In limited release now so we can discuss?
Short take, I really liked it but there are some flaws. Everyone's great in the film. Happy to see Rainn Wilson be great in the lead, as I am not a fan of The Office and never got why Dwight Schrute was such a pop icon. Ellen Page kinda runs away with the film though. Much darker and more rough around the edges than Kick-Ass. More like a personal film about loneliness and divorce than deconstruction of the superhero genre. (That last sentence is totally cribbed from Devin's pretty spot-on review.) In that sense I found the film to be kinda brave and emotionally raw. You're laughing uncomfortably at how psychotic it is, not at how cool or risque it seems. No one explodes in a giant industrial microwave. Mostly it's just a lot of craniums being split in half. Plot-wise it sticks to the guns of the initial premise of Kick-Ass before the actual superheroes (and yeah, I mean Big Daddy and Hit Girl) show up and usurp that film. There's no Hong Kong stunt team choreographing an amazingly balletic fight sequence at the end, but there are exploding bodies thankfully. There are some more great moments as Wilson's Crimson Bolt makes his way through the carnage even if, again like Kick-Ass, the resolution ultimately is problematic. I don't know why it is with movies like this, but I always want the lead to die even if he ends up killing all the bad guys. That's the kind of ending this film earns. And I don't think it's because I'm Korean that I'm clamoring for something more bittersweet in this case.