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Saw Matt Vaughn's adapatation of Kick-Ass last Friday, it did exactly what it said on the tin (and more).
Yeah, saw it the other day, most enjoyable.
Some of the changes from the comic seemed a bit random but overall they got more right than they did wrong.
7 and a bit/10
Well wasn't the film finished before the comic's first volume? As Mathew Vaughn and Mark Millar agreed to make it as a kind of collaborative multi-media project making both at the same time, with filming going into development before even the first issue was published? (I heard Mathew Vaughn was approached by Mark, during the Stardust premier, back in 2007)
Yeah, the final issue only came out quite recently (March?), which would explain some of it.
Still enjoyed it a great deal though.
Edit: go watch it, it's funny. First person Shooter scene is awesome.
Last edited by Flake; April 5th, 2010 at 10:09 PM.
I definitely have to see this!
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I managed to sit through the whole hardcover while I was in Waldenbooks the other day. I didn't care for it much. It's not something I'd ever want to read again.
I'm surprised that they can have kids star in a movie they can't watch, according to the ratings system.
How much did they tone down Hit-Girl?
If anyone wants anymore info on it's developments here's Empire's interview with Mathew Vaughn;
"Kick Ass" reviewed by The Daily Heil, they're in full on "Ban This Sick Filth Now!" mode..
I saw it in theaters.... it made me rage It was NOT the cute, funny movie I pegged it to be... instead it was an...action/comedy/drama movie?? But not done well.
It was like weird humor+ awkward drama+ RIDICULOUS FIGHT SCENES (the only part I liked was the girl kicking ass) + WTF sex + deaths everywhere
(supposed to be funny.. but serious, ridiculous.. yet realistic...?)
[just my opinion, don't get offended I needed to get that out, I'm probably being too harsh lol]
Last edited by mustang_sally; April 18th, 2010 at 02:58 PM.
I thought the movie was hilarious. It had great humour, and the action scenes were as good as a top notch action movie. It had it all! I personally loved it.
I bought the comic a few weeks ago, and read through it in one sitting, and have to admit I was little disappointed with it. So I went to see the film again a few days ago, and I still really liked it. I feel like the changes that Vaughn made really sharpened the story rather than dulled it, there's a far more cynical strand running through Millar's comic that disregards the emotional impact. In the comic Dave's a more sleazey character (following Katie around) whilst I found his film counterpart sincere. Big Daddy's twist in the comic is integrated into the film version rather than completely cancelled out(the comic he makes for his backstory), which keeps the cynical aspects of Millar's comic from dulling the emotional impact of the characters but staying true to it's source. Along with this Vaughn and Goldman tweaked the plot and how the scenes play out to give the story a brilliant humour. (Which was in the comic, but I didn't feel it was quite as sharp and at times felt convoluted rather than witty)
The most interesting thing though, is that for the type of film it is it has an indie-aesthetic, which kind of mirrors the comic which reminded me alot of webcomics rather than of a big mainstream title.
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I'm sad that they re-used the scores from 28 Days Later and Sunshine but it worked well. I wish those people who are revamping Spider-Man would take some notes on how to do a slightly more real movie that had some emotion in it.
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I'd have had "One Star! A Crime Against Cinema!"- The Daily Mail.. on the poster.
A one star review in the Daily Fail is a guarantee of a good movie for 80% of the UK.
Sounds like the kind of thing he'd go for.
To be fair "Crash" was a bit rubbish though. (Cronenberg perv one and the equally worthless racially sensitive Hollywood toss that shares a title.)
I thought it was a good "over the top" kinda movie. It was just fun and violent. Personally I liked the way they used the scores from 28 weeks later and Sunshine, but I've always loved the scores from those movies anyway
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I was suprised at how good it was, I don't think the trailer did it justice.
It did bother me how the movie changes from being very realistic with tons of great guy humour(a lot of people think Superbad) to having over the top action and the "superhero movie" drama. The start of the movie is so good, it's funny without even trying and the world just feels real. When Dave puts on that costume, he doesn't get his ass kicked, he nearly gets killed.
When Hit Girl and Big Daddy come in, the movie is still funny as hell, but the realism is lost and the humour shifts from conversational to "haha! Did you see that?!!". Thing is, I really like the movie, but the change in style just bothered me for some reason. I like both styles of the movie, but I think they kind of detract from one another by having them side by side. I don't see any way it could of been handled better though, I mean this isn't so much criticism as it is observation and preference.
I like how much balls the movie has too. I read some of the comics, so I was a little disappointed when Katie and Dave get together in the movie, where in the comics she freaks out at him for being a creep. I respect any story that doesn't have to force a romantic subplot and happy ending, so the film suprised and disappointed me here. For the rest of the movie, this was great though, seems like the makers of the movie did what they wanted to and you can just feel that the whole way through. One of my new favourite movies.
Loved it. Had a good laugh throughout it and totally loved the concepts. I was totally taking mental notes on screen shots and art during the movie ;P The story was pretty good and unexpected for me since I hadn't read the comic.
Absolutely loved the "Fuck this, I am getting the Bazooka" part and thought it was an over all great movie.
I am not too big a fan of blood and seeing body parts flying so I mostly just turned away from that because I am squirmish but it was well worth it.
Kick ass was awesome, loved it mmmmmmm
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