:18:35 Superman never used GPS.
1:25:44 The girl had better hurry up.
1:26:06 “Or find out what happened on LOST.” Win!
1:27:49 That’s clever because it looks just like a video game - first person shooter and all that.
1:30:07 Beautiful.
1:35:59 I’m surprised the guy has any henchmen left.
1:38:52 I don’t even understand how that works, but it’s awesome.
1:42:09 “I’m getting the bazooka.”
1:42:35 Would you really start calling someone names if they were carrying a bazooka?
1:43:21 Excellent choice of music.
1:47:13 The bazooka!

Thoughts

I initially heard of this because Jonathan Ross was talking about his wife writing it, or writing the sequel or something. Then it caused quite the controversy. We checked out the trailer on iTunes, but it wasn’t really a trailer, it was just one scene. That was enough, though, and when we couldn’t decide what to watch, we plumped for this one.

For a little while, I was a bit concerned about the excess swearing, because I always feel there’s no need for language every three words. However, the longer the film went on, the more it seemed to fit, and I could just go with it. I loved just how unconventional the entire thing was, from the very simple premise, to the twists and turns, to the controversial aspects. The title is the only thing that bugs me, but the sequel is going to be worse!

Rating: 5 / 5

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