Friday, May 31, 2013
Kickassia (2010) Review
"Hello, I'm not the Nostalgia Critic. Please remember it so I don't have to!"
Well, well, well. What have we here? Kickassia is a 2010 anniversary special celebrating That Guy With The Glasses. TGWTG is a site featuring a large group of critics and reviewers who have become highly successful in the past few years and now felt strong enough to make a movie themselves. The protagonist of Kickassia is that guy with the glasses a.k.a. the Nostalgia Critic(Doug Walker) himself as he decides to conquer the micronation of Molossia(located in Nevada) with the help of his reluctant friends. Molossia is only defended by its president, Kevin Baugh(played by Kevin Baugh) and the Critic's ego leads him to attack the nation with fellow reviewers.
In Molossia, the Critic leads the reviewers to a successful, though bizarre victory and takes over the new nation Kickassia as its president. Things soon fall apart Lord of the Flies-style however, as the Nostalgia Critic's ego leads him to dictatorship and insanity.
Even though it's definitely an unusual film, Kickassia is enjoyable and flooded(possibly even overflooded) with familiar pranks and jokes that any pop culture geek would recognize. The character of the Nostalgia Critic is particularly enjoyable as he mocks countless villains from countless movies to hilarious effect.
Other fun characters are Linkara(known for reviewing comic books) who has a fun time trying to be the only sensible person amongst a group of madmen and Angry Joe as the gun-obsessed maniac who believes in a "stupid plan for a stupid man".
The movie's pacing is a small issue as it starts off rather intensely with the critics attacking and defeating Molossia and then just goes real slow with the breakdown of the new country and finally picks up again when Dr. Insano(you read it right) goes to kill the Critic with SCIENCE.
The camera work, editing and the music are very good and spectacular. The soundtrack is naturally composed of music we've all heard before and will all hear again.
The acting at some points wasn't that great as reviewers aren't really professional actors in my opinion, no matter if they consider themselves characters or not. Also, several of the critics in this are underused and sort of become like the dwarves in Thorin's Company.
Finally, I did not like the ending. I thought it was rushed and unfunny. It was natural of course, but too sudden.
I haven't seen any other of TGWTG movies yet nor do I really want to, but this one was pretty good. Kudos goes to Doug Walker and all other participants of KICKASSIA!!!
"I'm not the Nostalgia Critic, you remember it so I don't have to!"