I’ll be honest; I didn’t think the original was that great. But hey, I’m a crowd follower and everyone else was going to it, so why not? Now I wish I had just stayed home.
In the second installment of Thor, we find our hero needing to do battle with a race of super elves to prevent the world from being plunged into darkness. At the same time, Thor continues his ‘about as exciting as eating crackers’ romance with boring bookworm Jane Foster (ugh, even her name is boring), as they fight through a convoluted script to save the day and plug plot holes.
Sorry, to be honest, I really couldn’t be bothered to pay much attention. The sequel to Thor follows the same problem patterns as the original. Plot twists that make no sense, complicated back stories…immortals whose lives are in danger.
Let me just write that again to make it clear…immortals whose lives are in danger. I fail to see the concern.
Normally, special effects make a movie like this, but the special effects in this one just left me feeling flat. Some of the newly added effects were just ridiculous. One scene has Thor turning his magic hammer into a helicopter blade. The evil aliens look like laughable wall art you’d find in a cheap hotel room. [more…]
The acting falls flat as well. Thor’s deadpan fish out of water reactions just aren’t as fun this time around. Natalie Portman runs around looking frightened and constipated most of the time. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wears his standard grumpy, treacherous face throughout the entire movie.
Also, there is quite a bit of genre confusion in this movie. It plays like an action movie, but they keep trying to stuff science bits in to explain away their ‘nine realms’ story.
In all honesty, I felt like I was watching the same exact movie as the first one. Thor and his brother argue. Thor and his father argue. Thor and Jane are inexplicably drawn to each other. Thor must save the world from an evil alien race.
Of course, Thor is rocking the box office, as I expected it to do. Die hard fans will always run out to see the next Thor movie, and you know there will be a next Thor movie. However, I wish they had tried a little bit harder on the script and maybe chose some characters that actually has a smidgen of chemistry.
My recommendation to the writers of the next movie; look up the word ‘immortal’ as well as the word ‘indestructible’. If something is either, there is no way to destroy or kill it. That’s all there is to it.
There isn’t much to redeem Thor: The Dark World. The comic relief doesn’t come across as funny because it was done to death in the first movie. The acting is one dimensional and every character seems to have only one emotion. The plot abounds with holes. One minute, something is indestructible. The next, someone conveniently just happened to make something that will destroy the indescribable item.
The movie was made to be a blockbuster for only one reason; die hard fans. If it weren’t for fans of Stan Lee, it probably wouldn’t have been.
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