First off, the costumes don't work. Admittedly, they might have been intended to look stupid, but that doesn't make it any less moronic when Dave is standing in front of a mirror and practicing his posing as if he thinks it actually looks cool. To quote a line from the comic: "What works on paper doesn't always work on screen." Should've taken that advice. Second, the brightly-colored, perky cinematography of the film strikes a sharp contrast to its dark theme; they don't go together. Third, the violence's been toned down a LOT. Which doesn't even make sense, 'cause they were going for an R rating anyway; so why the hell hold back? There's even Bloodless Carnage at one point where HG is chopping a guy's leg off. And then there's the cheerful music; which makes the limping, inconsistent Direction stand out even more. Onto story issues: the reason the original kick-Ass was such a great read is because it straight-up deconstructed the "Hero Seeking Revenge" stuff: BD's one single line "Because we needed a villain," practically defined the entire plot retroactively; in the film BD is an Anti Hero on a Roaring Rampage Of Revenge; which throws the entire story out of whack; basically turning it into Kill Bill - with costumes! And Nick Cage didn't do a very good job, either. Katie Duxma definitely suffers from Adaptation Decay; although it's at least made bearable 'cause she's hot. Plot Holes aplenty in the whole thing: Not the least of which is Red Mist Wangsting and arguing to let KA and BD go, right after he shot a little girl in the chest without blinking an eyelid. And him and his father looking at each other relieved after hearing the gatling guns go off; "That's one weird-sounding bazooka." Full-automatic-fire sounds like Bazookas, now? Also, jetpacks? Seriously? Gotta hand it to Chloe Mortez, though. (At the age of 11, no less!!) She makes HG believable, something I didn't think possible. Although the screenplay does force her to do scenes she's not ready for yet; like getting emotional at BD's death (In the comic, she shakes it off without expression). Good as she is, Chloe isn't a mature enough actress to pull off something like that. They should've stuck with the comic version. Loved the lobby scene with the Dollars music, however. Overall 4.2/10.
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