Original Post: November 24, 2013
So………I know “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is not exactly getting positive reception to most people out there (well, according to the ones I know and half of the internet) and I have stopped following it as much, but fortunately Marvel can struck quality with their Netflix TV deal but that is another story for later. As Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the ones that isn’t X-Men or Spider-Man) continues with Thor: The Dark World but as for what I thought of the first movie, it was an relatively good Marvel movie, although it isn’t exactly a favorite of mine as The Iron Man Movies and The Avengers were, there was some good things going for it like the action and some of the humor was tolerable (well, most of it), especially since I had no high expectations of it during the first time as many others did.
The adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, continue 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.
Well, well, well………it’s not exactly the finest movie to be made from Marvel but it is an entertaining good watch and now that I think about it, I felt it was no different than the first, aside from some new story elements and character expansions in there. There were some great performances from most of the cast all around. Chris Hemsworth as Thor is still worth watching as I think when Marvel cast whoever for their roles, it was like this is made specifically for them and the same can be said for Tom Hiddleston as Loki and I have seen the appeal of why he is excellent as Loki. He can provide that snarkiness and devious yet charming charisma coming from him and especially him opposite Hemsworth. I’m also amazed by Anthony Hopkins as Odin and especially Rene Russo as Frigga as her role was gradually upgraded from the last one. Also some props to Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, and surprisingly Zachary Levi, who was supposed to be in the first movie but dropped out at the last minute and this is the first good project (that’s not animated) he’s been in since Chuck ended.
OK, Natalie Portman was fine in her role as Jane Foster and as for Kat Dennings being Darcy, I’m not really annoyed by her being there but they are some moments of her where I thought, “OK, now you’re getting annoying. Please stop.” She can be funny (personally, funny and hot……Yeah, I noticed) but sometimes enough is enough. I have no major problems with Stellan Skarsgård but he also contribute to the unnecessary humor added in but aside from that, he’s acceptable. But Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed felt mostly underwhelmed, like I really didn’t felt or give a damn about him wanting to destroy the universe….blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, Christopher Eccleston is a good actor but his role is just not as interesting and the other character Algrim / Kurse (Malekith’s lieutenant) played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (try saying this guy’s name……key word being TRY) and he was not as underwhelming as Eccleston but not that better.
Direction was far superior here as it was directed by Alan Taylor, who is known for directing a lot of TV shows, mostly HBO shows and more notably Game of Thrones and I definitely see some of that directing style in there. The action scenes were pretty enjoyable, mostly the third act sequence and some of the second act. Effects were pretty good but then again, I saw this in 2D because I didn’t feel like paying the extra cash from what I heard, not that great 3D effects.
FINAL VERDICT: Thor: The Dark World is entertaining through their action-packed sequences and humor, while some of it was pretty unnecessary, it’s not up to Transformers 2 humor and no one wants that humor….NOBODY. Plus, it’s another example of a perfectly good comic book movie as Marvel always prove themselves that they are good at this. Hell, I shouldn’t have to repeat that. The movie is good.
But how good is it though?
8/10 – High MATINEE
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