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Luke Y. Thompson’s “Fanboy Flick Pick: Thor” Is Subversive Superhero Fun

In response to Luke Y. Thompson’s 1016‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Topless Robot

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Do rape jokes have a place in film criticism? That is a question better left to the conservators of political correctness. The more crucial question here is whether or not they can be funny.

Yes. Yes they can.

Luke Y. Thompson throws some hilarious curveballs in “Fanboy Flick Pick:  Thor: The Dark World’s Familiarity Breeds Complacence.” One of which is the aforementioned bound-to-be-controversial joke, which—without spoiling it—centers around the rather laughable appearance of one of the main characters in Thor: The Dark World.

Thompson’s review is long enough that it had damn well better be entertaining to read, and he does not disappoint in that regard. There’s a real sense of humor to the review that makes it come alive and be truly entertaining rather than just another run-of-the-mill superhero movie review.

There are pop culture references aplenty, not just to other movies in the Marvel superhero canon but also to outside influences like the video game Portal. Frankly, it’s refreshing to see a film reviewer whose pop culture knowledge extends beyond the bounds of the cinema screen.

And they’re not just references for references’ sake, either. They are fully integrated into the review, rather than being just a look-how-clever-I-am afterthought, and they ultimately enhance the experience.

Thompson is in top form with Fanboy Flick Pick: Thor, and it is a must-read for fans of the genre. It has action, humor, occasional discussion of romance, and most importantly it is thoroughly entertaining for even the most jaded readers of superhero movie reviews.    

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