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The UnPopular Opinion: Kick-Ass

Feb. 29, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

There are plenty of violent and/or ultraviolent and/or over-the-top action movies that I enjoy the shite out of.  ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICOSHOOT 'EM UPCRANK.  SUKIYAKI WESTERN: DJANGO.  And then there's KICK-ASS, a movie I so want to love but don't.  Far from it, in fact.  I was hit by the hype train pretty hard, and after an initial viewing which left me confused and bewildered I became convinced that the disconnect I felt was merely due to said hype train.  But a second viewing has made me realize that I was not, in fact, merely overhyped, and I do, in fact, really really not like this movie.

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One thing I'll say right off is that KICK-ASS is very well made.  I happily admit that.  The camera work is damn smooth, the colors pop, and the soundtrack kind of, well, kicks ass.  I won't deny that co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn succeeded in crafting what is an altogether slick piece of filmmaking.  But that's also about all it is.  KICK-ASS is a case of complete style over substance that has about as much resonance as a pebble dropped into a puddle of paint.

Let's start with the violence and work backwards, because it's easily the point of the most contention surrounding KICK-ASS.  Look, I don’t mind violence, or even over the top violence – but vicious violence without place, relevance, or necessity? That I do mind. By the time we reach the end of the orgy of glorified violence that is the movie's last act, whatever point the movie may/could have had has been ravaged beyond repair.  Or not even whatever point the movie could have had (as not every action movie needs a "message" or "point") - whatever humanity and catharsis the movie could have had has been so mangled as to be unrecognizable.  But here's where KICK-ASS also achieves something interesting: by the end of the movie I’m too worn out from watching to care about anything, be it about the characters, the action, the relevance of a particular event/moment, or my personal opinions about the movie.  KICK-ASS is such an assault on the senses that I really am actually physically drained from just watching the damn thing.

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While on the subject of violence, let's talk about Hit Girl.  Because she is a very violent chick indeed.  See, my question about the entire character of Hit Girl comes down to this: I missed the part where Big Daddy's decision to train his daughter to be a killing machine without morals was shown to be anything more than the violently-damaging act of a grieving crazy person.  We know he's obsessive because of the way he has pursued D'Amico all these years, and we're given a fair amount of reason why a capable and rationale man would be driven to seek justice for the wrongs done upon him.  But he trains his daughter to be what is basically a psychopathic killer... why?

And yes, it does matter why if the director wants me to give a shit about what happens to either of them.  Otherwise Hit Girl is a robot and Big Daddy is an insane person who knowingly destroyed any chance for his daughter to ever be a functional human being.  Hit Girl can, amongst other things, crush a guy in a car compactor and then call him a douche.  No moral hang up in the least.  It doesn't matter how bad of a guy he was - Hit Girl never once has a qualm about her actions.  Big Daddy doesn't care either.  So how am I supposed to care about them when the movie tries to make me? All the two of them are is a pair of killers stuffed with an artificial motivation to justify their senseless slaughter of the bad guys.

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Speaking of caring about the characters in this movie, let's move on to the one I care about least.  That person is, of course, the main character of Dave Lizewski.

1) Dave is honestly a complete dumbass to try and be a full fledged superhero right off the bat.  He is in no way physically equipped to do the job he is trying to do.  All of the suffering he undergoes throughout the whole movie is due to his general dumbassery, and the fact that he is utterly incapable of anything beyond flailing wildly and taking a couple more punches than the next guy.  By the time it comes to assault D’Amico’s place, we only care about Dave because he’s in over his head, which is also completely do to his own stupidity to begin with. Why would I care about what happens to a dumbass? 

2) To be honest, I don't even know why I should care at all about Dave.  "He's a completely normal guy!" So what?! That's exactly why I don't care about him.  At one point Dave says “The comic books had it wrong. It didn’t take a trauma, or cosmic rays, or a power ring to make a superhero. Just the perfect combination of optimism and naivety.” He's right in that you don't need those things to be a hero or not.  But he's wrong in the sense that those are what make me give a f*ck about superheroes.  Bruce Wayne's loss of his parents and subsequent obsession, Peter Parker having to grow up and deal with Uncle Ben's death as well as his newfound powers, Matt Murdock continuously pursuing the ideal of justice despite the fact that he's blind - these are all extenuating circumstances that inspire me to invest my attention and concern in the life of a character.  Normal is fine, but it also is not nearly enough.  Any good story, and by proxy any good character, has something more that is inescapably engaging.

