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Kick Ass Deconstruction

Kick Ass Deconstruction

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Published by BeccaMorel

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Published by: BeccaMorel on Nov 16, 2011
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 The very first image in the film ‘Kick-Ass’ is that of a point of view shotthrew the sky, the colour of the sky is a vivid blue adding a fictionalessence as if the scene would be in a comic or cartoon. The fact thatthe audience is shown this image could be arepresentation of a superhero’s view, which wouldautomatically tie in the theme of comic books.During this part of the scene, titles are passingthe audience by as the camera glides threw theclouds.We are able to view a character (standing on the edge of a buildingdressed in a superheros outfit) from a behind shot, hiding their identityand adding a sense of mystery that so often is found hand-in-hand withfilms based on where the character masks theiridentity. The music builds as he jumps of thebuilding, with the camera angles changing froman establishing shot, to a close up, then to a veryeffective point of view shot. Although, thecharacter fails to fly and lands on top of a New York taxi, clearly establishing the location. Taxis and other cityfeatures are also used as transactions between locations. The musiccompletely cuts out during this and a sense of reality is resumed, thetitle ‘Kick-Ass’ is the taxis number plate.Our main character is narrating the entire titlesequence and first scene over the top of clichéd‘inspirational’ music that would be commonlyfound in fictional hero films, again, supporting thefact that the movie will be based around the topic
of superheroes. Although further into the scene, the score changes to amore modern, upbeat sound when we are introduced to the reality of his life. The establishing shot of his high school isaccompanied by a subtitle stating “Six monthsearlier…” in the same design that would be foundin a comic book. This has been done to yet againremain the reader of the connection between thecomic book world and the main characters life.When the main character is walking through high school, the camerashots used mostly switch between tracking, point of view and midshots. The tracking camera is used as if theaudience is following the character through theschool, swaying from left to right whilst taking inthe environment of a busy building full withdifferent character all with completely differenttraits, as the narration describes. The point of view shot used very effectively when the character is walking throughthe corridors, due to the fact that we are able to see how othercharacters react to him and therefore have a sense of what life wouldbe like in the eyes of this character. Mid shots arecommonly used; we can have a panned out viewof the environment, but yet stay focused on themain character himself. Long shots are veryfrequently used when our character is in class,therefore, the scene involved the entire class as well as highlightingthe fact that there is nothing particularly special about the maincharacter; he merges in with everyone else.

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