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John Beifuss (Maybe?) Loses “Kick-Ass 2” in a Bog of Word-Fill and a Ocean of Text

In response to John Beifuss’s 201‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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The editors of Go Memphis have created a treasure trove of random writings in their “Now Showing” section. The readers of Go Memphis must be contemplative, analytical, and socially responsible pirates, looking for booty in the far reaches of the treacherous, dense and boggy ocean that the pleasant review has been buried in.

For anyone who isn’t a treasure-seeker, or maybe anyone who isn’t looking for a part-time job, here is a map: the goods are between the paragraph/fragment “Barlett 10” and the one beginning with “CinePlanet 16.” Sadly, this only narrows it down to about 10 potential spots.

The critique of “Kick-Ass 2” focuses heavily on plot, normally a downfall for a review. It actually works well for it in this case. Whoever wrote it (hopefully) understands the banality and pointlessness of exploring the ethics and personal morals—for the actors, the director, and the viewer—in a film that purportedly attacks and misuses those ideals for comedy.

However, he/she counteracts the word-filler with conflict-less overview of what happens, and essentially portrays the negative regard towards the film, which was the point in the first place. The critique is well-written in the sense that the writer can put ideas to words, but the transformation is futile when those ideas don’t reflect a quality review.

Definitely not worth the odyssey it takes to actually find the small section that it occupies in a massive, oceania of screen space.    

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