2010 Pre-Summer Biggest Let Down: Kick-Ass ***Spoilers***

All the previews, all the posters, and all the buzz from Aint-It-Cool-News after it showed at December's Butt Numb A Thon....how could Kick-Ass do me wrong? I just wanted to see a nerdy guy become a hero based on his comics and bust some crime. Apparently the filmmakers feel what audiences REALLY wanted to see was another movie about the geek being beat up by tougher guys.
 
Problem #1: Kick-Ass does not in fact kick anyone's ass really. He becomes a hero, tries his first fight and gets stabbed and run over. He tries again and gets pummeled. Most of the rest of the movie he just follows other heros around in his spandex wetsuit or whatever. Final battle, no fighting but I guess he did kill a guy....with a bazooka. This is not the "geeks save the day" story I wanted or thought I was being sold.
 
Problem #2: McLovin/Red Mist/ Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a super villain. No! For one thing McLovin is not a villain and I refuse to accept that. He hasn't got the toughness to be a standard villain, he lacks the smarts to be an evil genius, and he's not crazy enough to be one of those madman Joker wannabes. And even if I was willing to accept him as a villain they shouldn't show you he's the bad guy right up front when the previews make him out to be a sidekick/friend in arms to Kick-Ass. Even in the comic they saved this little twist until late in the game!
 
Problem #3: Ok, I've come to terms with problems 1 and 2 but really the high school shenanigans are more interesting, especially when the girl of Kick-Ass' dreams wants to hang out with him because she thinks he's gay and he goes along with it to be near her. That's comedy gold and a much more interesting story than the one the movie is actually showing me. Let's try not to be more enthralling during the side-story than the main plot.
 
There were some things I really did enjoy though, chief among them Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy. When he's out of costume he's a polite sort of version of Nicholas Cage but when he gets in his outfit he begins talking like Adam West Batman and it's hilarious! Also, Hit Girl is fantastic and awesome! The soundtrack is pretty good and the humor that mixes up the story is pretty funny without being ridiculous or cheesy.
 
 However, the few bright spots are little to save the movie. It's not a BAD movie, I didn't HATE the movie but it was just kind of flat and bland.  I am chalking this up to first quarter of 2010 for biggest let down but I haven't seen The Losers yet and I heard that may be a let down too. i'll keep you posted (because I know anyone reading this cares what I think...right!).
 
Skip the theater, save your $8.50, and wait for DVD or Blu-Ray on this one.

14 Comments
14 Comments
Posted by NinjaTard

All the previews, all the posters, and all the buzz from Aint-It-Cool-News after it showed at December's Butt Numb A Thon....how could Kick-Ass do me wrong? I just wanted to see a nerdy guy become a hero based on his comics and bust some crime. Apparently the filmmakers feel what audiences REALLY wanted to see was another movie about the geek being beat up by tougher guys.
 
Problem #1: Kick-Ass does not in fact kick anyone's ass really. He becomes a hero, tries his first fight and gets stabbed and run over. He tries again and gets pummeled. Most of the rest of the movie he just follows other heros around in his spandex wetsuit or whatever. Final battle, no fighting but I guess he did kill a guy....with a bazooka. This is not the "geeks save the day" story I wanted or thought I was being sold.
 
Problem #2: McLovin/Red Mist/ Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a super villain. No! For one thing McLovin is not a villain and I refuse to accept that. He hasn't got the toughness to be a standard villain, he lacks the smarts to be an evil genius, and he's not crazy enough to be one of those madman Joker wannabes. And even if I was willing to accept him as a villain they shouldn't show you he's the bad guy right up front when the previews make him out to be a sidekick/friend in arms to Kick-Ass. Even in the comic they saved this little twist until late in the game!
 
Problem #3: Ok, I've come to terms with problems 1 and 2 but really the high school shenanigans are more interesting, especially when the girl of Kick-Ass' dreams wants to hang out with him because she thinks he's gay and he goes along with it to be near her. That's comedy gold and a much more interesting story than the one the movie is actually showing me. Let's try not to be more enthralling during the side-story than the main plot.
 
