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Movie Reviews – Kick-Ass and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) | May 9, 2010

Kick-Ass is the irreverent, violent not-quite-spoof, more-than-just-a-comedy newest take on superheroes. It doesn’t quite fall into the “deconstruction” spin, either, though it certainly has elements of all of the previous. It’s funny, but it’s just as much a drama (with some heart-warming bits), and it excels on all points. A lot of people are going to get hung up on an 11 year old girl using bad language (yet, I haven’t heard too much complaints of her killing people – really, conservative types, your priorities are fucked up.)

I heartily enjoyed this movie. Hit Girl steals the show, though Kick-Ass’ two friends are priceless. It’s fun, but check your anal retentiveness at the door. The soundtrack and score are most excellent, from Hit Girl killing thugs to John Murphy, to Kick-Asa and Red Mist car-dancing to Gnarls Barkley.

Okay, the original is one of my favourite movies of all time. It’s fun, cheesy AND scary.

However, unlike many geeks out there, I am more than able to go into a remake with an open mind. It doesn’t have to be “the same” as the original movie (or comic or novel or tv show or whatever) for me to appreciate it.

This is a strong, solid movie. Jackie Earle Haley is a fantastic choice for Freddy Kruger. Everyone else does decent jobs of their characters (again, this is a slasher flick, we’re not looking for Oscar winning performances.) Clancy Brown always makes a movie better.

It’s different, but they don’t really change the story too much. There are differences, and this is a good thing to be celebrated – if I wanted the same story as the first one, I’d watch the original instead of going to see a new one.

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Both of these movies get 8/10 for great visuals, good performances, wonderful atmosphere and just being a lot of fun.

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