3) Dave also says: “Suddenly, I understood why superheroes only existed in comic books. I got why people didn’t risk their lives for strangers. Because for the first time in my life, I had something worth living for, something to lose.” This demonstrates he has no idea what being a hero is about, i.e. something more.  Something beyond yourself, an uncompromisable principle that drives what you do.  What about police, or soldiers, or firefighters? Do they not have something to lose too? And yet they brave the danger for the sake of that something more.  Dave has knowledge of what he can do to change things, and that knowledge is power.  But he lacks any sense of responsibility, and so gives me yet another reason to not care about him.

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I've been going on so much about whether I care about these characters or not because the movie seems to try so hard to make me care.  I can tell it wants me to give a shit - but then its actions speak much louder than its words, and I don't.  Which leads into my final point:

See, to my mind, ultimately every frustration that I have with KICK-ASS boils down to a single question.  It is a question that I have never seen answered, and so a dual-identity is created over the course of the movie that in turn makes for a very confusing viewing experience. 

Is KICK-ASS shooting to be wish fulfillment or realism? Is it the ultimate in mindless fun and raucous escapism, or is it an exploration of what happens when a real person tries to become a superhero? To me the movie oscillates between these two options, and so my attention and energy is split and I don't know if my frustrations are well founded or not.  The extremely energized violence and thinner-even-than-paper characters could have a place in an over-the-top action extravaganza, but when the movie tries to address the realistic concerns of the characters and the real world consequences of the choices they make? The violence that once made sense all of a sudden feels extraordinarily out of place.  Lacking an identity, KICK-ASS a movie that ends up being a vicious puff of meaningless air that could have been so much more, and instead settles for being ever so much less.

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11:08PM on 08/22/2012

hahahahahaha...dude...

stop trolling. And I think that Hit-Girl did know that her actions were morally wrong on some level, but she also wanted to please her father blindly. Only when he dies she takes a vested interest in crime fighting.
stop trolling. And I think that Hit-Girl did know that her actions were morally wrong on some level, but she also wanted to please her father blindly. Only when he dies she takes a vested interest in crime fighting.
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1:38PM on 03/07/2012

Dumb Ass-Alejandro

Worst ever Unpopular Opinion...all though im glad to see by the majority..your on your own! Seriously dont think you understood this film at all..and you looked WAY to deep into it..chill out man, sit back and relax..and take the film for wat it is..FUN! Did u take Shoot em up this seriously???..i doubt it.
Worst ever Unpopular Opinion...all though im glad to see by the majority..your on your own! Seriously dont think you understood this film at all..and you looked WAY to deep into it..chill out man, sit back and relax..and take the film for wat it is..FUN! Did u take Shoot em up this seriously???..i doubt it.
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11:39AM on 03/02/2012

Meh...

Sorry, but I think the writer of this article totally missed the point of this film. He denounces Kick-Ass's violence because it's "pointless" but lists Crabk and Shoot EM' Up as some of his favorite violent films? That right there wreckes your credibility. As for Dave being a dumb ass, causing all of this mischief around him... that was the point. He's a dumb ass. That's his character.

I appreciate different opinions but back em' up!
Sorry, but I think the writer of this article totally missed the point of this film. He denounces Kick-Ass's violence because it's "pointless" but lists Crabk and Shoot EM' Up as some of his favorite violent films? That right there wreckes your credibility. As for Dave being a dumb ass, causing all of this mischief around him... that was the point. He's a dumb ass. That's his character.

