On a Spearhead recommendation, I saw the movie Kick-Ass on DVD last night. Based on the trailers, I had expected a family movie in the same genre as, say, Sky High, and invited the family to watch it with me.
While Kick-Ass does, in fact, have the moral aesthetic of Sky High in the sense of being a campy story about child super-heroes, the visual aesthetic is much closer to The Matrix. But even The Matrix comparison doesn’t quite capture Kick-Ass’ absolute level of sex and violence; for that, maybe Scarface would be the better.
Yet somehow, the contradictions work, which says a lot about the way well-executed movies can use context to desensitize us to murder and mayhem. In Kick-Ass, we get to watch, among 50+ other deaths, the 11-year-old heroine use a katana to impale a young woman begging for her life. I’m disturbed that I wasn’t disturbed.
On Peter’s recommendation, I read the Neal Stephenson novel The Diamond Age and thought, “I so want to see this movie!” (The SyFy miniseries is still in development hell.) But I also thought that we would need to make the Chinese girl army a little older. Really, twelve-year-olds? Who would believe that? But perhaps Kick-Ass shows us how it could be done.