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Mike McGranaghan Battles the Muse in “Thor: The Dark World”

In response to Mike McGranaghan’s 699‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Aisle Seat

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Mike McGranaghan is conflicted. “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” finds the critic wrestling with the very foundation of his philosophy of critique and readers will delight in this rare peak into the inner workings of the making of a critical work of art.

McGranaghan tries to reconcile the distance between his head and his heart and the result is both enlightening and entertaining. True to the name of his site (Aisle Seat), McGranaghan considers himself a member of the audience while he’s sitting in the theater, allowing the film’s emotion to wash over him without overanalyzing. On this level, he loved the film for being “great looking,” a “wholly original final battle that enthralls the audience,” and a jokes that “hit the bullseye.”

His head, on the other hand, found all sorts of problems with the film.  

So who wins out in this perennial conflict of head versus heart? As with most things in life, it’s somewhere in the middle, but McGranaghan nobly chooses sides, ultimately coming down on the side of his heart.

While the writing won’t win any awards, it is lucid enough to delve into the particulars of this conflict efficiently and his conversational tone is highly relatable and forms an intimate connection with the reader.    

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