I appreciate different opinions but back em' up!
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9:13PM on 03/01/2012
Wahhh. There was too much violence. Wahhh. Grow up. "Kick-Ass" is a great movie.
Wahhh. There was too much violence. Wahhh. Grow up. "Kick-Ass" is a great movie.
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3:15PM on 03/01/2012
Although I agree with everything you say here, I still love this film. Even while watching it I can point out its many flaws, but it's still a fun time and I've enjoyed every viewing.
Although I agree with everything you say here, I still love this film. Even while watching it I can point out its many flaws, but it's still a fun time and I've enjoyed every viewing.
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11:02PM on 02/29/2012
While you state your case very well, it's obvious you don't get the movie. Dave is a dumbass, that's the point. He has no idea what he's doing. Big Daddy is a satirical take on whole "revenge turns me to superhero" thing. He's insane, that's it!
While you state your case very well, it's obvious you don't get the movie. Dave is a dumbass, that's the point. He has no idea what he's doing. Big Daddy is a satirical take on whole "revenge turns me to superhero" thing. He's insane, that's it!
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10:41PM on 02/29/2012
Eh, fair enough.
Eh, fair enough.
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9:23PM on 02/29/2012
Kick Ass was toned down from the graphic novel which was an exercise in the extreme shouldn't we be greatful it remains true to the source material. I do agree it was over hyped as I like Super and the much more under-rated Defendor. Check them out if you haven't for a real average joe becomes superhero.
Kick Ass was toned down from the graphic novel which was an exercise in the extreme shouldn't we be greatful it remains true to the source material. I do agree it was over hyped as I like Super and the much more under-rated Defendor. Check them out if you haven't for a real average joe becomes superhero.
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8:34PM on 02/29/2012

Violence Without Relevancy?

It's hard to take this review seriously when the writer starts out by stating he loves Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Shoot'em Up, but states that Kick Ass is basically violence for violence sake. What and Shoot'em Up wasn't? You've got to be kidding me. Shoot'em Up contained a scene where the hero is shooting while having sex. Um yeah, that's a relevant scene, a great scene mind you, but completely unnecessary. Kick Ass is a great peice of entertainment with all of the shaky cam bs action
It's hard to take this review seriously when the writer starts out by stating he loves Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Shoot'em Up, but states that Kick Ass is basically violence for violence sake. What and Shoot'em Up wasn't? You've got to be kidding me. Shoot'em Up contained a scene where the hero is shooting while having sex. Um yeah, that's a relevant scene, a great scene mind you, but completely unnecessary. Kick Ass is a great peice of entertainment with all of the shaky cam bs action that invades all action movies today. It starts great and ends great without ever really letting up.
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7:36PM on 02/29/2012

Lame

"Hmmmm, a superhero movie called "Kick-Ass" and its too violent....weird..." I'm sorry, but everytime the Unpopular Opinion article is against the movie, they are just bad. Ya'll just focus on like one criticism and its never a good arguement.
"Hmmmm, a superhero movie called "Kick-Ass" and its too violent....weird..." I'm sorry, but everytime the Unpopular Opinion article is against the movie, they are just bad. Ya'll just focus on like one criticism and its never a good arguement.
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5:30PM on 02/29/2012
i think with a movie like Kick-Ass you kinda have to suspend your disbelief going in. if you start questioning "Why this" or "Why that?" then yes it will be a tough one to watch. I personally put it all aside knowing that it was only trying to mimic its comic book counterpart, and that the characters were who they were and thats it. trying to go deeper than that will make it a much less enjoyable movie. that being said, I did like the film quite a bit, but it's not one I have to see again.
i think with a movie like Kick-Ass you kinda have to suspend your disbelief going in. if you start questioning "Why this" or "Why that?" then yes it will be a tough one to watch. I personally put it all aside knowing that it was only trying to mimic its comic book counterpart, and that the characters were who they were and thats it. trying to go deeper than that will make it a much less enjoyable movie. that being said, I did like the film quite a bit, but it's not one I have to see again.
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5:05PM on 02/29/2012
Mostly very true. It's not a bad film but nowhere near as good as a few people pretend. The story still finishes in a shallow and unbelievable way but I have to admit that I was entertained. Being a comic book fan helps. While an overrated film by some, I did enjoy myself enough to get my money's worth. I certainly did NOT care enough to buy it.
Mostly very true. It's not a bad film but nowhere near as good as a few people pretend. The story still finishes in a shallow and unbelievable way but I have to admit that I was entertained. Being a comic book fan helps. While an overrated film by some, I did enjoy myself enough to get my money's worth. I certainly did NOT care enough to buy it.
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3:57PM on 02/29/2012
I liked Kick-Ass...a lot. The book is still better though. Kick-Ass 2 is out now, and it's a pretty good story too. Final issue comes out in a few weeks, so I'm looking forward to that.
I liked Kick-Ass...a lot. The book is still better though. Kick-Ass 2 is out now, and it's a pretty good story too. Final issue comes out in a few weeks, so I'm looking forward to that.
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3:35PM on 02/29/2012

Completely agree.

I never got why so many people think this is a good movie. It's realistic yet not realistic at all and therefor makes no sense at all. My least favorite parts are:

When the crime boss kills some poor random dude because he thought it was Kick-Ass, and the movie's trying to tell us that it's funny...but it's actually horrible.

