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Chris Hewitt’s “Never Has to Hammer” Focuses on Unexpected Fun

In response to Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)’s 452‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The picture accompanying Chris Hewitt’s “Thor: The Dark World’ review: Superhero Succeeds Because He Never Has to Hammer Away at Superheroics” sets the tongue in cheek tone for the review.  Thor stands amidst battle and poised to strike—with ludicrously over-sized and fake looking hammer in hand.

Never Has To Hammer uses Thor’s giant phallus, i. e. hammer, to launch its insightful analysis. Hewitt is clearly amused at the quiet little side jokes and the way the filmmakers “are conscious of the ridiculousness of costumed crime fighters in our midst, and they are willing to play around with that ridiculousness.”

Readers might wish that he addressed the world shattering issue of how western culture, founded in and suffused with Judeo-Christian principles, reacts to the discovery that pagan Norse myths are actually, you know, real.  

Interestingly, Hewitt tacitly assigns blame for the movie’s failings—complicated plot, boring and stilted dialogue—on the script. He spares the director and actors; indeed, he credits the director for having the sense to break up the bang-bang action with a quip from the actors or humorous non-action scene.

Never Has To Hammer won’t offend fanboys or convince those completely uninterested in superhero movies, but it just might move a few people off that fence and into those movie theater seats.    

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