Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Writer: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) Mark Millar & John Romita Jr (comic)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage
OK. High school kid gets pissed and decides to become a superhero. Jinks cause him to become slightly more super. Jinks also cause him to be confused for another crime-fighting duo in the form of Nicholas Cage and his young daughter. There is also McLovin.
this wasn't really what i was expecting. i knew it was violent and stuff, but i thought it was going to be a little more mainstream movie average. i enjoyed it, but i didn't love it. i appreciated the violence, but it seemed more of a big daddy/ hit girl story than a kick-ass story. i realize they are more comic hero typed, and the whole point of the movie was the random hero...i don't know. it was an original approach, i suppose (soon to be challenged by james gunn's super). it gets points in my book for not being predictable, but i guess one of the problems with our delayed gigantor netflix queue is that we hear all the hype and how much people love it months, sometimes years before we watch it, and i go in with expectations.
Hmm. This was mostly fun. It was... I don't want to say unique exactly, but different. Unlike my woman, my expectations were practically nonexistent. Things unfolded in a slightly unpredictable way (sometimes). Critically it was just fine. Acting, production, direction, all that crap reek of a bigger budget than I expect it had. Nicholas Cage gave an actually-reserved performance for about 80% of his screen time. I fear that we'll never see the one kid again, so I hope he got a fair amount of money.
The story itself was, as I said, a little different. It was also a little bizarre. The one problem I had was one which it shares with Will Smith Vanity Project #4,623,794: There's a pretty young kid involved in some pretty heavy violence. But if you can get over that you can suspend the rest of the disbelief and have a good time.
Someone who I can no longer remember recommended this to me; and I have no difficulty in recommending it to y'all.