Also, when Big Daddy burns to death, it's awful to watch. Not just for the obvious reasons, but because his daughter is watching him and it should be incredibly
I never got why so many people think this is a good movie. It's realistic yet not realistic at all and therefor makes no sense at all. My least favorite parts are:

When the crime boss kills some poor random dude because he thought it was Kick-Ass, and the movie's trying to tell us that it's funny...but it's actually horrible.

Also, when Big Daddy burns to death, it's awful to watch. Not just for the obvious reasons, but because his daughter is watching him and it should be incredibly heart-breaking, yet Cage is screaming and smiling wildly like a crazy person, like it's supposed to be funny.

Dave's girlfriend gets super pissed because he lied so much to her, but then she learns that he IS Kick-Ass and suddenly she loves him again. Ya know, because girls are complete idiots according to this movie.

Good article.
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3:28PM on 02/29/2012
I have to say these articles are horrible. I don't have a problem with people having different opinions but the reasoning is usually ridiculous and nitpicky.
I have to say these articles are horrible. I don't have a problem with people having different opinions but the reasoning is usually ridiculous and nitpicky.
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3:13PM on 02/29/2012
Thought this movie was awesome. Its a dark, fake super hero movie thats meant to not take its self seriously. They nailed what they were going for and Hit Girl and Big Daddy absolutely stole the show. Smells like a classic case of someone trying to dig really deep into something thats pretty damn shallow.
Thought this movie was awesome. Its a dark, fake super hero movie thats meant to not take its self seriously. They nailed what they were going for and Hit Girl and Big Daddy absolutely stole the show. Smells like a classic case of someone trying to dig really deep into something thats pretty damn shallow.
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2:11PM on 02/29/2012

Hmmm

Sorry, I thought it threw a curve ball to all the typical comic book movies we've been getting the last decade. Just as John McClane swears like the dickens, it's nice to see this float with a super hero movie once in a while. 2010 was a pretty weak year for movies. This and Inception were my favs that year to watch...
Sorry, I thought it threw a curve ball to all the typical comic book movies we've been getting the last decade. Just as John McClane swears like the dickens, it's nice to see this float with a super hero movie once in a while. 2010 was a pretty weak year for movies. This and Inception were my favs that year to watch...
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1:20PM on 02/29/2012
I love this movie but I cant understand why some people don't. I don't watch this movie as an comic-book action movie. I watch it as a satire. The movie starts out dark and just gets darker as it goes. It's one of my favorite dark comedies. The movie is basically saying people have to be either a complete naive dumbass (represented by Dave) or completely crazy (represented by Big Daddy and Hit Girl)in order to want to be a superhero.
I love this movie but I cant understand why some people don't. I don't watch this movie as an comic-book action movie. I watch it as a satire. The movie starts out dark and just gets darker as it goes. It's one of my favorite dark comedies. The movie is basically saying people have to be either a complete naive dumbass (represented by Dave) or completely crazy (represented by Big Daddy and Hit Girl)in order to want to be a superhero.
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1:09PM on 02/29/2012
Spot on.
Spot on.
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11:34AM on 02/29/2012

I enjoy Kick-Ass

but what it boils down to for me is comic vs. movie and that's where the movie falters. I can think of four things that set the comic apart from the flick so SPOILERS if you haven't read the comic/seen the movie.

1. The jetpack ending in the movie, throws a lot of realism out the window.
2. Dave gets the girl? In the comic, she basically spits in his face and send pix of herself blowing another dude to him
3. The way Big Daddy dies is much more brutal and sudden in the comic. While it
but what it boils down to for me is comic vs. movie and that's where the movie falters. I can think of four things that set the comic apart from the flick so SPOILERS if you haven't read the comic/seen the movie.

