Finally. Kick-Ass opens tomorrow.
I’d been jacked for Kick-Ass for several months as the online campaign began to gain momentum. I saw it at a press screening several weeks ago in an empty theatre with a handful of journalists and loved every minute. But I can’t wait to see it again with a full audience and… well… the opening credits. You’ll know when you’re there. And you must go. Because Kick-Ass is FUN. And Kick-Ass is funny. And you will come out of Kick-Ass wanting to be Hit Girl. Chloe Grace Moretz announces herself as The Next. She certainly could be. But Portman > Lohan, right?
There are some clever moments in Kick-Ass, and a lost message about social media is in there somewhere too, and Aaron Johnson is hot, and Nicolas Cage, for a change, is actually entertaining, but mostly it’s the chemistry. These people look like they’re having a really really great time. Ultimately that kind of enthusiasm is infectious. This is what the buzz is about. And this is why I really want to rewatch it in a packed theatre. There is something about that energy that travels from screen to viewer, up and down around through every row – it’s the elusive intangible electricity that we are subconsciously trying to recapture every time we go to the movies …this is what Kick-Ass is delivering, this is the effect it’s having on audiences.
Much has been made of the violence and critics of the film are complaining that watching an 11 year old GIRL cuss so liberally and kill with such unadulterated glee makes them uncomfortable. I guess??? I mean, it’s an R rated movie. It’s not a f-cking secret. And more importantly, the gore, it’s not subversive either. In fact, it’s almost comical in its excess. Your kids are listening to Ke$ha on the radio singing about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels and inviting dudes to put some “love in her glove box”. All in the name of an irresistibly addictive beat. I’m just saying there are other evils. It’s relative.
And if you want to make that argument about Kick-Ass you better be willing to listen to mine about The Hangover and Hot Tub Time Machine. And the homophobia. Because these movies with their “gay jokes”, the excuse is that - oh those guys are such douchebags, it’s so obvious that the gaybashing is portrayed as an UNattractive attribute… but is it? Because I guarantee you the gang-raping frat boys who loop those movies on repeat every weekend don’t see those kinds of comments as negative attributes. In fact, they laugh, and they think it’s ok, and they rinse and repeat. And why isn’t that more offensive than Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass who can take care of her own business, who doesn’t aspire to become a model or a singer, who uses her brain with her brawn, who doesn’t care about her hair, and knows about being a loyal friend… is she more offensive than the Asian stereotype, “chink”-talking gay gangster who f-cked with Bradley Cooper and his crew?
To me, in comparison to that, I’ll take Hit Girl. Every day. She’s a f-cking bad ass. Girls can kick ass too.