Great when great, awkward when bad
It's hard to explain how I feel about the Kickassia saga, because when the series WORKS, it works very well. When it doesn't, it's somewhat awkward to watch. I will say this review is somewhat skewed towards the times it DIDN'T work, because they are more numerous. Plus, I'm limited to 400 words, which is painful for me.
The first anniversary special had a cast generally consisting of the more popular reviewers. In contrast, Kickassia feels populated with the lesser-known reviewers or characters. I have no proof of this, but I suspect that when many of the popular reviewers were unable to attend for this one, they had to 'make up the balance' with some of the more less-known reviewers. I would argue that this was a mistake; spending precious time on scenes with less-known reviewers rather than allocating that time to reviewers the audience knows and enjoys. It should come to little surprise that these lesser-known reviewers are more character-based, and wacky-character based at that.
Remember when I said that Kickassia can become awkward? Seeing someone with a marker-drawn six pack running in the desert really isn't funny. It's awkward to watch, because someone did that. Seeing a man with a camo-mask and a supersoaker pistol running around? Awkward to watch, not funny.
Paradoxically, the Cinema Snob (a newer contributer to the site) nearly single-handedly carries Kickassia. He doesn't play a wacky character with props or gimmicks. He's a normal man, played generally straight, without a major gimmick or blatant joke.
There's also the issue with setting. Even if the idea of invading a micro-nation is funny, the setting itself lends itself to locations where the cast and crew don't have a lot of control over the environment. As such, lighting is spotty, the outside environment was unpredictable and physically dangerous, and scenes obviously had to be acted in such a way that prevented violation of the available space.
I'm running short on words, so I can't talk a lot about what DID work (Spoony's transformation into Insano is truely one of the best things I've seen, bar none), but know this: ultimately, Kickassia does many things well, but tried to do so much in one sitting that it wound up diluting those good moments in much-more-common Moments Of Lesser Quality. Keep things simple. The Brawl proved that, in spades.
I agree with most of your points, and I do believe this is a fair review given the word limit we have (Grrrr). But I do believe that focusing on some of the smaller reviewers was good thing, Cinema Snob
, Sage, the Spoony One
, and NC were awesome and showed off a lot of legit acting skills. Some of the others may have been...iffy, but I think that without them it would've been missing a lot of the chaotic charm that made this series work.
I didn't enjoy some gags, but that doesn't mean they were bad, I don't like Santa Christ, so that was annoying I like Lord Kat, but this wasn't a chance to show off his actually decent sense of humor, Film Brain was awful, but it worked, you were supposed to hate the annoying little bastard. N Chick and Linkara were overused for stars of their caliber, Phelous continues to impress, and has definitely improved beyond "exasperated guy with corny jokes", Angry Joe
hit the sweet spot of use, not over or underusing their gimmicks. Marz Gurl
was almost a waste, though her presence, as well as Jew Wario (Who didn't impress), Paw (Who really did) and the Game Hero's guys were basically filler, though that's okay, because Red Shirts
were needed, even if it was just for background.
I must give severe props to Cinema Snob
for shooting up to my top three favorite reviewers with this performance. I used to think Sage was boring as fuck, and he still is during his actual reviews, but his comedic style
is expertly done. Spoony and N.Bison were phenomenal (like usual) and without them this would've tanked, I honestly believe that Hollywood needs to pick these guys up, they're loads better then most of the comedic actors that keep churning out crap year after year, and do it with less time, budget, crew, and prestige then the worst of Hollywood.
All in all, whether it worked or not, this was a good thing for the site, they should try to do more ambitious and creative things, they'll be producing their quality reviews, but allowing them to experiment is probably good for their souls, and for their income, I didn't love it completely, but I hope they try something like this again.
...and my all to long rambling is done.
24th May 10
6th Jul 10
17th Jul 10
I have to point out that the notion about guys running around with silly costumes and accessories was painful to watch makes absolutely no sense to me. It was supposed to be beyond silly, and while every costume managed to be funny, it was exactly the most over the top ones that did. It's pretty obvious to me they didn't take themselves too seriously and just had fun being goofy.
8th Aug 10
9th Aug 10
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2nd Nov 11
Late but adding onto Hyrin's point, these people are basically a family, they want to spend time together. They've said it themselves and show it well. This year for example, after Suburban Knights was finished, their missing each other was all over Twitter.
5th Nov 11
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