1. The jetpack ending in the movie, throws a lot of realism out the window.
2. Dave gets the girl? In the comic, she basically spits in his face and send pix of herself blowing another dude to him
3. The way Big Daddy dies is much more brutal and sudden in the comic. While it wasn't particularly bad to set him ablaze, the comic did it much better imo with a gunshot in the back of the head. A point, that makes Red Mist looks much more cynical, which I feel is needed for Kick Ass 2
4. Finally Hit Girl and her emotions. She was a robot in the film; in the comic she had some emotion, and it was great.
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11:17AM on 02/29/2012

100% agree

This movie was nothing great. The main character was awful and pathetic. The only redeeming value was Nic Cage. I didn't get the hype for this.
This movie was nothing great. The main character was awful and pathetic. The only redeeming value was Nic Cage. I didn't get the hype for this.
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1:08PM on 02/29/2012
Absolutely.
Absolutely.
11:13AM on 02/29/2012

Dissagree,

I didn't expect it have a substantial investment in the main characters but still enjoyed everyone in their roles and cared enough to want to watch...besides this isn't a Nolan Batman movie, since he's the only one who has managed to pull off an origin story that wasn't completely boring and underdeveloped.

This and Scott Pilgrim were great compared to all the other comic book shit that gets tossed up on the screen now.
I didn't expect it have a substantial investment in the main characters but still enjoyed everyone in their roles and cared enough to want to watch...besides this isn't a Nolan Batman movie, since he's the only one who has managed to pull off an origin story that wasn't completely boring and underdeveloped.

This and Scott Pilgrim were great compared to all the other comic book shit that gets tossed up on the screen now.
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10:54PM on 02/29/2012
"Batman Begins" is ungodly boring and underdeveloped!
"Batman Begins" is ungodly boring and underdeveloped!
3:02PM on 03/01/2012
And oddly enough it's still regarded as one of the best origin stories. BTW, your opinion reeks of irony since you sport a "Brotherhood" icon.
And oddly enough it's still regarded as one of the best origin stories. BTW, your opinion reeks of irony since you sport a "Brotherhood" icon.
11:02AM on 02/29/2012
i didn't like the main character, either. only scene of this movie i liked was the Nic Cage warehouse scene. That was badass.
i didn't like the main character, either. only scene of this movie i liked was the Nic Cage warehouse scene. That was badass.
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10:59AM on 02/29/2012

Thank you, Alejando!

At least I'm not the only one who thought this movie was dumb and idiotic. I give it an F.
At least I'm not the only one who thought this movie was dumb and idiotic. I give it an F.
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10:42AM on 02/29/2012
I enjoyed the movie, but found the ending kind of weak. And it is definitely WAY overrated among the fanboy/genre/geek community . . .
I enjoyed the movie, but found the ending kind of weak. And it is definitely WAY overrated among the fanboy/genre/geek community . . .
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10:40AM on 02/29/2012
While based on its own merits, this was a decent film, I couldn't help but be disappointed because the comic was so much better. My biggest gripe was the fact that they took the point of the comic, that the superhero life sucked and nothing worked out for Dave, and hacked it up into a Hollywood happy ending. In the comic, Dave doesn't get the girl, and ends up fairly miserable. In the film, he fucking flies away with the girl on a jetpack into the sunset. Well-made film that would have been
While based on its own merits, this was a decent film, I couldn't help but be disappointed because the comic was so much better. My biggest gripe was the fact that they took the point of the comic, that the superhero life sucked and nothing worked out for Dave, and hacked it up into a Hollywood happy ending. In the comic, Dave doesn't get the girl, and ends up fairly miserable. In the film, he fucking flies away with the girl on a jetpack into the sunset. Well-made film that would have been better if it had stuck to the comic. Instead, we have a slick, pointless piece of cinema.
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3:56PM on 02/29/2012
They also failed on Big Daddy's death, as well as not even mentioning the case that he's always carried around in the book.
They also failed on Big Daddy's death, as well as not even mentioning the case that he's always carried around in the book.
10:02AM on 02/29/2012

100% agree

This flick didn't work at all for me. The whole Idea was to show how it would be to pull off superheroes in the real world and ended in showing the kids being as super as any other superhero. Plus HitGirl is a gross charakter for pedophile nerds.
This flick didn't work at all for me. The whole Idea was to show how it would be to pull off superheroes in the real world and ended in showing the kids being as super as any other superhero. Plus HitGirl is a gross charakter for pedophile nerds.
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10:00AM on 02/29/2012
I loved Big Daddy and Hit Girl, because they were just damn entertaining. The rest of the movie I really didn't buy into as much. For a negative review, I'm surprised you skipped over the real weak link of the whole film, which was Mintz-Plasse's character.
I loved Big Daddy and Hit Girl, because they were just damn entertaining. The rest of the movie I really didn't buy into as much. For a negative review, I'm surprised you skipped over the real weak link of the whole film, which was Mintz-Plasse's character.
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9:38AM on 02/29/2012
I'm sorry that you missed the point of the violence here. It wasn't there to get you off, it was there to show that being a super hero, as glamorous as you may think it would be, would actually be a violent, gory and painful activity.

