the very first scene in the film is a badass brawl between tristan (jackson) and the titular king of stormhold (mark strong) in the middle of a field. the contrast between the professional stunt performers and the amateur actors playing the baddies is pretty much the perfect way to capture the difference between people who know how to fight and people who don't. adam howe
this is one of my favorite action scenes in all of the movies i've seen, because you see it in a number of different ways - as a stuntman, as a practical effect, as a fight between 2 actors, as a fight between 2 performers. and then, at the end, tristan gets to fight the other one himself. it's a perfect way to pull a joke on the audience and make you believe that, for once, tristan is going to win the fight - then he fights the king himself. it's a funny, powerful, and satisfying ending to the scene. danielle macdonald
this is one of the better action scenes, in my opinion. the action is well choreographed and tightly written. when the plot allows, the action takes place in locations that are interesting, and you can clearly see the effects of the magic. it was fun to watch, and the character interactions were well written.
if the film has any regrets, it is that it has so little time for its own 'fantasy' elements, and instead spends it all on the action. while a few scenes that fall outside the action sequence are interesting, they feel like they were left out to make the running time tighter. if anything, kickass is a testament to cinema that could be much, much longer. a five hour movie about one man killing the living dead? sure.