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Joe Neumaier Is Not Amused in “‘Kick-Ass 2’: Movie Review”

In response to Joe Neumaier’s 361‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on New York Daily News

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Joe Neumaier is almost certainly not the target audience for Kick-Ass 2 as his “‘Kick-Ass 2’: Movie review” reveals time and time again. At four separate points, Neumaier refers to comic books and their related offspring sounding like an orphan boy in the rain, looking inside a large living room window at a warm happy family enjoying a home-cooked dinner by candlelight. He can see other people enjoying themselves, but he himself has no part of it.

His outsider perspective fails to introduce anything new to the conversation. His review reads like a checklist of the most obvious aspects of Kick-Ass 2 one could possibly mention.

Jim Carrey refused to promote the film-check

Relation to 2010’s Kick-Ass-check

Employ the word “fanboys”-check

It’s all been done before and much more artfully than its done here.

Once Neumaier begins discussing the plot, his words drip with disdain. Instead of establishing a limited premise, he describes certain developments that make the movie feel entirely pointless. One gets the impression that the entire affair is simply a building up to one giant scene, and that everything the movie does to get there is throw-away. It makes for a rather unpleasant reading experience. What’s worse is that the average reader won’t be able to tell whether or not these impressions were Neumaier’s intentions or not. This lack of clarity is the reviews biggest shortcoming.    

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