My first reaction to this trailer was to say to myself:
“Who the fuck made a movie about my dad without his consent?”
I’m not even kidding.
My dad might not be Mexican, or look at all like Danny Trejo for that matter, but if you were to throw a camo jacket on him, and put him on a bus, chances are the events of this trailer would inevitably play out, in real life; and likely with twice as many fist fights.
Speaking of Danny Trejo, I’m happy to see him finally get some leading roles at this late stage in his career.
Typically a typecast supporting actor, my dad and I used to have a joke about Mr. Trejo, namely the fact that he seemed to die in every movie we saw him in.
Thankfully, someone else took the time to assemble this, a nearly 4 minute compilation of every Trejo death in all of cinema:
When I was a kid, my friends and I knew him as “That Guy,” but somewhere down the line, through his many epic onscreen deaths; he earned the greatest honor any bit actor can hope to achieve:
That of making his name known to the general public.
While Bad Ass does in fact look bad ass, in a less extreme/stylized Hobo With a Shotgun sort of way, the whole “based on a true story” thing has got me a little confused.
I mean, it’s made fairly clear that the concept of the movie is taken from this:
The rest of the movie however, is undoubtedly bullshit.
That’s necessarily a bad thing, I just don’t get why they’d bother to base a movie on a well-known incident, only to go ahead and fictionalize the rest of the story.
“Inspired by” likely would’ve been the proper turn of phrase.
Also, I hate to say it, ’cause it’s so fuckin’ obvious that it makes me sound like a simpleton for mentioning it, but both the title and the concept feel a little to close to Kick-Ass if you ask me.
Then again, I’m not a Hollywood marketing rep that stares at market research data all day, so maybe those similarities are exactly what is going to make the movie bankable.
Even so, the lack of humor/heart in the trailer lead me to believe even that won’t save it.
That being said, the movie honestly doesn’t look all that worthwhile, outside of the punching I mean, though I’d be curious to see how my dad would react to it.
My guess is he’d find a tad more relatable than he’d care to admit…