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Tony Hicks “Review: ’Kick-Ass 2’ Lacks the Kick…” Is Serviceable but Overly Nostalgic

In response to Tony Hicks’s 593‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on San Jose Mercury News

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Tony Hicks broadcasts his intentions from the outset, even placing in the title “Review: ‘Kick-Ass 2’ lacks the kick of the original” an example of the comparisons that will fill his review. Hicks never really takes Kick-Ass 2 up on its merits. Like an annoying parent, he simply repeats ad nauseam “Why can’t you be more like your older brother?”

The inability to take the movie up on its own merits is a tragic mistake on Hicks’ part. His writing clearly hints at a wealth of talent that goes to waste here. For every point of the movie he chooses to explore, he inevitably compares it, usually unfavorably, to the film’s predecessor.

To make matters worse, Hicks doesn’t seem to know where to draw the line when describing character arcs. He discusses multiple characters and their respective journeys during lacks the kick. The ones he likes best, he spoils. Its a confusing approach that leaves the audience cold.

The presentation of the review is also lacking. The text is forced to snake around gaudy advertisements placed within it. The placement is too obvious to be tasteful and the ads are too big to be anything but distracting. There is also a trailer embedded in the review, right in the middle, in case you can’t read Hicks words anymore. At least the trailer doesn’t mention Kick-Ass a single time.    

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