Kick-Ass kicked ass, Uncertainty was certainly good
I apologize right now for the cheesy play on words in the title of this post. I shouldn’t have written them like that, but sometimes you just have to, you know? Even though I agree with Ricky Gervais about puns being the lowest form of humor, it is sometimes too hard to resist them.
As I mentioned in my Iron Man 2 post, I was going to watch Kick-Ass in the not-so-distant future. I watched it on Friday and it was everything I had hoped it would be – and more. I (we, actually) also watched the golden nugget of a movie called Uncertainty too, but more on that one later.
We might get into spoiler territory here, so read on at your own risk. My best friend and I, along with our girlfriends, had a movie night on Friday. We started off with Kick-Ass and that movie was just all that I had hoped for and so much more. I was expecting a cool action movie and I’d read that there would be some dark themes to it as well, but I still thought that the balls-out action would be the main attraction of the movie. The action was completely awesome, as expected, but it didn’t hold a candle to the message of the movie. Basically, after all of the superhero movies that have been released in the last decade or so, they’ve made us pretty jaded about the consequences of the masked vigilante plotline. Kick-Ass turns the clichés on their heads and brings something completely different. The voice-over by Kick-Ass himself adds to this, in some parts having something of an implied dialogue with the audience, which is something I haven’t seen before. What happened to Big Daddy was something I totally didn’t expect, but it fit the movie like a glove. It made the movie so much better.
I think every part in the movie was cast perfectly, with one exception being Red Mist. Putting McLovin’ in that role was a mistake in my opinion. First of all you have the fact that he’s McLovin’ and secondly, I don’t think Christopher Mintz-Plasse did a great job with the role. He wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but virtually all of the other parts were perfect, so that made his performance stand out in a bad way. Nicolas Cage was fantastic as Big Daddy, his first worthwhile role in years, and Aaron Johnson was a revelation as Kick-Ass. But the big star of the show, and this is almost getting tiresome because everyone is saying it, was Hit Girl, played by Chloe Moretz. Holy shit. She simply owned the whole movie. She stole every scene she was in and in a movie like this, that’s an accomplishment. This girl is 13 years old, which made her about… 11 (?) when the movie was filmed. Completely insane. You need to watch this movie because of her performance alone. She is that good. Never mind that the rest of the movie is masterfully done. She owns it and you will love her, just like me.
I’d say that with Kick-Ass, Watchmen and the new Batman movies, a new standard has been set for superhero movies. X-Men was fine when it was released, but when Wolverine was released, it didn’t work any longer. Those movies need to be more cerebral from now on, making the audience think a bit more.
Okay, so that’s Kick-Ass. What about Uncertainty?
Uncertainty is a lovely little movie that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and one of my new favorite actresses, Lynn Collins. It’s kind of a what-if love story that follows the two of them through two scenarios. At the very beginning of the movie, they flip a coin to see if they should spend the day at her family’s place or if they should go and do whatever they feel like, taking the day as it comes. From then on we follow both possibilities and the movie makers make clear through the use of color what storyline is being followed at any given moment. In one storyline, they wear green clothes, and in the other, they wear yellow clothes. It works brilliantly.
The chemistry between Collins and Gordon-Levitt is undeniable and a lot of the time, they say so much with minimal dialogue, if any. He is cool, she is beautiful and they convey the emotions of their relationship so well. The two storylines are quite different with one of them being more calm with the family party and the other being very hectic as they find a lost phone and get chased by what seems like hitmen, trying to return it. But even if they are shot at in one storyline, that doesn’t mean that there is less drama in the other. There is a lot of tension in the family storyline that brings out the best of both of the actors, as I don’t think that’s an easy story to portray.
I really loved Uncertainty too and even though it can seem a bit unclear sometimes, that’s part of the charm. The dialogue is written to fill in the gaps in both of the storylines. If you wonder about something in the green storyline, they’ll say something in the yellow to make it clear. But the dialogue wasn’t written in the traditional way. They had the broad strokes penned, but the actual dialogue was all improvised by the cast, which makes the result incredibly impressive. The visual style of the movie was breathtaking and the soundtrack was nice. It wasn’t very obvious, but it fit perfectly. Oh, now that I think about it, the soundtrack was completely awesome in Kick-Ass. I’ll be getting that one, for sure. Hopefully, I can get my hands on Uncertainty’s as well.
All in all, both movies should be checked out, for different reasons. Kick-Ass gets 5 out of 5 and Uncertainty is a strong 4 out of 5 in my book. Good times!