Roger Ebert once called Fight Club a “fascist movie.” Although that might have been misplaced, it may apply more aptly to these murder is fun films, Kickass and Kickass 2.
It’s so frustrating when the ideas are so nakedly presented to offset the other malignant ideas that were just presented moments ago. The level of manipulation reaches schizophrenic heights when torture is fun, but all of a sudden another character pretends to have a moral conscience. We have a battle of marketing manipulation memes, selling fascist ideas, but trying to also wrangle those peacenik dollars and assuage the consciences of parents who let their kids watch these assaults.
I was shocked at the prospect of “Hit Girl” (Chloe Moretz) the moment I read about the first film in production. This was a kind of line that had to be crossed, inevitably, but for what purpose? What is the meaning of Hit Girl? She’s some kind of super enforcer freak show that could never exist in real life. She’s also a bloodthirsty mass murderess, with flashy colors and makeup to sell killing as cool. Of course a collection of lowlifes are presented for her to mow down. What are people to make of this murder as fun and games, it’s all part of the modern lifestyle, kind of vibe?
The society has drifted quite a bit from the times of peace protests and antiwar movements. We’ve regressed to a kind of infantile love of mindless violence. Meaning and consequences are stripped away in favor of blood and circuses. Now in Amerika it’s easy to sell violence as the solution to just about anything. Little girls playing dress up is now little girls playing dress up with hollow point rounds and machetes.
The title character, Kickass (Aaron Johnson), represents the common knave. He’s brought into the world of murder for fun and Hit Girl, as a way of establishing his own identity as a superhero. He’s a scaredy cat and inept. The contrast between the two remains throughout.
With Kickass attempting to bring balance to the vigilante ideal, the films meander toward gore and death and back toward justice and forgiveness. The people behind it coldly manipulate the storylines to sell death and supremacy one moment and high school innocence and the rule of law the next.
Vigilantism is pitted against a useless law and justice system that essentially does nothing positive, ever. This is an ideological attack on the idea of a justice system at all. Never are the police called or do they do anything positive. The only solution is massive force and violence by unaccountable individuals. Similarities to other vigilante comic book stories (Batman) are intentional, but to what end? What is it these people think they’re saying in the end?
My guess is that they’re saying: ‘we put x in there to counter y, so give us lots of money, assholes.’
Sounds about right.
No trailer. Fuck you, Kickass.