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vaughn gives us two established actors whove managed to tread a similar path in the mainstream. weve all seen a star actor (like jackson) slowly grow into a mega-stardom by delivering a few consistent good performances in movies like the fugitive, pulp fiction, and get shorty. but there comes a point where theres no more room to grow, and thats when your character becomes larger than the movie itself, and theres no better example than the character of john shaft in the john singleton-directed shaft. (or the character of ansel elgort in 20th century foxs elle.) and the same thing happens with jackson, whose character, frank moses, is essentially the john shaft of this film. whereas john shaft was a world-weary, cynical man who was only fit to fight crime, frank moses is a world-weary, cynical man who gets to fight crime. except when he doesnt. and theyre so similar, its astonishing.
that transformation of jackson into the world-weary, world-ending frank moses is clear from his first few minutes on screen. his character, frank, is so close to the character of john shaft that it takes a moment for us to realize that he isnt the same person. and he always will be a little different. and thats how an actors performance can still seem like an entirely new role, even after theyve become one of the most recognizable stars in the world. but jackson has reached that point, and its clear that thisis the role he was born to play. its fitting that he originally expressed hes interest in playing moses by saying that hes been playing frank for years. (and thats probably true.) its less than a year after this film was made that we were introduced to the world of marvels the avengers, where the very same jackson was playing nick fury, agent of shield. and while the two characters have little in common, they both share the same flavor of ass-kicking, cynical, world-weary loner badassery.
the very first scene in the film is a badass brawl between tristan (jackson) and the titular king of stormhold (mark strong) in the middle of a field. the contrast between the professional stunt performers and the amateur actors playing the baddies is pretty much the perfect way to capture the difference between people who know how to fight and people who don’t. adam howe
this is one of my favorite action scenes in all of the movies i’ve seen, because you see it in a number of different ways – as a stuntman, as a practical effect, as a fight between 2 actors, as a fight between 2 performers. and then, at the end, tristan gets to fight the other one himself. it’s a perfect way to pull a joke on the audience and make you believe that, for once, tristan is going to win the fight – then he fights the king himself. it’s a funny, powerful, and satisfying ending to the scene. danielle macdonald
this is one of the better action scenes, in my opinion. the action is well choreographed and tightly written. when the plot allows, the action takes place in locations that are interesting, and you can clearly see the effects of the magic. it was fun to watch, and the character interactions were well written.
if the film has any regrets, it is that it has so little time for its own ‘fantasy’ elements, and instead spends it all on the action. while a few scenes that fall outside the action sequence are interesting, they feel like they were left out to make the running time tighter. if anything, kickass is a testament to cinema that could be much, much longer. a five hour movie about one man killing the living dead? sure.