Before we move forward, it's only fair that we take a look back at the 2010, the Year What Was...
Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass
Adam Barnett says:
Before I saw any comic-related movies, I had anticipated Iron Man 2 would walk away with the top spot. But there are two reasons it didn't: Kick-Ass was awesome, and Iron Man 2 was something of a letdown.
Since I'm probably going to get some dissenters in the comments, let me 'splain.
I didn't read the Kick-Ass mini prior to watching the movie. By the same token, I'm not a big Iron Man reader. So, I watched both movies with (as is often the case with most things in my life) no research done ahead of time.
Kick-Ass and Iron Man 2 both had great action sequences. Both were very well acted. In Kick-Ass, Chloe Moretz did an incredible job as the sweet-but-homicidal Hit Girl, while Nicolas Cage was clearly having the time of his life as Big Daddy. By the same token, Robert Downey Jr. did a fine job reprising his role as Tony Stark and Scarlett Johansson was an over-achieving standout as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2.
Where things split (and what made Kick-Ass a pleasant surprise and Iron Man 2 something of a letdown) was simply in the script. The first Iron Man was a lot of fun. It had humor, warmth, and a genuine sense of peril for the protagonist. In the second film, Tony Stark never really lost control of the situation and frankly, I was bored. It was a great exercise in CGI effects, to be sure, but the script of Iron Man 2 left me cold.
Conversely, the Kick-Ass movie actually had more characterization than the original source material. Yes, they should have left in the crucial info that (SPOILER ALERT) Big Daddy's origin was a total lie and he was really a bored accountant. But that notwithstanding, Kick-Ass was mesmerizing, while I actually nodded off during about fifteen minutes of Iron Man 2.