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Tom Jorgenson’s “The World’s End” Appeals to the Light in Mind

In response to Todd Jorgenson’s 390‑word review of The World's End on

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From the first line of “The World’s End,” Jorgenson proves his prowess in both snappy dialogue and writing a decent critique.

His greatest strength is summarizing. When Jorgenson describes a movie, he hardly dawdles with opinion besides the scattered snarky comment but instead delves into the logistics—the actors, the plot line, and what a reader should expect from it—without droning on about that one time when he saw a movie with that actor in it.

He understands that most of the readers don’t come for the biographical content. They are drawn to the film itself, and for whatever reason, want an opinion on it. He delivers it in a neat box and smiles, catching the bus before one can stumble through a “thanks” and hand him five bucks.

That being said, he does display some lighthearted affection for the actors. Perhaps this affects his bias to some extent, but none in a crippling way. If anything, it exemplifies his taste as distinct from other critics and allows the reader to discern whether or not he shares similar opinions to his, and if his are suitable for them to compare with.

One does not read this review for the intensity, nor the length—for both are quite mild. Rather, it is to be surveyed for its bluntness, its honesty—its clarity that one rarely sees in a review.

Readers who wish that articles delved into the point quicker will express delight in this article, while others might find it dry. It depends, as aforementioned, on the taste.    

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