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Extraordinarily over the top celebration of trashy violence and profanity that clearly has no restraint, especially when it comes to explicitness. Without doubt an eleven year old (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) indulging limb slashing mayhem and very strong language, is where most of the controversy was seated. Clearly the film producers go full rounds with her to the point where she becomes the major focal point of the film.
Too its credit adding her as the ultimate heroine of the tale makes this movie more feministic than the usual comic book adaptations that place men at the core of the story. And her character is perhaps more interesting than the lovelorn geek who is sometimes dragged kicking and screaming into the action. He’s played by Aaron Taylor Johnson whose performance clearly is channelling the spirit the of those scorned computer geeks in Revenge of the Nerds.
Yet despite his adorable wimpy antics, his transformation into a hero who solves crime without the use of superpowers or gadgets is entirely convincing and rather touching. He and Moretz share an interesting sort of chemistry that crushes the clichéd comic book framework and some unevenness. Ultimately this wildly entertaining rollicking romp delivers it’s blood bath with characterisation and justification in equal measure. With its exploitation it’s perhaps the most blatant form of cinematic attention seeking but one that is undeniably entertaining.
Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.