After Ebert’s less than enthusiastic review of Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass, I was both anxious and a little nervous to see the film. I like Roger Ebert, and I respect his opinion. It wasn’t luck that brought him to the status of Senior Film Critic in Chief. But I read the books, and I loved them, and I loved them for the things that Ebert found so disturbing. The absurdity and the violence. The pure extremism of this entire scenario, and Mark Millar‘s through line that somehow keeps the thing from going too far. It follows then that I should like the movie, with the two interpretations arriving so near one another, and Millar Executive Producing. But there is a difference. A few in fact, and it’s these differences that, on occasion, distort Kick-Ass the movie from silly entertainment into something dramatic, and intense, and on occasion, not particularly fun to watch.