Kick-Ass (2010)

With so many other movie bloggers being hyped up for Kick Ass 2 coming out this year, I felt a bit left out that I hadn’t even seen the first one. I needed to know what the deal was and get in on the fun before it was too late ūüėČ

kick ass posterDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Cage, Mark Strong, Lyndsey Fonseca, Michael Rispoli

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a normal student who does nothing special and is usually invisible to the girls at school. Being into comic books and superheroes, he wonders why no one has ever stepped up and tried to do what superheroes do and protect their society. ¬†With this in mind, he orders a green jumpsuit from the Internet and trains himself (the best he can) and eventually tries to defend his society. ¬†On his first attempt, he gets accidentally filmed and he becomes a hit under the alias of Kick-Ass. ¬†When he urges a girl he is interested at school, Katie (Lyndsey Fonseca) to ask Kick Ass for help to get rid of an annoying ex, on that mission, he ends up meeting Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) who requests for him to join them. ¬†In the process, some mafia leader Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) mistakes him to be part of a big scheme to derail their illegal activities and his son offers to disguise as another superhero called Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to help with their plan.

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When I turned on Kick-Ass, I had no idea what it would be like. ¬†I hadn’t even seen the trailer. ¬†Back in 2010, I was still just getting back into the groove of the existence of TV, forget about movies. ¬†Honestly, it looks a bit corny and cheesy but at the same time, my main motivation was that Chloe Grace Moretz is awesome! If everything sucked, at least she would light up that screen. ¬†Unexpectedly, it was bloody, funny and silly, and plenty of stylish fun. ¬†It was somewhat of a weird combination from all the characters but it had a spark that really worked for it. ¬†There was a lot of cross over with comic style visually here and there and the way they filmed it was really attractive. ¬†I like this little flick a lot!

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If you had to define loser, this Dave character would definitely be it.  Even the costume he chooses and the luck he has is ridiculous.  However, something about the sweet victory of a normal everyday person having the heart to become something more without no actual reason makes me want to cheer for him and connect.  Thats what Dave has going on for him, even when we see him dig his own grave over and over again in his personal life or as Kick-Ass.  Its fun to see his character development as it changes into making this into something more meaningful and he finds his actual courage and strength.

kick ass hit girl big daddy

Hit Girl and Big Daddy played by Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Cage respectively are father and daughter team and they are super kick ass. ¬†Like not Dave Kick Ass because Big Daddy is right when he says that, he should be called Ass Kicked compared to them. ¬†This team is phenomenal with a specific agenda that they know what they want to accomplish, well-planned and they are crazy great at everything. ¬†Their story is actually pretty good and it defines the means of why they do what they are doing. ¬†Its been a while I’ve seen Nicholas Cage teamed up with kids and there is a pretty good vibe between the characters.

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What superhero movie is without their villain, right? Mark Strong plays the villain Mark D’Amico. ¬†He’s somewhat of a brutal and emotionally unstable man to me. ¬†He seems to try to contain himself and is immune to being harsh. ¬†Red Mist is his son and he recognizes his son’s potential as he is chooses to become Red Mist to lure out Kick-Ass. ¬†Frank D’Amico is a tough guy to beat, however, we all know Red Mist isn’t really that bad…he’s just being a son, right? Thats not a spoiler…I hope! (Its getting hard to stop myself from writing too much…)

Bottomline: I loved it! It was great to watch visually. ¬†The characters were great and there was a good development with each one. ¬†It was a bit predictable but the action and the fight scenes and the interaction between the characters was totally fantastic that I didn’t really feel like there was anything unenjoyable until I sat down and wrote this. ¬†Just little issues though and definitely worth a viewing! Maybe like me, you’ll want to go see Kick Ass 2 when it comes out!! ūüôā

Stardust (2007)

This week seems to be birthday week for celebrities. ¬†We have Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis. ¬†I was struggling to find a movie to watch for the next review and with that, I debated between “I am Sam” and “Stardust”. ¬†Stardust won that battle. ¬†Its one of those really fun adventure, romance and fantasy stories that I love. ¬†I’ve had a tiring week (as I’ve mentioned SO many times before), so this seemed like a good choice to relax a bit ūüôā

stardust posterDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Kate Magowan, Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais

