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Chris Nashawaty’s “Kick-Ass 2” Pops Up and Out

In response to Chris Nashawaty’s 388‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Entertainment Weekly,,20483133_20687883,00.html

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Chris Nashawaty’s “Kick Ass 2” suffers from a common plague in online reviews: annoying pop-ups. While not his fault, all readers suffer from being pocked in the eye before the words have a chance to work their magic. Even still, the review has three things that ruin it: a disdainful tone, a pretentious  sensibility about violence in film, and witless sense of polemics on what makes a good movie.

There’s a plot wrap up that pines for the older film, a synopsis of the main theme and goals of the current film, and then critiques the messy, blurry place the film takes on cartoon violence in the real world. His revulsion for the bad guy’s name speaks also to the limits of Nashawaty’s tolerance for the entire work of the film.

While lip service is paid to the original, something has changed in the sequel: as if growing up ruins things for Nashawaty. Cartoon violence in the hands of children was magic. When they grow up, it’s crossing a line. This inversion of morality is the glom from which the review emerges.

The disdain for the comic book plot for the comic book movie based on the comic book Kick-Ass is all the more perplexing. Some reviewers believe there’s a perfect film in every movie they review, and their critique acts a a mirror in which one can see its perfect form. Nashawaty’s review of Kick Ass -2 is of this ilk and leaves a righteous tone that is neither fair nor accurate.    

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