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The Art of Kickass
by Mike Tuck



Now playing in Theatres everywhere



Forget a day out at the Tate Modern and go and see Kickass.  You will see more Hirsts, Warhols and Rothkos than you can shake a superhero at. Precisely what made the makers of Kick-ass – a beguiling film about a teenage would-be super hero who bites off more than he can chew – structure the final fight scene around a collection of some of the most valuable 20th century artworks known to man, is frankly beyond me. But they did and it’s hilarious.  As the final showdown is about to commence, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) hides behind the refrigerated display case of a Mark Quinn’s Self (a frozen head made of the artist’s own blood) that sits right in front of the elevator doors in D'Amico's penthouse. As the scene continues in a rolling fight through a corridor of the villain’s residence, the heroes emerge through a door framed by two matching Warhol revolver silk screens –bang! The final room, containing two Rothko’s and a Hirst dot painting is eventually consumed in Gatling gun fire and flames – boom! The only thing missing is a Lichtenstein to come full circle – pow!

No doubt some enterprising movie critic can provide a narrative for the inclusion of these works  in the plot – but I say just sit back and enjoy. Although if you have any enterprising explanations/theories then do drop me a line.

-- Mike Tuck

Posted by Mike Tuck on 4/25/10

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