Kick-Ass is a superhero movie based on the comic of the same name by Mark Millar. It follows the exploits of a frustrated teenager named Dave Lizewski, who decides to become a superhero after getting mugged one too many times in New York. The movie is funny, thrilling, and overall very entertaining; but like my Chasing Amy review, there’s one gripe I have that stops the movie from being truly great.
Zombie movies tend be rather empty, I admit, so it’s always nice to see one break away from that and offer some subtext a la the original George Romero films. This is not such a movie.
Shaun of the Dead has already proven to us that there is comedy in the zombie apocalypse, and Zombieland is perhaps an even better example of such. Opting for the fast “Infected” zombies, the film sees Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin take on the roles of four survivors of the human apocalypse.
Usually I need a dose of drama in a film to make me care about the comedy, but every once in a while I see a comedy film that really steps above the rest and manages to deliver some witty lines and situations without injecting any big dramatic elements. The Hangover is definitely a step above most pure comedies.