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Teddy Durgin’s “Dark World” Is a Sweet Email From Your Dad

In response to Teddy Durgin’s 845‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Screen It!

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Teddy Durgin’s “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” review reads like an email written by your Dad. It’s too long, way too detailed, and full of mild oaths like “pretty darn good!” and “freakin’!” Yet it’s just those little things make it quaint somehow.

Readers will roll their eyes at times, but THOR: TDW has some chuckle-worthy moments that help save it from immediate dismissal.

THOR: TDW opens up with the reminiscences of a childhood couched in superhero literature: the desire to scale walls like Spider-Man. A young one’s envy of the cave, cars, and cash Bruce Wayne has at his disposal. Thor remained an enigma to wee Teddy, but all-grown-up Teddy’s experience of the character is full of admiration.

Durgin’s review, personal and chatty, is far from schlock (although some readers may deride it as such). It’s not conventional analysis, though. It’s a plot-heavy reconstruction of the superhero flick through the eyes of a onetime child, familiar to any adult son or daughter whose entertainment experiences have little in common with their parents’.

In turns, THOR: TDW is sentimental, corny, perceptive and then imperceptive, but it’s still an entertaining romp. When the storyteller finishes—and Durgin is a storyteller more than a reviewer, as it turns out—he’s once again a twelve-year-old. This time, he has an oversized hammer, a winged helmet, and a settle to score against the enemies of Asgard.

Durgin’s THOR: TDW is no masterpiece. But it’s entertaining—and its warm friendliness may make you want to call your old man.    

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