Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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Watching Thor: The Dark World...
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Watching Thor: The Dark World tonight, I got the feeling that Hollywood might have finally figured it out. In theory, a sequel should always surpass its predecessor, although as we all know, many have tried and famously failed. But a new trend seems to finally be breaking through. X2 was better than X-Men. Spider-Man 2 was better than the first. And now that I've seen it, I can tell you Thor: The Dark World… is better than Thor. (And the fact that these are all Marvel productions, that's food for anther discussion.) I thoroughly enjoyed Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, when I only saw it for the first time just this spring. In fact, I watched it again the same week. Which is saying enough to imply that my hopes were high for the sequel. So I was really looking forward to tonight and I was not disappointed. Thor 2 was helmed by a different director...

**A long format review from...
Sunday, May 31, 2020

**A long format review from 2013** Despite a virtually non-existent (comparatively) promotional campaign for Marvel’s latest effort, Thor: The Dark World has crushed its competition box-office-wise. Though receiving less critical acclaim than Captain Phillips or Gravity, it did clean up in the finance department. I’ve made no secret of the fact that in the MCU, my favourite Avenger is Thor, so a new film was always going to be an easy ticket from me. And I can’t work out if that bias is making me more critical of the film because I care so much, or less because I’m just happy it got made? I’ll try to be as above board as possible. Thor 2 is a spectacle, make no mistake. It has the appropriate mix of explosions, attractive people, monsters, humour, fighting, mesmerising visuals, sweet symbolism and heart-wrenching sorrow that can be expected from a decent super hero film. But...

There have been plenty of...
Sunday, May 31, 2020

There have been plenty of movies based on classical cartoon superheroes that have been poorly implemented and with a lousy story. Luckily this one is not one of those. This was really a very enjoyable movie and I liked this movie a lot better than the first Thor movie which I felt was mostly silly. This one has a story which was rather okay and held somewhat together. You have to remember that this is a comic book hero and the story is on that level of course. The special effects and the scenery is really nice as well. The views of Asgard is cool, almost breathtaking. Anthony Hopkins was excellent as Odin or Oden has he is called in Sweden, my country of birth. Tom Hiddleston is also very good in his role although I have to say that I really do not like his role but then he is supposed to be one of the bad guys so...

One of my favourites from...
Thursday, January 28, 2021

One of my favourites from the MCU's opening eight releases. Judging by that average rating: Shows what I know, eh? I seriously enjoyed 'Thor: The Dark World', with it not only surpassing its predessceor from 2011 but all bar 'Captain America: The First Avenger' in the MCU thus far also. Each to their own, as always, but I found it great. Loved the score, one of the more memorable ones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point. I also found the pacing to be near perfect, while the humour fits very well. The plot is entertaining. Chris Hemsworth is great as Thor, while Natalie Portman gives a performance worth noting - unlike in the original. I admit I wasn't overly happy to see Tom Hiddleston appear again, given his character isn't good enough to be in three MCU films, but he is satisfactory here. The rest of the cast are solid, too. I...

Thor: The Dark World represents...
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Thor: The Dark World represents all of the MCU's worst tendencies: shoehorned humour at the expense of good scenes, a cookie cutter underdeveloped villain, and an over reliance on big outlandish explosions. It doesn't help that the story is also convoluted and lame, made even worse because it introduces the second infinity stone. All in all, Thor: The Dark World is not a terrible movie. It's just far more cliché than its predecessors, and that's disappointing.

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