There were some things I really did enjoy though, chief among them Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy. When he's out of costume he's a polite sort of version of Nicholas Cage but when he gets in his outfit he begins talking like Adam West Batman and it's hilarious! Also, Hit Girl is fantastic and awesome! The soundtrack is pretty good and the humor that mixes up the story is pretty funny without being ridiculous or cheesy.
 
 However, the few bright spots are little to save the movie. It's not a BAD movie, I didn't HATE the movie but it was just kind of flat and bland.  I am chalking this up to first quarter of 2010 for biggest let down but I haven't seen The Losers yet and I heard that may be a let down too. i'll keep you posted (because I know anyone reading this cares what I think...right!).
 
Skip the theater, save your $8.50, and wait for DVD or Blu-Ray on this one.

Edited by Mr_Faraday

Ive seen it twice and its deffinately in my top 5 favorite comic book movies.  

At one point in there you knew something about the comics yet the entire rest of your post  made you sound like you never read it. I knew what was coming when i went to see this movie because i read the comics and this movie was way over my expectations and then some because i knew this wasnt a nerd succeeds at becoming a superhero and everyones fine movie, this is a dark satire on the cliches of comic books. 
 
Maybe you should have read the comics before seeing the movie, and if you did then i have no idea why you were expecting the oppisite of what the comics were for this movie.
Posted by mazik765

I agree with the TC, I had high expectation for this movie and I was thoroughly let down. It had a few good action scenes and some funny moments, but overall I thought it was a giant flop, which makes me really sad because I really wanted to like this movie. 
 
That's not to say it was mind blowingly bad. It was just not what I thought it was going to be.

Posted by Jeffsekai

The movie was amazing.

Posted by OneKillWonder_

Kick-Ass was a fantastic movie. I was not familiar with the source material going in and it turned out to be different than what I was expecting, but in the best way. The marketing for this movie was bad and kind of misleading, which it seems like where most of your problems with the film come from, and that's understandable. But still, the movie was packed with laughs, awesome action, and great characters.

Posted by ez123

  I was entertained for 2 hours so the movie did its job.  If everyone one in that movie had died, five stars.  God, I hated every character.     

Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

I completely disagree, not only did the film not let me down, but it exceeded my expectations.

Posted by Spiral_Stars

Kick-Ass was pretty rad. I liked it more than the comic, tbh. 
 
To the OP, the story is about what would happen if an average dude tried to be a superhero, not about an average dude actually being a superhero. He's not supposed to Kick-Ass because he's just a guy with no powers.

Posted by bartok

I liked Kicked Ass but then again I wasn't really hyped up on the movie. The only 2 movies that are hyped up for me are Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3.

Posted by Landon

I completely disagree. I thought the movie was awesome.

Posted by yakityyakblah

This movie is love it or hate it and the hate it said repeatedly seems to not understand the movie at all. You seem like you expected a bland superhero comedy, what you got was irreverent satire.

Edited by cap123

seems like you expected something generic, but got something different and are now angry.
 
i'm surprised you thought that the story was going to be 'geeks save the day' from the trailer, i didn't get that at all.
 
also mclovin is not the villain, he is the son of the villain, so he could be as silly as they wanted him to be.

Posted by Adziboy

Agree with everything you say. Everyone else loves it, I lterally though it was one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. Maybe thats over doing it a bit because I was so hyped for it, but it was so disapointing... I didnt even stay to watch the end.

Edited by ryanwho

I agree. Leads were poorly acted, ending was fucking stupid. And for all the promise of exploitation you only really have like 3 fights the whole movie. And what's satirical? The big satirical bend in the comic was the hero not getting the girl, and they whitewashed that element so nerds could have a little wish fulfillment. Whatever satire the comic offered, the film was simply a superhero movie. Didn't hate it, I just don't get the koolaid drinkers trying to frame it as some kind of modern classic. "You didn't get it" is an easy out for foaming at the mouth simpletons. There was very little to get, and by design, which wouldn't be a problem except for lacking execution.