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Means “Movie Review: ’Kick-Ass 2’… Is Weak

In response to Sean Means’s 309‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Salt Lake Tribune 

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/56735057-223/violence-ass-kick-dave.html.csp

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Some reviews are magic, and then there’s  “Movie review: ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Decries Violence, then Revels in It.” Sean Means latest creation offers a comic book movie thesis that can be succinctly put as: they need to be logical, without inconsistencies. This is dangerous territory for Means, as he risks at any moment to paint himself into a corner. By the end of the review, he most definitely has.

Almost out of spite, the review gives a capsule plot review, complete with fair warning that the villain’s name is unprintable by Means’ superiors, a dash of comic book knowledge and history, and the true punchline: that Means’ doesn’t much care for violence being treated lightly.

Such disdain, while normal, begs the question of why one would go to see a movie… based on a violent, ironic comic book. Means seems so disaffected by his subject matter that it makes him quite a poor guide for the average movie review reader. Whatever hopes and dreams Means wished to find were denied in the actual film he saw.

Decries Violence spends too much time focusing on Jim Carrey, who distanced himself from the movie after the Sandy Hook Masaccre, allowing his poorly held convictions and arguments to have a gravitas that, on first blush, they cannot have.  

It’s an astounding amount of righteousness for 213 words. Perhaps Means feels his reviews are, like the heroes he detests, righting wrongs. In a case of life imitating art, Means misses the mark as badly as he claims  Kick-Ass 2 did.    

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