Judd: What happens when an everyday nerd decides that the world needs a superhero? He dons a wetsuit, goes out and gets his ass handed to him by petty criminals. That’s what happens. What happens if there are others out there like him that have actually trained and are inspired by his “heroic” deeds? That’s the question Kick Ass attempts to answer.
Swanner: I went in thinking this was going to be a comedy. I guess I glazed over during the trailer. I really like the premise of the film but I was left nonplussed by the violence. It was like really bloody “OMG” am I watching the right movie? Getting past that it was nice seeing a group of newer actors getting an opportunity with a major film. Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (better known as McLovin from Superbad) and Chloe Moretz (500 Days of Summer) make up the new superheroes. Oh, Nicolas Cage plays Chloe’s father who wants to be Batman really bad.
Judd: I knew it was going to be violent and was looking forward to it, but there are some moments that are pretty intense. However, I was expecting the writing to be a bit sharper. While I won’t say that it was bland, it wasn’t as funny as the screenwriters thought it to be which for me made it hard to empathize with characters. If you’re going to be a nerd, at least be a witty nerd, otherwise I don’t care if you get your ass whooped. Hell, you deserve it.
Swanner: I had figured it would be violent but not so graphic. Especially in a comical superhero take-off. Maybe that’s how it is in the graphic novel. I remember you mentioned that Kick-Ass and The Losers were both missing what the other one had and I agree. The Losers could have been much more graphic and it was missing the campy stuff; where this film had the campy and could have toned down the graphic. Maybe it was the fact that a 12 year old brutally kills so many people in the film or maybe I’m just a woozy?
Judd: Holy shit, Fatman! Could you sound more like an old lady? “Oh dearie, it’s so violent. My Archie comics never had such filth, for Pete’s sake heavens to Betsy!” But yes, I believe that The Losers had the strong script, but the crappy direction killed it. Kick Ass had all the action a person could want, but the script was lacking. Combine the two and you get Kill Bill Vol. 1. And I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I heard that Archie finally got a handy from Veronica. She even used a little spit.
Swanner: Why are you so mean and dirty? You are right about both the movie just missing it’s mark. It does seem like everyone is trying to channel Tarantino but it’s not happening. I did think the cast was there for this but the failing came from behind the camera. When Nick Cage is decent but something still isn’t working someone has failed somewhere. I enjoyed the movie but it’s almost more of a rental title than a theatrical.
Judd: Why am I so mean and dirty? Why are you so fat and girly? It’s just the way of the world.