Thor: The Dark World Review

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Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

The Good
I enjoyed this film quite a bit actually.  It’s no secret that Iron Man 3 wasn’t my favorite, and with that being said, this movie made waves where IM3 failed.  There was quite a bit of humor in this movie, and while that was a complaint of mine for IM3, they balanced it well in Thor: The Dark World.  They knew when it was jokey time and when it was time to be serious.  That is a very welcome distinction that I’m sure the fans will also enjoy.  Enough of my IM3 bashing and on to what is important.  LOKI LOKI LOKI!!  This is the Loki you’ve been waiting for.  I’ve always said in previous films that they’ve underused Loki and what he can actually do (Yes Avengers.. even you).  In true spoiler free style you’ll have to see it to know what I’m talking about but if you’ve ever felt that Loki wasn’t quite what you were expecting, this movie knocks it out of the park.

Before I forget.. Welcome to Marvel Alan Taylor!  This guy takes his Game of Thrones Bad Assery and intertwines it into the world of Thor, and does it quite fantastically.  You’ll definitely notice a very stark difference in style from the first Thor and this new one.  Great job to you and your crew Alan!  ( Yes we are on a first name basis ).

I’m just happy at this point to be a comic book geek because these movies are taking over the cineplex and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

 

The Bad
I don’t have much in this area.  There are little small things like the Elven language.  I don’t mind another made up language in films.. but at least have your actors learn it well enough to put some charisma into it.  They sounded like an american speaking first year Spanish and not pronouncing anything correctly.  So it lends no weight to what they are doing and talking about.  Also there are some very cliche moments which you’ll know immediately upon seeing them.  I would have liked to have seen some more SHIELD interaction, but at least they mention them at some point in the movie.  But again, there is some really world altering stuff going on and you can’t help but ask..  WHERE IS SHIELD???  Do they only show up when New York is in danger?  I mean send an agent that’s wearing the SHIELD logo or something.. Anything.. a vehicle.. plane.. SOMETHING..  But I digress because none of these things really break the movie.  All of them are simply small gripes.

 

The Verdict
Best Marvel phase 2 movie so far (I mean there are only 2 total) so that doesn’t say much yet.  But it is indeed a great movie.  Stay for mid credits scene, as well as a nice surprise at the end of the credits.  Which when you see that final one you’ll forget that you wondered about that in the first place.  Very well done.   So there you have it folks.. Get out there and swing your hammer right into a theater seat and enjoy the Thorness!  When it is all over you’ll want to smash your soda to the ground and shout out..  ANOTHER!!

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