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April 15, 2010


Brian Bennett

wow... just came across your site because of the sfsignal piece. I use movies/tv in my teaching as a pastor all the time, and find that superheroes are ultra fertile ground because of the moralistic impulse, precisely grounded in some origin story. They are akin to the prophetic call stories. I had been thinking that I would go see Kick-Ass... but I'll probably wait for a while... maybe catch it on DVD.
I'll definitely be checking out more of your stuff.



"Mark Millar, writer of the comic and executive producer of the film, is a Catholic who attends mass every week."

Da fug?!? Really?

Oh, and I think you're largely right about Kick-Ass. Like so many Millar projects it just seemed an exercise in grotesque, utterly gratuitous violence. And saying "motherf*cking c*nt" a lot.


I'd actually say the book isn't so much nihilistic as it's meant to sort of expose the nihilism of some comic fans.

While some of us may love a character for the herosim, others love them for the power.

The best example I can give is 2 policemen who come to my local comic shop.
One is a guy with a Batman tattoo, he always wears a little Batman logo pen in his pocket.
He's a good guy who'se always up for a friendly chat.
While I've never discussed it in depth with him, one gets the idea he's someone who fell in love with the character for the heroism.

Now, there's another cop who, when it was announced the Green Lantern movie was shooting in town, proclaimed his GL fandom, and how he was going to use his position as a cop to tail whoever had the props and basically bribe them for (or have them bribe him with) a GL ring for the set.

See, he's missing the point of heroism, and even his wanting to be a cop is more about the power than any heroism.

To me, Kick-Ass is about those types of fans, the ones who want the power but miss the herosim.

This is also why the book (not sure about the movie) basically ends with him in the same exact place he was before he put on the costume.


This about sums it up:


That's the most dead on review of kick-ass I have read so far.
Having the movie be my first encounter with the world of Kick-Ass, from the starting storyline I expected a deep albeit satirical movie about moral issues as most super hero movies are. I was quite surprised when the main protagonist slowly distanced himself from any moral codex and essentially became a villain.


As a criticism of the nihilism, the movie and the book would be fine. But that's not the case. The movie is quite gratuitous on every aspect. There's no real mocking, no real critique, nothing. Just a arid movie with plenty of gore. Would fit ok in a double-feature session tho.

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