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Michael Sauter’s “Film Review: Kick-Ass 2” Makes the Case That Lightning Hasn’t Struck Twice

In response to Michael Sauter’s 1099‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on Film Journal International

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In “Film Review: Kick-Ass 2,” Michael Sauter makes an effective case for why the sequel to Kick-Ass falls short of the original. By examining how the characters have grown (literally), the violence has intensified, and the tone has become a bit more uneven, Sauter proves he knows what makes one movie work and not the other.

Clocking in at nearly 1,100 words, one might expect “Film Review” to be bloated and unfocused, but it is quite the opposite. The text flows from paragraph to paragraph, with each break signaling the beginning of a new and salient point. Only occasionally does Sauter dip into the well of plot regurgitation, instead choosing to touch on the highs and lows of Kick-Ass 2 and form a picture of how the latter outweighs the former.

Could Sauter have made his point in less space? Perhaps. But other writers have said less with higher word counts. That Sauter manages to keep his reader’s attention through the entirety of his review is a testament to his writing ability.

“Film Review” is also blessedly free of grammatical or typographical errors, a trait sorely lacking in less professional reviews. At the same time, it is not stuffy or pretentious like the works being produced by some of the more prestigious publications. Sauter finds a happy middle ground between brevity and excess, making “Film Review: Kick-Ass 2” a thoroughly pleasant read.    

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