As for the rest, I'm not going to bust your balls about not getting it. Some people just don't get some films, it's cool.
I'm sorry that you missed the point of the violence here. It wasn't there to get you off, it was there to show that being a super hero, as glamorous as you may think it would be, would actually be a violent, gory and painful activity.

As for the rest, I'm not going to bust your balls about not getting it. Some people just don't get some films, it's cool.
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9:06AM on 02/29/2012
I too thought it was stupid. Not necessarily disliked it, just thought it was stupid. As if 14 year old boys came up with the story and scenes and had a good director put it together for them.
I too thought it was stupid. Not necessarily disliked it, just thought it was stupid. As if 14 year old boys came up with the story and scenes and had a good director put it together for them.
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9:05AM on 02/29/2012
This movie never did anything for me either. I thought the shifts in tone were annoying. And I didn't think the violence was as hardcore as people made it out to be. The book is far worse.
This movie never did anything for me either. I thought the shifts in tone were annoying. And I didn't think the violence was as hardcore as people made it out to be. The book is far worse.
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8:59AM on 02/29/2012
I also really disliked this movie
I also really disliked this movie
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8:48AM on 02/29/2012
Ok.......every point you made in this shows that you somehow missed the POINT. Dave is a dumbass.....of course he is a dumbass. Big Daddy is of course..insane. The film is a black comedy. This isn't Batman or Spiderman, it was never meant to be taken seriously. Others have covered these points extremely well below me, so need to go further. Pretty much every point you have made is what the movie is making fun of.
Ok.......every point you made in this shows that you somehow missed the POINT. Dave is a dumbass.....of course he is a dumbass. Big Daddy is of course..insane. The film is a black comedy. This isn't Batman or Spiderman, it was never meant to be taken seriously. Others have covered these points extremely well below me, so need to go further. Pretty much every point you have made is what the movie is making fun of.
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8:31AM on 02/29/2012
The movie is WELL aware of the fact that Big Daddy is an insane person. That's what his former partner blatantly tells him in the middle of the movie: You're robbing your daughter of a childhood. But he's so blinded by revenge that he doesn't care about that. And that's why we're feel sorry for Hit Girl. She's living her life as though nothing were real, as if everything she does were straight out of a comic book, and that's heartbreaking because it isn't until her father dies that she
The movie is WELL aware of the fact that Big Daddy is an insane person. That's what his former partner blatantly tells him in the middle of the movie: You're robbing your daughter of a childhood. But he's so blinded by revenge that he doesn't care about that. And that's why we're feel sorry for Hit Girl. She's living her life as though nothing were real, as if everything she does were straight out of a comic book, and that's heartbreaking because it isn't until her father dies that she realizes there are consequences to violence. The fact that Big Daddy dies, alone, is enough to point out that the movie knows he's insane. His death is meant to teach Hit Girl what violence truly is.
As for Dave... the movie knows he's an idiot, too. We sympathize with him because we've all wanted to be a superhero before. We understand that desire and we also know what it means to think that maybe we're better than we think we are. Maybe if he dresses up like a superhero, he'll have the confidence to actually do something super. Better, being in the suit makes him FEEL confident, and that alone is reason enough for him to keep doing what he's doing. But the movie knows he's a dumbass. That's why the first time he goes out he gets stabbed and hit by a car.
As for your final question, what is this movie aiming for in terms of realism vs wish fulfillment... I think it's honestly aiming for both. It doesn't completely succeed, but it wants people to know that you can't actually go out and be a superhero without suffering the consequences. Especially if you don't have a jet pack with an automatic weapon attached to it.
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10:51PM on 02/29/2012
You stole the words right out of my mouth! I agree entirely!
You stole the words right out of my mouth! I agree entirely!
8:13AM on 02/29/2012
I was highly invested in the safety and well-being of both Hit Girl and Big Daddy throughout the entire film, I even got quite misty with what happened to him at the end. I love this movie!
I was highly invested in the safety and well-being of both Hit Girl and Big Daddy throughout the entire film, I even got quite misty with what happened to him at the end. I love this movie!
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7:47AM on 02/29/2012

