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Clint O’Connor’s “Intergalactic Mayhem” Is a Bit Too Aetherial

In response to Clint O'Connor’s 563‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on Cleveland Plain Dealer

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There is nothing particularly bad or good about Clint O’Connor’s “‘Thor: The Dark World’: Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return for more intergalactic mayhem (review).” Yeah, the title could be a bit leaner. And yeah, the review could be a bit longer. But ultimately, its fatal flaw is that it doesn’t leave much of an impression one way or another.

True, the review was written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but that doesn’t mean it has to be so plain. There’s a picture of Anthony Hopkins in silly clothes and an eyepatch to start things off. That means there’s some fun to be had.

O’Connor squanders that potential, though, opting instead for a review that mostly seems phoned in. Apparently someone forgot to tell him that this is the 21st century and using a phone for anything other than texting and Candy Crush Saga is totally passé.

There is an odd design decision, too, wherein a summary of the movie and its grade were put smack dab in the middle of the review itself. It breaks up the flow of the review and causes a fair bit of head-scratching. That sort of thing belongs at the beginning or end of a review, not somewhere in between.

With so many Thor: The Dark World reviews to choose from, intergalactic mayhem provides not a single compelling reason to choose it. There are plenty of reviews out there that are more entertaining, more informative, and more compelling.    

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