You can tell we’re approaching summer when the superhero movies appear at your local multiplex. But this one has more fanboys, critics, bloggers and parents than usual talking, and writing furiously about What It All Means. It’s not just the film’s title, or the fact that it’s based on an graphic novel that’s really very graphic.
No, the buzz is all about Hit Girl , the character many people agree is the real star of the show. Some describe her as a pint sized version of the Uma Thurman character in “Kill Bill,” which alarms people concerned about the way violence is portrayed in pop culture.
Others who cringe when seeing the very high body count in the film, much of it caused by the preteen action heroine, admit they also like the idea of a strong female character taking charge on screen.
Then there’s the age of Hit Girl, 10 in the graphic novel, 11 in the movie. The now 13 year old actress who plays her says because the film’s rated R, her parents wouldn’t allow her to see it.
I have seen it, can understand both sides of the arguments raging about it, but would strongly caution parents to keep their preteens (boys as well as girls) away from it. I write that as a fan of action movies who, like film critic Roger Ebert, was disturbed by scenes showing that 11 year old girl taking punches and kicks from an adult man.
But some fans of the movie insist Ebert and others raising that issue should lighten up.
One thing’s almost certain: I think there’ll be a lot of Hit Girls roaming neighborhoods looking for candy on October 31st, even though some of them may not be old enough to watch the character who inspired their costumes in action on the big screen.
What do you think? Share your opinion below, especially if you’ve seen the movie yourself.