Throughout the past few weeks of class, especially in relation to the Kitty Pryde discussion, we discussed the children characters within a comic book. Thinking back to 2010 when a movie came out with a very strong title: “Kick Ass”. One of the main characters within the Kick Ass movie is a 10 year old murderer of criminals. “Kick Ass” was originally a comic that came out in 2008, into 2010 it was adapted into a movie under the same title. Hit girl is the most emotionless, completely cut-throat (sometimes literally) character within both the movie and comic. Hit Girl’s mother was murdered by criminals and therefore her father, aka Big Daddy, allows her to fight alongside him avenging her mother’s death by killing many criminals.
Hit girl has been trained to kill, she has a keen interest in weapons and has much knowledge of them, and she is also a brutal fighter for being such a small child. Hit Girl is often described as handling death well, in one of the last scenes of the comic/movie, Kick Ass (the main character and crime fighter as well) tells Hit Girl that Big Daddy has been murdered to which she responds, “Finish the job, mourn later”. Hit Girl does not allow her emotions to get the best of her, but rather fights off any feelings that may occur for she attempts to keep a strong face throughout the hardships.
Hit Girl is very grown up for her young age. She is often times a very good killer for people do not expect someone so innocent and young to have the potential to kill without a second thought. One could argue that this is not an acceptable childhood and when the movie came out, church groups did just this, they protested the film for they believed it was child abuse to not only the character hit girl, but also to the young actor playing her. So now I pose the question to you all: Does this character Hit Girl make you uncomfortable? Or can you put her age and gender aside and see her as merely another comic book character?
I have attached two scenes the first is between Hit Girl and Big Daddy, wherein he teaches her the lesson of getting shot.
The second clip is a short snippet of Hit Girl in a fight scene.