This is a B-movie with a star performance by Anthony Hopkins. It is in the vein, stylistically, as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." It has its theme in common with the former and it approaches the atmosphere of the latter, though it does match either in quality. However, it eschews gore in favor of character and is more effective because of it. Anthony Hopkins is emmensely entertaining.
Best film I've seen at the theaters in a while
Reviewed by UncleKitty for Kick-Ass at 2010-04-16 00:53:32
Generally I hate going to see films in theaters due to the cost of the tickets and munchies. Rarely do I feel I've seen a film in theaters once that didn't make me feel like I'd been ripped off, and rarely have I ever seen a film there twice. This is a film I'd go to see again.
If you're a fan of comic book or superhero films, or just plain old violent action movies you should in theory love this. Be aware this isn't the typical example of either of those genres. It's rated R for a reason: Hit Girl. An 11 year old killing machine who fights while we listen to Joan Jett in the background. She steals every scene, and for good reason. She's the most over the top character in the film (possibly the most over the top I've seen in some time). Rarely have I heard an audience cheer for someone killing bad guys the way I did for her. I think the guy next to me said he was in love, much like one of the films characters did after watching her kneecap, throat slit, and headshot her way through a pack of bad guys. She is awesome incarnate.
There are a few flaws (which admittedly may be intentional given that this is a satirical parody) that prevent me from giving this a 4.0, but they are inconsequential. I?m rating this on whether or not I think you?ll feel robbed if you see it in a theater. And no. I do not believe you will.
Comic fans should pay special attention to Nicholas Cage?s brutally satirical parody of Adam West as Batman. It?s his best role in years. Well maybe. His movies have kind of sucked lately so I stopped watching them, but this is the early Nick Cage I liked in films. So it?s the best role I?ve seen him play in years. One of the great conceits of Batman (and other human level comic vigilantes) is that they let opponents live. This film tears that apart showing that basically you can?t afford to do that because in real life the first time you lost a fight you?d be dead or crippled. It?s called Kick #!@%*# because that?s what happens to the main character. A lot. A turning point in the film comes when he meets Hit Girl and Big Daddy (nothing Freudian there?) and realizes he?s in way over his head and has little more to offer the world than good intentions. I do hope the planned sequel materializes.
Sometimes you go to a movie with high expectations and sometimes not really knowing what to expect. "Stardust" was one of the latter. What a surprise! It built up slowly and delivered on so many levels. So what type of film is "Stardust"? A coming of age, a romance, an epic adventure, a swashbuckler, a comedy, a fantasy, and a (flying, irreverent, cross-dressing) pirate movie; yes it's all of that!! What a way to escape for two hours. Everyone in the cast gave satisfying performances, many were stand out performances: with a wickedly over the top evil Witch by Ms. Pfeiffer and a flying high scene stealing turn by Mr. De Niro as Captain Shakespeare. Treat yourself. See "Stardust", and be surprised.