Ebiri: Kick-Ass 2 Is Even More of a Provocation Than the First Kick-Ass


For many viewers, Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 adaptation of Mark Millar’s aspirant teen superhero comic book Kick-Ass was a kind of litmus test for nihilism. Crossing grotesque violence with broad, goofy humor, and a corrosive journey of moral damnation with a standard-issue coming-of-age tale, it seemed like the last word in ironic cynicism. Still, if you could accept its unholy crossing of the pop-culture streams, Kick-Ass worked as a kind of mad teen opera — taking you to some truly dark places in a way that the average superhero flick never dared.  Of course, that was before the massacres in Tucson, and Aurora, and Newtown. But it was not before the massacres in Columbine, Virginia Tech, and elsewhere; Kick-Ass 2 isn’t being released into a culture any more or less violent than the one that received the first Kick-Ass. But it is a culture that, for some good reasons, is more sensitive about such things.  Read More...



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