Monday, November 18, 2013

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

With the last movie being much more focused on character growth, this movie turns around and shows how Thor's experience from the last movie has changed him. He's become more conscious of others, and even a bit naive. One of the things I like about Thor is how with each movie the part that Thor thinks is okay about him will lead to repercussions. Whether it's his ego that causes him to be cast as a mortal to earth, or well his new self that wants to believe in the good of others.

Summary: We left off with Thor returning home to Asgard and Jane left on earth waiting for his return. Jane isn't the type to wait though and with Darcy she begins seeking out where she can find a passageway to his realm. Jane accidentally stumbles upon something though that is a huge threat to Thor and his world. Just as Thor is finishing bringing peace to all nine realms he finds that Jane has stumbled upon a weapon that can't be destroyed, Aether, and that the Dark Elves now are wanting her to get it back. If the elves get it back though they will continue their mission to destroy Asgard.

Acting: Chris Hemsworth is good as Thor and he suits the role. Whether he's being the overly arrogant guy from last one, or the guy more caught up in trying to find his way back to his love in this one, he conveys the many emotions that Thor is capable of well. I also like Natalie Portman as Jane. I think Portman brings out the feminine aspects of her character well without making her weak. Jane's strength is her brains and I like how she plays that up in the movie. There is a huge cast of other characters as well like Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Rene Russo as Frigga. The other huge name that will most be aware of is Loki who is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston. It's difficult for anyone else to be more stand out than him in the movie. The actor constantly has us guessing about which side Loki really falls on making him the main reason the movie stays compelling.

Filming: The movie has tons of special effects and they are all pulled off well.  Nothing looks like it was badly done as effects go in the movie. Everything as far as the action glides well too. A movie like this shows you how action can be done without it having to be cheesy. The scenes even at time look sort of terrifying. The vibe though of this being a fantasy movie and action/hero movie do work though. I felt like I was watching a The Lord of the Rings version of what a superhero would be like from there.

Plot: The plot builds very well from the last movie. We see how Thor has grown since he learned from his father's punishment and met a woman that he loved. We also see how the realization of how evil his brother is has affected him. There are plenty of other events in this movie that will cause us to wonder where Thor goes in the next movie. The movie gets you involved enough with the characters though to be sad when tragedy happens and relieved when they find something to celebrate. Plus, the action scenes are quite intense. While this movie fails to be as funny as the first with dialogue it still brings in more seriousness well.

Thor is one of the better superhero movies there is. I find that Thor's character development is more interesting and I like the romance in the movie. I think it just is more appealing than even Iron Man in the romance department. I've never felt the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Gwyenth Paltrow like I have between Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth.

Rating 8 of 10.

Thor: The Dark World (2013) on IMDb

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