Views from the Sofa’s Greatest Scenes is a list of the greatest moments in the movies. This could be long introductions, moments of action or great dialogue between characters. The scenes are in no particular order and come from many different types of movies.
Kick-Ass felt like the anti-superhero movie. It wasn’t a big Marvel spectacle and didn’t rely on ridiculous powers. It did have silly costumes, outlandish characters and best of all, impressive set-pieces. The film may have been called Kick-Ass but it was Hit-Girl who took centre-stage and had some of the coolest moments, one of which was saving her Dad and the title character during their “unmasking.”
Warning: This clip contains extreme violence, language and strobe lighting
Greatest Scene Number 46: Kick-Ass: Kick-Ass Unmasked
As superhero set-pieces go, this one has everything. It starts with our heroes caught and seemingly against impossible odds. They are about to be unmasked to a large viewing (internet) audience and there is nothing they can do about it. Before that though, they will have to take a beating.
Kick-Ass also became well-known for the ultra-violence and this scene doesn’t disappoint. After Nicholas Cage’s Big Daddy and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass receive their beatings, it’s time for Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit-Girl to dole out her punishment. It would have been easy to make this a cool set-piece where Hit-Girl dispatches goons with ease but the scene needed to be more than that. The film had already shown her skills so it needed to raise the stakes.
It does this in a few different ways. The first is to have the confrontation take place in night-vision. Not just night-vision but 1st Person view. Although this has been done before, it still effective to see the kills first-hand and even manages to make them more visceral and a lot cooler.
Once this tactic seems to be exhausted, next comes the strobe lighting. It is such a simple device but again works so effectively, as the strobe lighting makes the kills look impressive and calculated. Add to this the fact that Nicholas Cage is doing a pained Adam West impression, barking the orders to his executioner daughter and you get added drama to the scene, compounded further by the sombre and slow soundtrack.
The final moments end the scene well, with Hit-Girl finally taking out the remaining goons in slow-motion, made more effective by the strobe-effect. The final moment, a perfect delivering of a M-F-Bomb as Hit-Girl takes out the camera.
All-in-all, a very cool way to stage an action sequence and one that remains memorable within all the cooler moments the movie holds. The film has so many great set-pieces anyway but this one almost manages to over-shadow even the blood-filled and gory finale that ends the movie.
Overall, Kick-Ass is never actually Unmasked but the saving of him and Big Daddy is still an impressive spectacle. It manages to hold so much of what makes the movie work and so different to every other superhero movie which populates our summers.