Grade: B- | 1st Viewing
The film was intentionally clichÃ© in its presentation of a superhero origin story in order to satirize the glut of comic book adaptations. However, I think the film lost its way towards the final act when it abandoned satire and became a straight action story. The film was witty and had smart dialogue and an interesting story, which made it watchable, but itâ€™s not one Iâ€™d recommend for you to rush out and rent.
I also found myself wishing that it was more Hit Girl and Big Daddyâ€™s story than the awkward loser to hero focus. Aaron Johnson was likeable enough as the protagonist, but I quickly got bored by the rivalry between Kick-Ass and Red Mist and was more interested in the father/daughter psychology of Hit Girl and Big Daddy. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the former got her own sequel spin-off as Chloe Moretzâ€™s Hit Girl completely stole every scene.
Despicable Me (2010)
Grade: C | 2nd Viewing
Let me start by defending my next two entries. My 8-year old cousin was in town for the weekend and she had never been to the drive-in movie theatre. I was happy to endure the dismal double feature in order to introduce the young lady to one of my favorite pastimes.
The second time around Despicable Me didnâ€™t inspire any more laughs than it did on the first viewing. I also realized the second time around how wasted the star-studded voice cast was. I didnâ€™t realize until the second time around that Kirsten Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Jemaine Clement, or Danny McBride were even in the film. This new trend of enlisting big name actors just to play bit voice-acting roles is getting sort of ridiculous.
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
Grade: D- | 1st Viewing
Even heading into this movie with incredibly low expectations, it was a dismal disappointment. Once again a rather star-studded voice acting cast was wasted on a movie that seemed to be only made in order for the screenwriters to cart out every tired feline or canine pun that exists. The movie wasnâ€™t even excited enough to keep my 8-year old cousin interested as she fell asleep halfway through.
Another thing the film does that makes me truly hate it is present the characters as racial stereotypes. They make the â€œracesâ€ of the different characters very obvious by writing dialogue for a dog to speak ebonics or with a latino accent. It makes me curious what lesson children are supposed to get from the film exactly.