‘Martin, for all his machinations and magic realism, is equally mundane. He is, however, the catalyst for everything that goes wrong and, in doing so, throws buckets of emotion over those he meets. He might be a potential evil wizard, but he brings Steven and his family out of themselves. They become less guarded, less particular in what they say. One sibling requests – actually begs – to have the iPod of the other when they die. It’s not done so they can have a keepsake, it’s so they can have an iPod. Along with this previously untapped emotion and selfishness comes unbridled violence, which Martin is more than happy to inflict on himself if it makes Steven happy. Steven is the new patriarchy after all, and Martin wants to love him as much as he wants to smash him.’
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