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April 22, 2010

Kick Ass Rocked, Hit Girl “Killed”

by Jonn Holland

Yes. I said it. Kick Ass did rock, and yes I did say that Hit Girl “killed”. There really is no pun intended, not really because the character Hit Girl did her fair share of killing bad guys. In fact, I think she killed the most. I’ll have to see it again to be sure. However, there is a reason I put the word in quotations.

Ever hear a comedian say that they “killed ’em” after a set? What they are meaning is that they did so good that the audience couldn’t stop laughing.

So, when I say that Hit Girl killed it i mean it as a little bit of a pun, because her the character does literally kill; with great efficiency. However, she is also a satirical effigy of Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin who, in the late nineties comic book series Robin II and Robin III, was a twelve-year-old boy. It was obvious to me what the intent was. Why else have her be the sidekick of Batmanesque Big Daddy played by Nicholas Cage; who by the way, paid excellent homage to Adam West’s nineteen sixties Batman with his… Certain. Way. Of speaking.

Truly, Hit Girl(Chloe Moretz) has struck a nerve. Some reviews have been less than accepting of the character, perhaps because the idea of a twelve-year-old girl having to be more violent and foul-mouthed than the adults trying to kill her is hard to fathom. Yet, I can’t help but think that if children were able to protect themselves as effectively, without killing or course, would be kidnappers and child molesters would think twice least they get their sensitive area served to them or at the minimum, a brutal thrashing.

Personally, I don’t condone vigilantism. But, Kick Ass is not necessarily a movie about vigilantes. It is a story about that last straw, the one that makes a person stand up and say, “I’ve had enough and you’re not pushing me around anymore.” It is for that reason I like this movie and if you don’t have any qualms about seeing Hit Girl do her thing go see Kick Ass. If not, don’t.

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