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REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World

Fans of Marvel movies will be quite pleased with Thor: The Dark World.  The movie delivers action, large scale set-pieces, and perfect comedic bits that flow well with the story.  Chris Hemsworth is back as the titular character and the strength of his performance once again allows viewers to buy into this fantastic realm that he inhabits.

The story this time out involves, Chris Eccleston, as the dark elf Malekith seeking the mystical MacGuffin called the Aether.  The Aether is important because it can be used during the once in a forever and ever long rare occurrence called The Convergence, where all the realms align.  Who knows what the Aether actually does or how it really works as that’s never ever explained at any point in the movie, and you won’t really even care.  You also won’t care too much about Malekith since he receives ZERO character development, no story arc, no witty zingers, nothing really memorable beyond his iconic look, an intense hate-on for Asgardians, and a strange desire to plunge the Universe into darkness, for … some reason … or other. Ehhh, it’s ultimately not really important and merely the backdrop for massive battles to occur and cool stunts to be performed.  On that front Thor really delivers!

I felt the action of the first movie was really lacking in favor of getting the movie going audience familiar with the character of Thor and the franchise.  With the franchise and those introductions already in place director, Alan Taylor, is able to jump headlong into the story.  Natalie Portman returns as Dr. Jane Foster, her character is made even more integral to the story this time out as she become infected by the Aether and thus hunted by Malekith.

Loki returns and is organically pulled into the fray in a manner that doesn’t bash viewers over the head with the fact that the filmmakers are attempting to cash in on the popularity of Tom Hiddlesoton’s magnificent portrayal.  The film even manages to give Idris Elba the opportunity to not only speak more than two lines – he actually briefly gets involved in the action!  There’s hope for The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

The movie is really fun, beautifully shot, and moves deftly from set-piece to set-piece.  Stick around for not only the mid-credits sequence, which will whet the appetite of comic FanBros who recognize the characters on display, but also the gag of the after credit sequence.  There is also a GREAT and unexpected cameo that will elicit an excited response from the true fans of the Marvel movie series.

  • Isaiah Mullins

    Awesome review bro

  • John Bennett

    Good review. Peeped this bootleg French version a few days ago, and it left enough of an impression on me that I might actually go to the theater to see it.

  • I think this movie was great. I liked the first, it was aight for a setup to the avengers. The director is known more for directing a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones. (Sidenote: he’s set to direct the Terminator reboot). The action was good and the funny moments were on point. I agree with illayc on the villain, he was evil and that’s pretty much it. I couldn’t figure out how the aether worked but know it looked awesome. Definitely recommend anybody to watch it.

  • saw the film and I will say it is better than IM3 and the first Thor film. I thought the SFX were way better and more reminiscent of the new Star Trek movies. I like how the actual hue (no pun intended for some of us Texans) of the movie is darker. The first film had very bright costumes and Asgard looked more like a futuristic comic of Jack Kirby. There is nothing wrong with that but Thor should be more Lord Of The Rings than Masters of The Universe. I love how they have gotten the interaction of Thor and Loki down to a science. If I were not a fan of comics this would give one a sense of complexity when watching these films. They kept the tie-ins very subtle and only gave you the ones that matter (great after credits scene). Now for my problems. The comedy has to be knocked back a lot. Kat Dennings character (or the same character from “Two Broke Girls”) has two many jokes with a failure to launch. It is very awkward when she says a one liner and the theater sits in silence. I blame the forced comedy in all of the Phase 2 movies and shows on Iron Man and the Avengers. Many people laughed at the natural wit of Robert Downey Jr. and the well directed punch line scenes of the Avengers ensemble. This CANNOT work in every film. PLEASE DISNEY UNDERSTAND IT DOES NOT WORK ALL THE TIME (sorry a little annoyed). I love Natalie Portman as an actress but the way they have made Jane Fosters character from the beginning as a smart dumb person I think is to a fault. Its hard for me to watch her play a character without meaning but to simply be the lead actress. Like Man Of Steel the relationship between Thor and Jane was never really developed and just feels more like trying to fit the circle inside the square. I also thought that Chris Hemsworth’s acting was lacking in plenty scenes in this film. It wasn’t that noticeable but there were moments that felt like a Star Wars film where flat acting is part of the atmosphere of that series. I feel his acting was way more interesting in the first film. If I were apart of the set design I would also look into Thor’s hammer the same way they have looked into Captain America’s costume, as it looked more like an amusement park souvenir than something that is the most dangerous weapon in the universe. Understand I liked this film, I liked the first film but like the Twilight series I don’t want outsiders to look at these movies and be like “what’s the big deal”. I want them to be like “DAMN WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING OUT ON”. This will also make these movies as good now as they would be twenty years from now. With all this being said I give this movie 3 out of 4 Flares. (if you don’t know what this means come join the Fantastic Discussions group on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/106334082784602/)

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  • Tangela Walters

    I’ve never seen Thor the movie but your review about the movie gave a good introduction of the background and characters. I did watch the latest version of Iron Man and I really enjoyed it! I think Thor will be pretty cool too!!!

  • Steve F

    Nice review, I definitely going to see this one

  • Eve

    Great review…I saw it Friday night and loved it. I agree the action was much better in this one; even had a brief moment of agreement with my 15 year old on the awesomeness that is Loki (according to her).