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  • n  (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot
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  • 'Thor: The Dark World' Is as Fun as It Should Be
    Part of why the Thor movies work as well as they do is because Chris Hemsworth really doesn't have to do that much to convince us he's a god. And the Thor movies know it, too, which is why they remain the true comedies of the Marvel universe. Though not quite as sprightly as Kenneth Branagh's original outing, Thor: The Dark World is still a zippy gambol. We learn about the movie's MacGuffin ...
    Nov. 8, 2013 - The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  • George Lucas in International Herald Tribune
    The MacGuffin of it slowed down a little bit from what my original enthusiastic version was. Again, that's the way it works with Steven and Harrison and I,Lucas said. "We're not going to do anything anyone's uncomfortable with. We want to...
  • Dave Gibbons in Comic Book Resources
    The outcome is exactly the same as the graphic novel, but the MacGuffin, the gimmick, is a little different,Gibbons responded.

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