KICK ASS is one of my favorite movies.

Watching KICK ASS.
Hadn’t seen it in a while.
It’s so well written.

It’s a textbook example of stuff happening that surprises you VERY OFTEN.

Watch the film and write down how many scenes start headed in one direction and then end up someplace else.

Also notice the many threads of relationships in it.
Father / his past
Bad Father / his past and how they tie together.
Kick Ass and his girlfriend.
Kick Ass and Hit Girl.
Kick Ass and his friends.
Kick Ass and Red Mist and how that story changes several different times.

What a great way to introduce Mindy and her Dad… he shoots her in the chest. Never seen that before. Talk about introducing a character and learning about them via what they do.

“I’d always dreamed of being a superhero. But this, this was a nightmare… It was time to stop wearing this stupid costume.”
Wow, perfect screenwriting!
You get what you always wanted and it ruins your life.
When you watch a movie on Netflix, it shows you where you are in the story. This is at 1:10. The movie’s 1:57. So, it’s not a perfect midpoint, but it sure feels like one.

Look at Dad’s goofy sweet 50s dialogue. Nobody talks like that guy! He calls his daughter “Child.”

While we’re at it, the film is very well edited.

Look at the Red Mist / his Father relationship. It’s what makes the whole film happen. The more movies I watch, the more I think the Bad Guy and what he or she wants is what makes the story work. Nothing happens in the Hero’s life until the Bad Guy gets started going after what he wants.

There’s a ton of violence. A ton. A ton of tons. So if watching eleven year old girls kill a double handful of bad guys is not your thing, stay away.

End of Act II… one character says, “It’s over.” at 1:30.

I had NO idea how much fun it would be to watch an eleven year old girl be SO tough.



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2 responses to “KICK ASS is one of my favorite movies.

  1. Jeff Swanson

    It is a great movie. One thought from reading your post — “nobody talks like that guy”. Screenwriters need to realize they shouldn’t be writing the way people talk — or the way cliches on TV talk — but should be writing lines that feel good in an actor’s mouth. Stylized, odd, lyrical. Not crazy, just unique.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      I totally agree about dialogue. It’s hard to write movie dialogue… it’s not like people actually talk, but it’s close. It’s an acquired talent, that’s for sure. It’s not “naturalistic” dialogue, which is often a lot of hot air… but stuff that moves the story forward. Not easy.

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