The first Kick-Ass (really, a hyphen? I always assumed that was one word, but then I failed grammar in high school, so I’m clearly not qualified to operate the English language in public), was at its absolute best when Hit Girl (but not Hit-Girl? You’re killing me English, you’re killing me like Smalls) was front and center. The new trailer for the sequel is out and for this trailer at least it seems to be focusing on Chloe Moretz’s character. So if that holds out, we’ll be seeing whether the gimmick can support the franchise.
Here’s the trailer:
I’m of two thoughts. First of all, I love the concept of Hit Girl being as terrified and awkward in high school as anyone else. The character can work as a gimmick when it’s one note, but in order to really shine it needs that tension between the two sides of her character. The hero and the fifteen year old.
But the flip side of that is that the hero side can’t negate the hell scape (or is it hellscape? Hell-scape? I’m-seeing-fucking-hyphens-fucking-everywhere) that makes high school what it is. Yeah it’s just for effect in the trailer, but what should happen when she busts out Hit Girl in front of the crowd of teenage girls is derision. Because they’re evil. Because every fifteen year old is evil when you throw enough of them in a group. Done right, it could feel a lot like some of the first couple seasons of Buffy. And that’s a good thing.