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William Bibbiani’s “Review: Kick-Ass 2” Is Just Confused

In response to William Bibbiani’s 1191‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on CraveOnline

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With a title like “Review: Kick Ass 2, ‘Just as Confused, Conflicted and Poorly Conceived as the Hero Himself,” there are no illusions about what William Bibbiani’s targets will be.

There’s the opening paragraph, which is a limp disdain for the assignment he’s undertaking, as the first film was below his taste threshold. The whole affair feels doomed from the outset.

Not to be outdone, the second paragraph appraises the premise as clever, but with tongue quite possibly within the cheek. If Bibbiani is being sincere here, then the review takes on a more interesting shape.

Paragraph four is a shock: Bibbiani approves of the promise of the premise realized in the sequel and the role of escalation. It’s a lot of build up, and the audience is bound to expect it to lead to something worthwhile.

But by paragraph five, we get the powerfully moving analysis that the film “sucks.” Much like the review itself. Art imitating life, or vice versa? It’s impossible to tell.  

Bibbiani’s command of the conversational review style fits his analysis, but leads to plodding appreciations and critique. The ping and pong of the movie’s message and the possible inverse of that message in the film’s glorification of violence acts as a hail mary play in this review that was headed toward the bottom of the tank.    

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