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Vince Mancini’s “Review: Kick-Ass 2” Breaks the Rules

In response to Vincent Mancini’s 852‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on FilmDrunk 

http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2013/08/kick-ass-2-review-maybe-jim-carrey-was-right

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Vince Mancini’s “Review: Kick-Ass 2” starts with a rhetorical question about films, sequels, and how the film under his microscope became a “weird sh*tty super hero movie. “ 

In attempting to unpack the films thousand and one flaws, and its handful of redeeming features, Mancini mirrors the art that he hates. The review is snide, full of pop culture quips and insider gags, that it’s a wonder anyone who isn’t Mancini will understand why he chose to deal with what he deems a pointless movie at all.

At the same time, Mancini admits to being engrossed in the film, so as a tool for the suspension of disbelief it works. There are moments of levity throughout Review: Kick- such as when the condemnation turns to praise for the cinematography and the talent in the film. It’s almost as if Mancini feels awful for being suckered into actually enjoying the film, and is trying to make up for it by venting his spleen about it’s seductive powers with loud claims of its pointlessness.  

Mancini stitched together a quilt of the films themes and then mistakes an exclamation point for a question mark. Indeed, it is evident that Mancini suffers from Ray Bradbury Excititus: the inability to stop using exclamation points, even when their repetitive use destroys their collective value.  

There is no real edge to Mancini’s critique, and by the time it ends, the question remains: was their a point to this review (or, as Mancini would put it, “is there a point to this review!”)   

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