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Laura Clifford’s “Kick-Ass 2” Review Is a Relic of a Bygone Era

In response to Laura Clifford’s 669‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Reeling Reviews

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If you were around in the mid-to late-nineties and remember when amateur web pages abounded on sites like GeoCities and Angelfire, then you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled out of a time machine when you see Laura Clifford’s “Kick-Ass 2” on Reeling Reviews. From the tiled background to the simplistic layout to the amateurish content it contains, this review might be considered retro chic if it displayed even a hint of self-awareness.

Clifford seems interested in just one aspect of her subject: that it is “morally repugnant.” Is the plot cohesive? Is the dialogue witty? Are the action sequences well choreographed? You won’t find out by reading this review.

What you get instead is a rehashing of the plot mixed with an unwavering sense of moral superiority. There’s also some occasionally baffling wording.“The film,” Clifford writes at one point, *meta-spoiler alert* “uses some really brutal violence for kicks without having any tonal realization of dark humor.” That sentence could use some editorial realization of clear syntax.

The amateurish appearance of the web page that Clifford’s Kick-Ass 2 review appears on could be forgiven if the review itself were of exceptional quality, but unfortunately that is just not the case. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, or a movie review by the low-resolution tiled background image behind it. Unless you’re feeling nostalgic for a glimpse at web design’s distant past, steer clear of this one.    

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