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Luke Y. Thompson’s “Fanboy Flick Pick” Is a Well-Reasoned Critique From a Fanboy Perspective

In response to Luke Y. Thompson’s 979‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Topless Robot

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In “Fanboy Flick Pick: Kick-Ass 2 Succumbs to Sequel Slumpage,” critic Luke Y. Thompson proves himself to have the knowledge of a fanboy without the blind adoration. Thompson briefly praises the independent, “big middle finger to the safe” spirit of the original Kick-Ass before using that as a jumping off point to explain how that spirit is entirely missing in the sequel.

In doing so, he avoids several of the pitfalls of the Kick-Ass 2 sub-genre of movie reviews, chief among them the tendency of some writers to over-moralize rather than provide real criticism.

The only time Thompson stumbles is when he questions whether Jim Carrey’s limited screen time might be a retaliatory measure for his refusal to promote the movie. This betrays a lack of understanding about the movie publicity cycle, as the film was already well “in the bag” before Carrey turned on it.

Another flaw with the review is that it is broken up into two parts for no apparent reason other than to maximize profit potential. This is unfortunate, but it was also probably out of Thompson’s control.

Thompson reveals enough of the plot to make some points about why it doesn‘t quite work while at the same time not spoiling any of the major plot points. He deftly weaves between analysis and opinion to provide a clear picture of the quality of the movie. It’s clear by the end that his opinion of Kick-Ass 2 is not particularly high, but not for a lack of trying.    

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