Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2010. Marv Films, Plan B Entertainment. Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.. Cinematography by Ben Davis. Produced by Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn. Music by Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman, John Murphy. Production Design by Russell De Rozario. Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon. Film Editing by Eddie Hamilton, Jon Harris, Pietro Scalia.
Strange, hyperviolent comic book movie about an eager young man (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who longs to be admired and decides to don a wet suit and make himself a superhero named Kick Ass. Unfortunately, he has no superpowers, no interesting back story, and his attempts to help people tend to land him in the hospital. Then one particular moment of bravery makes him a viral success on the internet and he becomes the talk of the town. His antics eventually have him cross the path of a much more experienced and sophisticated pint-sized crimefighter named Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), and her Batman-esque father Big Daddy (a terrible Nicolas Cage), who are out for revenge on a crime lord (Mark Strong) with shady ties to their past. There’s no end of vulgar language, swearing and unpleasant violence in this film, and if that’s your thing, you’ll be thrilled by it, but parents of young children (to whom this film is strangely marketed) might want to screen it before deciding for themselves. Moretz is terrific as the wee action woman who isn’t afraid to get shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest, but she is also part of a very weird trend in contemporary Hollywood of having little girls act like violent older men that, while it doesn’t alarm me in any morally puritanical way, might suggest to any of you doing a doctoral thesis on female violence in cinema that misogyny is not a thing of the past.