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Leonard Maltin Ho-Hums His Way Through “Thor: The Dark World”

In response to Leonard Maltin’s 290‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Leonard Maltin's Picks

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You don’t even need hands to count the number of cares Leonard Maltin gives in “Thor: The Dark World,” his review of the newest entry in the juggernaut Marvel franchise. In case you’re counting at home, it’s exactly zero.

Maltin checks his watch repeatedly throughout the review, seemingly anxious to get this mess over with so he can kick back and watch reruns of Honey Boo Boo. Okay, maybe he doesn’t watch child abuse reality TV, but there’s something Maltin would rather be doing than reviewing another super hero flick and it shows.

His apathy is so palpable, it almost becomes another character in the review. His sentences practically yawn, and, even at their most excited, they slouch like scurvy victims.

His indifference is understandable; a bombastic movie about a flying man who wields a hammer and his pseudo Shakespearian family isn’t exactly in Maltin’s wheelhouse. As a critic, though, it is his sacred  and time honored obligation to care, even when he doesn’t.

Apathy for the film is one thing—that’s his opinion—but apathy for his craft is an unforgivable offense.

Readers look to Maltin for guidance and context, neither of which is on the menu here.

Check, please.    

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