Kick-Ass

mila: One word: Chloe. She makes this film worth it. If she was not in it, this movie would be the weirdest and the most un-fun thing to watch. I have to admit that I did not know this was a rated-R film… I actually thought it was a kids movie. I hadn’t seen a single preview for it, nor had I read one review- hence the ignorance. I sat between two friends (one was Ashley) and I kept turning to them saying, “This cannot be a kids movie!” and they repeatedly replied, “That’s cause it isn’t!” There was lots of cussing, violence, blood and a whole lot of Quentin Tarantino-pastiche. It’s been a while since I’ve used the word pastiche but that’s the only word that kept going through my head as I watched the movie. Since I was not expecting much at all, I was constantly surprised- my eyes getting wider and bigger everytime some guy’s leg was lopped off or some mafioso being ninja-starred to death by a tiny tween, Mindy Macready aka Hit-Girl (Chloe Mortez). Mortez’s dynamic with Nicholas Cage, who plays her father (Damon/Big Daddy), is absolutely awesome. Cage’s dry delivery on the quirky dialogue really is pretty dang funny and the relationship with his daughter is so different and very close to the Reno/Portman dynamic in The Professional. The movie is random, it is what it is (for fun/no thinking) and if it weren’t for this little girl it wouldn’t exist.

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