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James Berardinelli’s “Kick-Ass 2” Is Not a Game Changer

In response to James Berardinelli’s 1000‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on ReelViews

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In James Berardinelli’s “Kick-Ass 2,” a conversational tone and gentle voice roll the audience through a sub—standard review. He does get high marks, however, for using “ubiquitous” in a review of a super hero film.  

After this strong start, however, the road darkens into mediocrity. There is the requisite disdain of super hero films, a pining for the first Kick-Ass film, a minor nugget of thought on why the sequel failed to be as neat as the origin story. Still, the use of “quandary”, “meandering”, and “meta” help anchor the point that Beradinelli has a thesaurus and is not afraid to use it.

A ramshackle review of the plot  is then unleashed, including what appears to be a misread of the Hit Girl plot (every other review notes she gives up being Hit Girl: Not Beraldinelli! Perhaps he was watching the first one on his iPhone while the sequel was on, though he eventually straightens this out two paragraphs later.)  

Beraldinelli lets his momentum take the review straight into a Dark Knight comparison—it’s the usual “are they going to far with violence?” argument—but Berardinelli does have some insight on where and how the comedy fails.   

Kick-Ass 2 makes some intriguing points, mostly on the subject of villains, that never get developed beyond their introduction, and it eventually collapses into the usual round up of “the movie does some things right” sub sections, followed by the re-entrenched notion that “it can’t be a parody if I didn’t get the joke.”

It’s a review that does not achieve it’s potential and will leave a very unpleasant aftertaste.    

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