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Brian Orndorf’s “Thor: The Dark World” Is Weak With Greatness

In response to Brian Orndorf’s 970‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on

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First, make no mistake, Brian Orndorf is not related to the great pro wrestler Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorf. Second, he writes his reviews as if for the actual audience intended: action-addicted movie fans. This, as they say, is Wonderful!

The ridiculous plot is told straight, which is endearing. Orndorf has certainly done his homework and places Thor within the context of his own comic, his last movie, and the Avengers flick which a few billion people went to see last year. The change in the nature of action sequences, from brutal one on one confrontations to more gangland style mayhem, is refreshing; most of Orndorf’s colleagues have closed their eyes and see only blarghy fight after blarghy fight, and situates it within the context of the change in directors. It’s this comparative and embellished response that makes Orndorf stand out from the crowd.  

Sadly, where Orndorf needs to piledrive the film into submission is in critical analysis of failings. Thor gets off lightly, and the quick conclusion, which is fine as it stands, needs the punch the rest of the package produces.

That being said, Orndorf drops a valiant effort into the net, almost worthy of his grapple-tastic last name.    

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