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Waffle’s “Back to Swing” Review Plays (Kind Of) Nice With Fanboys

In response to Willie Waffle’s 554‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on

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There’s a certain amount of playfulness expected in a review written by someone with the nom de plume Willie Waffle, and indeed, monsieur Waffle doesn’t disappoint. What surprises in his “Thor: The Dark World – Back To Swing The Hammer Again” is how he soldiers through a review of a movie he clearly doesn’t think much of in a genre he’s not interested in.

His criticism is soaked in an it-is-what-it-is fatalism, surely acquired after reviewing too many superhero movies in the past few years. And his critical evenhandedness is quite above and beyond the call of movie reviewing duty. Waffle actually compliments—a backhanded one, but still—the director and screenwriters for including lots of exposition to make the movie’s plot more comprehensible.

Waffle succinctly lays out the movie’s premise and overarching conflict while peppering it with witticisms. His best: a ribald quip involving the once and future queen of the fanboys, Natalie Portman, and how a mysterious substance called “The Aether” merges with her character in the movie—and becomes the envy of every geek in America.

From the outset it’s clear that Back To Swing‘s audience is not made up of fanboys, those pale, persnickety, and girlfriendless males that haunt comic book conventions.

But for those who believe the truth of a superhero movie review lies somewhere between the uncritical acceptance of fanboy reviewers and the complete dismissal of more “serious” ones, Back To Swing is worth reading.    

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