So, I made the mistake of watching’ Kickass 2′ not so long ago, and…  I am not a fan.  With’s its clear overtones of gang warfare, over-reliance on profanity, coincidence and cliché, the movie succeeded in doing what I considered unthinkable: It was actually goofier than the goofy comic it was adapting.  A story that tries SOOOO hard to be edgy and adult almost has no choice but to come across as juvenile posing, including a character shouting “It’s not a comic book!” during the climax.  Even the novelty of seeing a twelve-year old fighting and f-bombing was negated by the actress’ being clearly 17-ish during the filming, with the whole experience best described as “tiresome.”  Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with grimdark realism, adult language and content in the abstract, but only when motivated, which leads us to today’s farcical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) found the comic series to be the breaking point in his affair with the writing of Mark Millar, as well, asking: Which of your favorite pop culture stories ends up being marred by too much grim and gritty realism?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Almost too many of the movies adapting comics or animation. Let’s just say I’d rather watch Batman: Ninja than any of the Nolan movies.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    The most recent Muppet TV show brought everything down for me with its use of “The Office” style characterization. The self-centered nasty infighting and adult relationships were antithetical to the optimistic and wondrous tone that Henson established for those characters.

    • Agreed. The last really good Muppet show was Muppet’s Tonight. In some respects, I wish Henson Productions did not sell the Muppets to Disney. I don’t think Disney knows what to do with them.

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