Ok, I’ll admit this blog post is about three months overdue. Although, I’d argue that it’s really never too late to draw attention to a good movie or an awesome young female character.  

So I’m just going to proceed.   

Last night I ended up watching the movie Kick-Ass on bootleg. I had dismissed the film when it came out back in April due to its seemingly lame premise (high school comic-book nerd wants to be a superhero and get laid, blah, blah, blah). 

It turned out to be far more enjoyable than I would have ever expected--not a cinematic gem, but far from a total crap-fest.   

There was comedy. There was action. There was a shocking amount of violence. But more importantly, there was an ass-kicking little 11 year-old girl who completely outshone her spandex-wearing vigilante male counterparts.   

Her real name is Chloe Moretz and she’s actually an adorable 13 year-old actress who has appeared in quite a few TV shows and films, including the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror and 500 Days of Summer. She also has several movies lined up. 

Hit-Girl reminded me a lot of Natalie Portman’s character in The Professional, just far more bad ass and far less sexual.  

Words can’t even express how awesome it was to watch a young female repeatedly outsmart and outlast burly thugs twice her age without using her sexuality.  

Instead, she uses impressive knife slinging and sweet kung-fu moves.  

That being said, it’s no surprise that Hit-Girl wasn’t openly embraced by some critics. In fact, Roger Ebert found it “morally reprehensible” that the film would show a child cursing like a sailor and brutally murdering countless evil-doers with no remorse. 

While I suppose this is a valid argument, ultimately, we’re talking about an R-rated movie adapted from a comic series set in the present day. Perhaps critics unfamiliar with the series had just assumed Hit-Girl would be more Powder Puff.  

If anything, I was more disturbed by Nick Cage’s character (aka. “Big Daddy” aka. Hit Girl’s father) who goes from looking like a child molester by day to a wannabe Batman by night. A pretty creepy father-figure if ya ask me. 

But anyway, despite mixed reviews, Kick-Ass pulled $20 million at the box office and Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall is already in the works. 

I'm really hoping the sequel is followed by a Hit-Girl spin-off. Hell, can someone please give that girl her own comic series?  It only seems right considering how many times she saves Kick-Ass' ass. 

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, it comes out on DVD on Aug. 3rd. I recommend adding it to your Netflix queue now. 

Or you can just go the illegal route and watch it tonight. 

 

[Image: RottenTomatoes.com]

 

Tagged in: movies, Kick-Ass, General, Comedy, Chloe Moretz   

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