Thor: The Dark World
2013
The God of Thunder strikes again as he fights to save the Nine Realms from mysterious villain Malekith, who plans to make the entire universe go dark. Meanwhile, Thor must find Jane Foster, who's been targeted by the evil denizens of Svartalfheim.

Evie Totty: “It was ok.”

I did not see this in IMAX or 3D as I didn't see the point in doing so. That said I loved it. The screenplay was awesome IMO. The little nuggets of 'real life' responses touched me. The banter between Loki and Thor was classic sibling argumentation.

Looking forward to the next installment.

It was definitely better than the first one. FYI there are TWO extra scenes.

EDIT: I've changed this to 'It's OK' because I never saw it a second time. I wasn't sticking to the 'do I want to see it again?' rule I have in place

− November 11, 2013 • more by Evielog in or create an account to reply

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Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

Maybe Kenneth Branagh made the difference? Whatever magic happened in the first film that made C-list superhero Thor seem like a passable protagonist is absent here. This sequel is rushed and underdeveloped, with zero character depth and maybe the least compelling movie supervillain to date. There's no chemistry in the romance, no humor in most of the "jokes," and the alien worlds look flat and uninteresting. Even Asgard, which had a glorious shining golden design in the first Thor, here looks plain and pedestrian.

In a recent interview, George Lucas said that good movies don't need story or dialogue; they just need pretty pictures and sound. I was reminded of that attitude while watching this movie: There's a long (five minute?) funeral scene in which a fortune has been spent on visual effects and art design and it all looks pretty, and yet not one character says a word about the deceased, because nobody making or watching the movie has any idea what any of these non-characters would theoretically feel, since no time has been spent to develop any of them into anything other than an empty costume and makeup. (Later, one character reacts to news of the death by smashing some furniture wordlessly, which I guess counts as a meager improvement.)

I don't expect the movie to be remotely realistic—The Big Bang Theory offers a more accurate depiction of real scientists than this series. But I can't be bothered to care about any of these characters or events if nobody making the movie bothers to care either. There's nothing here but lots of CGI and big-name actors buried under makeup and wigs. The movie gets a little clever in its final act, with some funny stage business improvised by the actors and a welcome dimension-hopping quality to the final battle, but it's too little too late. Marvel can spend all the money it wants to pretend otherwise, but I remain unconvinced that Thor is a marquee hero.

− April 26, 2015 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Evie Totty: Yeah I have got to stop saying movies 'rule' when I never see them twice - which is what I was doing before.

Since I've only seen it the one time it really should just be an 'It's OK' for me (the Thor/Loki stuff was fun) − April 28, 2015 • more by Evie

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