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Linda Cook’s “Sequel Doesn’t Live Up to Original” Is Nothing but Plot Recap

In response to Linda Cook’s 412‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) 

http://qctimes.com/entertainment/movies/comedy-action-sequel-doesn-t-live-up-to-original/article_df103e75-3753-55c3-a57d-bc92befe3298.html

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Linda Cook’s “Comedy-action sequel doesn’t live up to original” is a sorry excuse for a review. It accomplishes very little more than a walk through the first two thirds of the film. Fans of criticism everywhere should be aware that there is none to be found here.

It’s difficult to find a justification for doesn’t live up to original‘s existence. It certainly doesn’t work as film criticism, a generous assessment of the work would still only find two sentences of anything that could be considered analysis, but it doesn’t even work as summary.

The writing is so detached, so devoid of passion, and so aimless, that audiences are more likely to feel disorientation over any other emotion or sensation. The familiar beats of the film review never come in. Doesn’t live up to original feels stuck in a weird gear where nothing matters.

The eventual non-climax of the review is undoubtedly one of the most disappointing performances in recent memory. Many readers will be worrying that they’re actually reading a plot synopsis and fully expect the words to completely detail the film’s finale. Instead, quite unexpectedly, the review shifts from the story’s details to sequel speculation.

In a pitiful attempt to bring this tangent back full circle, Cook gives her first and only critique of the film’s cast. Unsurprisingly, it’s as uninspired as the rest of the review. This half-baked and hollow piece has no business claiming “Review: KICK-ASS 2” or “Dumb-Ass: The Sequel” as its peers.  
   

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