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Owen Gleiberman Makes Thorough Analysis Disappear in “Thor: The Dark World”

In response to Owen Gleiberman’s 511‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Entertainment Weekly,,20483133_20721958,00.html

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Readers will be thrilled by Owen Gleiberman’s ability to make comprehensive critique disappear in “Thor: The Dark World (2013).” The critic addresses the audience with basic observations, and then magically ends the show.

To be fair, Gleiberman’s work in Dark World (2013) is by no means terrible, but the critic can certainly do better. The review barely addresses the almighty Thor (or the actor playing him), and writes with a dull tone that lacks energy and inspiration. The totality of the work feels like it was something that had to be written, and not in the classical literary sense, but in the “Oh, I have to do this?” way.  The audience may feel slightly saddened by the lack of care for their needs.

The internal/external theme of Dark World (2013) is intriguing, but it’s only briefly mentioned in the introduction. Gleiberman abandons the argument for the remainder of his work. He could have expanded just a tiny bit by actually breaking down the characters and the performances. Why doesn’t Thor work with Jane? What is the dynamic between Thor and his brother Loki?

Gleiberman offers a few thoughts on the duo in the conclusion, but it’s far from thought-provoking, and certainly not enough for the great Thor minds of the world. Gleiberman describes the characters and the review ends.

Dark World (2013) has the basic essentials for an outstanding review, but the work lacks energy and analysis.    

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