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Rich Cline Shows Improvement in “Thor: The Dark World”

In response to Rich Cline’s 380‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Shadows on the Wall

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Rich Cline’s work has been much maligned by this publication in the past for displaying those all-too-familiar signs of laziness as a critic and lethargy as a writer.

Is it wishful thinking to say that Existimatum may have played a part in the improved work of Mr. Cline? Perhaps, but don’t ruin the fun.

Whatever the cause, Cline has stepped up his game. The writing is solid and mostly free from grammatical errors and awkward phrasing. The review is well structured; Cline gives readers a quick take on the film, then moves on to a blessedly short recap before launching into his fairly insightful analysis.

Cline offers great criticism of a film that “plays out with such breathless pace that we barely notice the wild tonal shifts, brutal violence and over-crowded cast.” Cline conjures some great images, comparing the final act of The Dark World to “watching Time Bandits on fast forward.”

Unfortunately, Cline’s good work is dragged down by a website that looks like Satan’s excrement after eating Hitler’s chili. The site’s visuals are so horrible, they’re distracting.

Still, if you can take the ugly surroundings, Cline’s crafted a well written, thoughtful piece that’s well worth your time and attention.    

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