In the village of Wall, a boy Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox) sees a shooting star fall out of the sky and in pursuit for a girl, he promises her that he will get her that star even if it means crossing into the unknown on the other side of the guarded wall. ¬†At the same time, he learns of the magical story of his parents and his life and this leads him to have to travel across the wall to search for his mother as well. ¬†Travelling unexpectedly to the unknown, he crashes (literally) into a beautiful girl, Yvaine (Claire Danes) who turns out to be the shooting star he was looking for. ¬†However, while he is trying to lead Yvaine back to Wall to see the girl he likes, they also learn that Yvaine is seeked by an old (and evil) witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to cut out her heart to regain her and her sister’s youth. ¬†Tristan has to protect Yvaine in the process. ¬†In addition, the magical world is also going through a leader dilemma as the former king on his death bed sent out a gem that will only change back to the original color with the destined heir who finds it. ¬†With coincidence, it also leads to their search for Yvaine and Tristan. ¬†As Yvaine and Tristan escape, their paths are intertwined with friends such as Captain Shakespeare (Robert DeNiro) and not just enemies. ¬†They both also learn a little bit more about what love is. ¬†As the narrator (Ian McKellan) says at the beginning: “This is a story about how Tristan Thorn becomes a man, a greater challenge altogether.”

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This movie is adapted from a book by Neil Gaiman and thats something I didn’t know for so many years that I’ve been watching it. ¬†I’ve never read or heard of the book so I’ll probably need to look it up someday. ¬†I’m a huge fan of this flick. ¬†Its magical, fun, humorous and just completely adventurous. ¬†The story itself is so cute and just brings up this desire to fall in love and how love is quite magical in its own way.

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The main characters have to be Claire Danes. ¬†I’m a big fan of hers. ¬†I haven’t seen her in a whole lot of stuff but every time I’ve seen on her scene, she has this elegance to her. ¬†I don’t consider an absolutely beauty but she has a very elegant feeling to her when she talks and when she acts. ¬†In this movie, we see both her as Yvaine and Charlie Cox (who I have never seen in anything else) as Tristan being pretty naive youngsters. They do a very good job at it.

stardust robert deniro

My favorite character was Robert DeNiro as Captain Shakespeare. ¬†He plays a role where he pretends to be someone else to live up to his reputation. ¬†As the Captain of a flying ship and following his father’s footsteps, he hides the fact that he actually is into plays and acting and occasionally dresses up in gowns and prances around with fans and whatnot. ¬†Robert DeNiro is very much a manly man but its refreshing and funny to see him do this particular role. ¬†It always makes me smile ūüôā

stardust lamia

I watched this movie in honor of Michelle Pfeiffer’s birthday. Her role as the evil Lamia was amazing. ¬†But then, when is she not, right? I’m a huge Michelle Pfeiffer fan and same with Meg Ryan, I have a lot of catching up to do for her movies as well. ¬†In this one, she is so awesome. ¬†And her makeup as an old woman is quite worth the applause because it is very convincing. ¬†When she needs to pull out the evil side, she does it in such a convincing way from her expressions to the tone of voice.

stardust lamia and sisters

Stardust has a fantastic cast and I love the story. ¬†What makes this movie very good is that its a little over 2 hours long and I never feel the length of it at all. ¬†Its not because all the movies nowadays are at least 2.5 hours long but rather, this movie doesn’t give you too much of a down period and keeps the adventures going and moves the storyline along very efficiently.

If you haven’t seen Stardust, I highly recommend it. ¬†Its fun and amusing. ¬†Its like entering into a fantasy magical world and meeting all your fairy tales good and bad all at once. ¬†Plus, its about searching for true love, with princes, pirates, witches and a hero that shines through to his full potential when he becomes a man.

I’m a bit late for the talented Michelle Pfeiffer’s birthday. ¬†Are you a fan of Michelle Pfeiffer? What made you like her or dislike her?