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Roger Moore’s “Movie Review: ‘Kick Ass 2’ Doesn’t” Is a Confusing Mess of Words

In response to Roger Moore’s 600‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Either film critic Roger Moore doesn’t care, or he has a terrible editor. Those are the only two possible explanations for the layout of Moore’s “Movie Review: ‘Kick Ass 2 doesn’t.” Let’s start with the one good thing about the review, just as Moore did: the title. I love a pithy title on a review and Moore’s is a clever sucker punch to the sternum. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there.

What happened to the paragraphs? Why are they not either spaced apart or indented? I’d take either of those two options, but the third option of just putting everything in a jumbled mass of text is no good. No good at all.

What does Moore have to say about his subject? I understand from the title that he was not impressed by it, but why? Maybe there’s a compelling argument in there somewhere, but my brain could not process it in the midst of all that textual clutter.

Interestingly, there was one space between line breaks in the middle of the review. Obviously Moore and/or his editor know that the space is an available tool. It is absolutely mind-boggling, then, that they only did it once the whole time. Maybe some day a writer’s cut of this review will be made available where it flows well and makes sense. In its current form however, it earns a strong recommendation of DON’T READ IT.    

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