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Ed Whitfield’s “FILM REVIEW: THOR—THE DARK WORLD” Is Refreshingly Wry

In response to Ed Whitfield’s 597‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on The Ooh Tray

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There’s been a surprising lack of wryness in the reviews of Thor: The Dark World thus far, something Ed Whitfield is hell bent on rectifying in his “FILM REVIEW: THOR—THE DARK WORLD.”

Thank the gods of Asgard.

Whitfield’s piece is dripping with droll humor of the highest order (the so-subtle-you-may-miss-it variety that the Brits pull off so well). He wastes no time, showing his acerbic cards in the first paragraph by taking a swipe at the titular hero “whose musculature is inversely proportional to the depth of his personality” and “must save the universe from a few ancient plot devices.”

Whitfield maintains that deliciously mordant tone throughout, but never lets it become an excuse to not offer critique of the film. Nor does he fill space by needlessly rehashing the plot. This is a critic who’s comfortable exploring his opinions and fleshing them out into fully realized characters.

As a result, the review can feel a bit dense in places and readers may find themselves rereading sentences. That’s okay. This is material worth exploring twice.

The piece could have used some proofreading. There are a handful of typos and a run-on sentence or two, both unforgivable offenses on a site which prides itself on great writing.  

No matter. These couple missteps aren’t enough to take this one off the must read list.    

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