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Putman’s “Kick Ass 2 (2013)” Is Simultaneously Energetic and Monotonous

In response to Dustin Putman’s 1031‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on

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Dustin Putman’s “Kick-Ass 2 (2013)”’ is a bold attempt to stand out of the pack of reviews that absolutely despise this film. But his love of adverbs (“giddily subversive”?) come off as false, and the review suffers from bold assertions, the usual backpeddling admissions for enjoying Kick-Ass, and manly verbiage like “cult status” and “cranks the bloody beatings.”

The problem with any assault in reviews is monotony. Be it enthusiastic or apoplectic, monotony is awful reading. And so as the review unfolds with plot points, turn-arounds, and character intros, the magic of a review (the personality of the reviewer made manifest in its analysis of the art) depletes. The fact that there are two whole paragraphs of plot description further sucks the wind from the review’s sales and makes for listless reading.  

But Putman has not yet begun to review. There are character and actor analysis of Hit Girl and the villain, whose name defies repetition. There is a rare attack on Jim Carrey for not doing press to the film, an act Putman dismisses as “ignorant,” revealing that there may be a darker, subversive undercurrent hiding in this review somewhere. Finding that treasure, however, is no small feat.  

The review ends with more bon mots of thanks to the film that leave the review of this gorefest a little too sweet.    

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