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Oliver Lyttelton’s Burly “Thor” Is Sure to Please Fans

In response to Oliver Lyttelton’s 1037‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on The Playlist

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Oliver Lyttelton’s “Review: Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston” is as solid as they come. There’s a ton of meat on these bones as Lyttelton does away with recapping and summarizing the plot to death (as is the wont of other, lazier critics), instead devoting the majority of his hefty review to actual critique.  

Lyttelton’s observations are right on the money, offering a perfect encapsulation of the Marvel franchise: “… these films are increasingly feeling like episodes of TV shows or, perhaps more appropriately, issues of comic books… this ultimately boils down to yet another quest to find a magical MacGuffin that will stop a portal in the sky from opening.”

The writing is snappy and amiable, without being so light that it sacrifices the critical tone. When Lyttelton hits his stride it’s a thing of beauty to witness. Though this is a sizable review, the reader won’t feel it. He deftly manages to keep several plates spinning simultaneously with the ease of a seasoned veteran, keeping the pace brisk, the humor fresh, and critique bold.

This one will please film buffs and fanboys alike with its attention to detail, solid prose, and substantial critique.    

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