Ravingnerd Reviews: Thor – The Dark World

Hey everyone! It has indeed been quite some time since I posted on this blog, but I can’t stay away for long. Also know, that my absence has not been in vain. I have stuff coming down the line that I can’t wait to share with you all. Like tremendous stuff. But you’ll just have to be patient with me on that stuff.

So now the feature event! While I had intended on seeing and posting about this movie at its midnight release, other obligations kept me from doing so. But here it is now, and not a moment to late.

For those of you who didn’t already know, the original Thor movie is my second favorite Marvel Universe film. It falls just short of Iron Man as being both awesome and a faithful adaptation of iconic characters. I was concerned that this movie would fall short of the firsts brilliance. With Kenneth Branaugh out and with Joss Whedon being called in last minute to fix things, I was sure that Marvel’s first non Iron Man solo film post Avengers would be terrible. Here is what I found.

The cast was awesome. With an all stare cast of actors, how could it not be? Yet I found it was not the primary cast of characters that led the film. Indeed only one of the headlining characters did a stellar job. The rest was led by the ensemble. Rene Russo got her chance to shine and develop the character of Freya more than she was in the first movie. Where Anthony Hopkins’ Odin was booming and imposing in the first film, he was out-shined by most others, and Russo ran circles around him in the parenting circle. Hemsworth too seemed to fall flat, being upstaged by both his mother and Jaimie Alexander’s Siff on Asgard, and by the characters of Darcy and the intern on Earth. Hell, I found Chris O’dowd and his bit part was more enjoyable than Thor through most of the movie. Yet it was this that made the movie awesome. Jane Foster, Thor, and Odin headlined the first movie. This movie allowed for the lesser characters to shine and fleshed out the cast of characters more than I thought possible. The two standouts though were Idris Elba (duh) and Tom Hiddleston (a begrudging duh). And though I was determined to find fault with Hiddleston’s role out of spite, I could find none at all. He was quite literally the best thing about the movie. Christopher Eccleston was unremarkable as well. Though I don’t find fault with his performance, I find fault with the script. It didn’t give Eccleston the chance to show his chops.

The plot was straight forward and easy to follow. Bad guy wants to blow up the universe and good guy wants to stop him. There were no transitions between realms, like there were in the original. We pretty much followed the same cast of characters the entire time. And while the dual identities of the last film made it stand far above the others, this movie did a decent job of entertaining us and thrilling us without needing to separate the two.

The action sequences in this film were definitely more pleasing than the last. While I found fault in the action sequences of the original movie, there was less of that in this film. The action was big and very entertaining.

This film, like Iron Man 3 contained fewer Easter Eggs than normal. While we do get a great scene with Stan Lee, and the closing credit scene spreads much light on the future of the Marvel Universe, other than a brief cameo by Chris Evans, there wasn’t a whole lot hinted or teased at in this movie.

Though I still have a hard time separating film from comic, and I will fault every film with accuracy, this film escapes relatively unscathed. It felt like a Thor adventure. It was big, spanned many worlds, and an immense amount of fun. Despite the forced inclusion of Jane Foster, this movie was what most Thor adventures should feel like.

The film was fun and very entertaining. The plot was straightforward, and could have been called dull if it wasn’t for the brilliance of the ensemble cast. The cast definitely drives the movie past the points where plot lags, or gets down right boring. When compared to other films, it stands about middle of the stack. While it wasn’t as good as Iron Man or its predecessor, I definitely enjoyed it more than most of the other Marvel films.

Favorite part of the movie- The end credit was a series of sketch art from the film. It was beautiful and I would love to see it happen more often.
Least favorite part of the film- Honestly, Natalie Portman was forgettable. Her character had no growth, and only proved that she needed Thor present to be cool.

Final Verdict: 7

This movie falls just short of Iron Man 3, Avengers, Thor, and Iron Man. But fits in that order. It Is miles ahead of Iron Man 2, and still better than the original Captain America movie. The movie was immense fun and proved that it is impossible for me to hate Tom Hiddleston, no matter how much Tumblr makes me want to.

Until the next time,

Rn

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