Hmmmm

I really don't understand your point about violence, but I will say this film would have had a point/message if they continued to follow the comic book and not give it the Hollywood treatment where the guy gets the girl etc.
I really don't understand your point about violence, but I will say this film would have had a point/message if they continued to follow the comic book and not give it the Hollywood treatment where the guy gets the girl etc.
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7:41AM on 02/29/2012

Don't hate on Hit Girl

The reason that Hit Girl didn't have any problem or moral hangups about killing and crushing that guy in the compactor is b/c Frank Dimarko (sp) killed her mother. Don't be hating Hit Girl.
The reason that Hit Girl didn't have any problem or moral hangups about killing and crushing that guy in the compactor is b/c Frank Dimarko (sp) killed her mother. Don't be hating Hit Girl.
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7:18AM on 02/29/2012
so let me get this straight ya don't like the movie because you just don't care about any of the characters & are confused as to why Hit-Girl is basically a crazed killer. I don't really think any of your points even qualify for the purpose of these Unpopular Opinion articles. I always thought they were about about popular movies the writer actually hates or vice versa. These types of comic book films are always hit or miss some love em & some hate em, it was the same thing with the article
so let me get this straight ya don't like the movie because you just don't care about any of the characters & are confused as to why Hit-Girl is basically a crazed killer. I don't really think any of your points even qualify for the purpose of these Unpopular Opinion articles. I always thought they were about about popular movies the writer actually hates or vice versa. These types of comic book films are always hit or miss some love em & some hate em, it was the same thing with the article on The Hulk. I own them both find them very much different so it depends on the mood I am to watch, the Ang Lee version or Norton's version.

I should say that i do enjoy this film & it's always cool to watch every once in awhile & plus it looks damn good on Blu ray
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8:26AM on 02/29/2012
so let me get this straight: you think caring about characters and understanding their characterization is irrelevant? His points were a good way to highlight how this movie sailed by on shock value and visual gimmickry instead of those fundamentals.
so let me get this straight: you think caring about characters and understanding their characterization is irrelevant? His points were a good way to highlight how this movie sailed by on shock value and visual gimmickry instead of those fundamentals.
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6:37AM on 02/29/2012
While I may agree with that opinion, none of it is the fault of the director. The movie is faithful to the comic book series and to be honest Millars writing is always style over substance, violence over engaging storylines and cardboard characters over interesting characters you can care about.
While I may agree with that opinion, none of it is the fault of the director. The movie is faithful to the comic book series and to be honest Millars writing is always style over substance, violence over engaging storylines and cardboard characters over interesting characters you can care about.
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3:31AM on 02/29/2012
Is this really an unpopular opinion? I have heard plenty of people talk about how much they hate the movie. I actually think that this is a pretty widespread opinion. Okay, not as much as people like it, and it was a critical success, but not the runaway success that I think would make it a black sheep film. I wouldn't exactly call this an unpopular opinion, it's quite a popular one, just not as popular as the opinion of those who liked it.

That said, I quite enjoyed it and, despite my
Is this really an unpopular opinion? I have heard plenty of people talk about how much they hate the movie. I actually think that this is a pretty widespread opinion. Okay, not as much as people like it, and it was a critical success, but not the runaway success that I think would make it a black sheep film. I wouldn't exactly call this an unpopular opinion, it's quite a popular one, just not as popular as the opinion of those who liked it.

That said, I quite enjoyed it and, despite my agreement about some of your opinions, like it none the less.
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3:13AM on 02/29/2012

to avoid whining, keep repeating

'It's a comic book movie...'
'It's a comic book movie...'
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2:55AM on 02/29/2012

I agree. I give it a D+/C-

I agree. Kick-Ass was devoid of humanity, logic or reason. Hit Girl is an unconscionable creation, even if she's fictional and his relationship with the girlfriend is gratuitous nerd-fantasy that adds nothing to the story. Kick-Ass is a decent idea and an admirable effort, but an unequivocal misfire.
I agree. Kick-Ass was devoid of humanity, logic or reason. Hit Girl is an unconscionable creation, even if she's fictional and his relationship with the girlfriend is gratuitous nerd-fantasy that adds nothing to the story. Kick-Ass is a decent idea and an admirable effort, but an unequivocal misfire.
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7:42AM on 02/29/2012
Don't be hating Hit Girl
Don't be hating Hit Girl
2:41AM on 02/29/2012

☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹ ☹

That is all. ☹
That is all. ☹
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