By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, AICN
Still curious on what Matthew Vaughn has in store for his adaptation of Kick-Ass? I don't know about you, but I most certainly am. Just about everything this guy touches turns to gold. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Layer Cake and even Stardust. He could take a dump in tinfoil, wrap it up, attach rusty fish hooks, and sell them to Queen Elizabeth as earrings. He's money.
But can he follow suit with Kick-Ass?
I'm going to take the reserved approach and keep my mouth shut until we at least see a first poster, featurette or trailer. That's right, limit the risk of my estimate. Fortunately for us, the good people at AICN have provided us with a better er, consensus on where this adaptation is going thanks to an incredibly detailed analysis of the Kick-Ass script.
They all are, though. That’s the thing. The reason this really works isn’t because it’s a clever deconstruction of a genre. It’s because of the intensity of feeling that each of these characters has been brought to life with, the heightened emotion of the piece. It works because you feel the impact of every choice, every scene. And the kids in the film talk like real kids. It's savvy writing precisely because it's not more clever than reality in every single scene. People make bad choices. There are awkward moments that strike me as very close to how things would really play out. It's just grounded, solid character writing at every turn.
That is just a small snippet of the script's critique. I'm telling you, there is such a breakdown of information here that it could make your head spin. Check out the entire Kick-Ass script review at AICN.