I'm going to be publishing my thoughts on "Kick-Ass" verrrrrrrrrry soon, but I don't want to rush it.
Suffice to say, Matthew Vaughn conquered that Austin audience this weekend, and I'm thrilled with the way the film cut together. When you visit a set, you're looking at parts. Pieces. Potential. But until a film is done, almost anything could happen. I've seen films that were moderately impressive on set come together in a way that is almost confusingly great, and I've seen the exact opposite. With "Kick Ass," I hoped it was going to work from the moment I read the script, and in every one of the set reports I wrote after visiting last year, I was optimistic. I've been playing cheerleader ever since, and now, I'm thrilled to see that whatever I thought it was going to be, it's better.
I heard some criticism from people at BNAT of the way Lionsgate is handling the promo art on this film so far, but I disagree. I love the four-part poster featuring just the backs of the characters, and I love that they're not selling these people as movie stars, but as CHARACTERS. That's what I love about the film... it's not the violence, although that's awesome, and it's not the superhero stuff, even though that's fun.
No... this is a movie about a handful of truly special characters who meet each other at a very strange moment in time, and if it's going to work, it depends on the audience really buying into each of them. Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, Big Daddy, and the Red Mist all have to click if the audience is going to take this wild ride with them.
Here's the poster, which reveals just how "Phantom of the Paradise" meets "Batman" the design on Big Daddy really is:
And now here's the clip, which is the way we meet Damon (Nic Cage) and Mindy (Chloe Moretz) in the film.
"Kick Ass" arrives April 16, 2010. You are not ready.
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