I never much cared for the comic. I understood the **idea** of it, deconstructing the superheroes-in-the-real-world tropes and placing the ultraviolence front and center (and Mark Millar
is usually at his finest when he's at his **meanest**), but it had major issues in execution. The "Real World Physics/Rules" (an almost-necessary ingredient in this switched on and off like a light switch whenever it produced the most Diabolus Ex Machina
result possible, and while I'm as big a fan of the You Bastard
trope as anyone, several times I found myself thinking, "Okay, okay, I'm a horrible person for liking this stuff, I get it already."
The movie takes a more optimistic tone, which I'm sure the fans will say "waters it down" or "Hollywood-izes" it. Maybe these things are true, I don't know (although Millar himself didn't think so), but the end result is something that holds together better, and in some ways is almost EDGIER. For instance: the comic sidesteps all the troubling questions raised by Hit-Girl with "See, Big Daddy is a monster, this is a horrible, awful thing and you're perfectly right for not liking it!" (I almost felt like it was chickening out) while the movie plays her comparatively "straight," thus allowing the creepiness to become more permeable.
The rest of the movie works better. Katie's acceptance of Dave is a bit too sappy, but it works loads better than how it plays out in the comics (one of the many hey-Mark-you-missed-the-point-of-Deconstruction moments that the movie wisely ditches). In fact, the whole thing is a lot less misogynistic (what with Hit-Girl's more positive portrayal and Katie's lack of bitchiness).
But anyway, let's take the movie on its own terms. Hitchcock's definition of a Great Movie was: "Three great scenes, no bad scenes." Well, three great scenes: The opening montage of Dave's life (relatable much?
), the webcast scene (one of the best pieces of cinema in recent memory... a great setup for an awesome action sequence, I was really immersed), and the final assault (the sheer "Fuck yeah" of it all).