Movie Title: Thor: The Dark World
Date Released: November 8th, 2013
Date Seen: November 9th, 2013
Seen with: Dad
Seen in: IMAX
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie takes place after the first Thor movie, and after the Avengers, and we are introduced to a new villain – Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) – who wants to return the entire universe to an age of darkness.
Remark, before we start actually discussing the movie – I know nothing about Thor comics, nor have I even looked into anything about how this movie relates to them. I’m going off a purely “Hey, I like Marvel movies, but not a comic person” standpoint.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ was a significantly better movie than the first Thor. The first Thor just felt so ridiculous and over the top cheesy – that it didn’t really feel like it fit in this Marvel universe that was created. This movie felt in line with the others in this Marvel universe – darker, but still kind of funny, and now of course we are having references of the Avengers and other superheroes. Loki is back in a still significant role, despite the fact that he is locked up half the movie. A dormant race of Dark Elves, led by Malekith are awakened, and Thor must stop them from returning the universe to an age of darkness. Of course, his precious Jane Foster, again played by Natalie Portman, is in danger, and of course Earth is going to be the battle grounds for part of the movie. Thor needs Loki’s help, however, and thus we get a nice element of “Can you really trust him?” added into the movie.
A lot of this movie takes place in Asgard, which was stunning to look at. We got small glimpses of it in the first movie, but a large portion of scenes take place in the Asgard palace (is that what it’s called?) or flying around outside the palace and in Asgard in general. A couple of scenes felt like I was watching Star Trek – with people fighting on ships, or space ships flying around strange planets, etc. I loved it. What’s better than superheroes and star ships? Not much. Also while in Asgard we get a lot more of the Asgardians – the best being Frigga, Thor’s mom, played by Rene Russo. She gets a chance to be a complete bad ass and that scene was awesome.
Malekith, the Dark Elf trying to destroy the world as we know it, is played by Christopher Eccleston. All of the dark elves were pretty cool, with most of them wearing masks the entire time. Apparently, Alan Taylor wanted them all to have a look about themselves, that they were better than everyone – and thus standing tall and sort of looking down on everyone. So all of the masks were made so that the eye holes were lower than where your actual eyes were. For the actors to see, they had to hold their heads slightly back. Smart idea and it paid off. I wanted to know more about the Dark Elves and their history – like the cursed thing that they can do to one of their own. To me that means the movie did its job – I wanted to know more about something from the movie that will make me look, at the very least, into the comic book info online. So the movie version got me interested in the original media – good job.
It’s still not a perfect movie, and the Thor part of the Marvel movies is still probably what I care the least about, but this movie did a good job at getting me re-interested in the Thor sides. So good job.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s an alright synopsis/overview here.
An interesting villain, a great set of worlds we got to see, lots of action, funny moments, great characters, and not nearly the same amount of cheesiness we had from the first Thor. Definitely go see this if a fan of the Marvel films, or just like action/fantasy type movies.