If you didn’t like Kick Ass, we can’t be friends.

The guy sitting next to me hated Kick Ass. He made sure everyone around him knew how much he hated it. By the time the movie ended, I wanted to throw my drink at him. I get it, dude. You don’t like the movie. But I do, so shut the fuck up and let me enjoy it.

Kick Ass created that sort of polarity in audiences, though. Though the reviews were generally positive, there was vocal protest over the profanity and violence in the film. Mostly this was due to Hit Girl (played by thirteen-year-old (500) Days of Summer actress Chloe Grace Moretz), an eleven-year-old superhero/assassin who spews foul words and bullets with wild abandon. One minute pig-tailed and princess-shirted, the next getting shot by her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage, in a rare energized performance) so she can learn to take a bullet, Hit Girl is a little discomfiting, but then, she’s supposed to be. Hit Girl sacrifices her childhood to seek revenge against the drug dealer who ruined her family. And you know what? That’s every kid’s fantasy. Maybe not the ninja-assassin/drug dealer part, but to have the power to control your world and dish out justice to those who wrong you. Why do you think comic books and fantasy stories are so popular with kids? Because it’s all about having the power to take care of yourself, and when you’re a child subject to the whims of every adult around you, all you want to do is blast apart any adult who tells you “no” with lightning bolts from your fingertips. Continue reading “If you didn’t like Kick Ass, we can’t be friends.”

I should have just gone to see The Wolfman.

It was a holiday weekend so I did what all good Americans do on a holiday weekend. I went to the movies. Specifically, I went to see Valentine’s Day. (I also saw Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, but more on that later.) I knew going in that Valentine’s Day was not going to be great. It was too clearly a Love Actually knockoff, and knockoffs are by their very definition never as good as the original. So already Valentine’s Day was looking at being second-best. Continue reading “I should have just gone to see The Wolfman.”

A spoilery review of The Runaways

This movie is going to be big. I pegged it for a sleeper hit, especially if it debuted strong at Sundance, and thought if the reviews were good enough it could even break out into the mainstream. The Runaways premiered at Sundance last weekend to overwhelmingly positive reviews. And after seeing it for myself this week, I have to say–

This movie is going to be BIG. Continue reading “A spoilery review of The Runaways”