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May 22, 2013

Review Essay, Kick Ass

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Kick-ass is a film about a young teen dreaming of becoming a superhero then, after taking matter into his own hands, deals with the danger and struggle of actually becoming one. When it was released in 2010, Kick-Ass was received as a satire of the traditional everyday super hero that we, as fans, are accustomed to seeing. Critics loved the the unique characters that Kick-Ass presents. There’s Kick-Ass, which is just a teen living the dream of becoming a super hero, Big Daddy, an actual super hero who enlists the assistance of kick-ass once Kick-Ass becomes creditable. Then there’s the star of the hero cast which is Hit-Girl. Hit-Girl is an eleven year old martial arts specialist that caught a lot of critics eyes because she was so young but so violent and deadly. Hit-Girl was the focus of many critics because they believe she carried the film being one of the only characters capable of kicking ass. Combine that with her being about three feet tall and you have main attraction in the movie.


Critics were concerned about the amount of violence in the film. The Chicago Sun Times movie critic Roger Ebert said “it shows deadly carnage dished out by an 11-year-old girl, after which an adult man brutally hammers her to within an inch of her life. Blood everywhere. Now tell me all about the context.” Discussing what is the purpose of having this young girl dish out and take in so much damage? Does in fact this movie have too much blood to feature kid stars? But if that was the case it wouldn’t be Kick-Ass. The violence in the movie, jokingly, demonstrates kind of what would happen if a couple kids decided they were to go and fight crime. According to some critics maybe the only problem with the film Kick-Ass is the fact that it leans on the thrilling sensations of Hit-Girl a little too much.

Here are the sites to the Critic Reviews

Dargis, Manohla. “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Blood Bath.”, 13 February 2013.web

Ebert, Roger. “Kick-Ass.”, 13 February 2013.web

Gleiberman, Owen. “Kick-Ass.”, 13 February 2013.web


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