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THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:30

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The Buzz

     It has been two years since the Destroyer was sent to earth by the Jotun and the Bifrost to Asgard was destroyed. Things seem to be back to "normal" as Heimdall watches the newly rebuilt Bifrost and Thor, God of Thunder, is fighting once again to bring the nine realms back into peace. However, the time draws near to the Convergance, a phenomena where the nine realms align and a great power stirs. Malekith, the leader of the once powerful Dark Elves, has bided his time for 5000 years and is now ready to claim a super weapon known as the Aether and plunge the realms into eternal darkness.

     

The Life of the Party

     Was that epic enough? I've been working on my Elevator speech for epic story telling, but... anyways... Thor: The Dark World! Yet another superhero sequel by Marvel films, I was entirely worried that this movie was going to fall into the same category as its predacessor: Boring as hell. Thankfully, the writers and director learned from the first Thor, and actually gave us something worthwhile.

     The story revolves around Malekith, leader of the dark elves, who was at war with Asgard many thousands of years ago. At the very moment that Malekith was to use his super weapon, The Aether, an Asgardian strike force stole it from him to hide in a secret corner of the galaxy. Of course Malekith and some of his brethren escape to go into hiding, and 5000 years later, the Aether is found by an unwitting human and brings him back out of slumber. So who is unwitting enough to stumble upon an ancient, sentient super-flubber weapon?

natalie-portman

Note: May not be actual scene from Thor: The Dark World

     Yup, thats Thor's main squeeze from the first movie (also briefly mentioned in The Avengers) who has found herself a gravitationaly anomoly and just
HAS GOT TO GO POKING AROUND (she IS white, afterall). Whilst dicking around in another realm of reality, Dr. gets herself infected with Aether juice and is chosen to be the host of its power until claimed by Malekith. Of course, when this happens, Thor comes to save his lady and takes her to Asgard for protection and healing. Unfortunately, nothing ever goes right for Super Heroes, and Asgard is attacked by Dark Elves. Ultimately, the elves are pushed back at great cost to the Asgardians.

     Given few options, Thor opts for a plan that would label him a traitor to Asgard and sets it in motion. utilizing the aid of Heimdall, the Warriors Three, Lady Sif, and (SPOILER) his own Brother Loki, Thor brings his lady-boo to the dark world to draw Malekith away from Asgard. The final battle has too many actual spoilers to give you a run down, but I will say this: It's fun! You may be asking, why "fun"? Well, because isn't that what it SHOULD be? You know darn well that certain people aren't going to die, you know that ultimately the good guy is going to win, so "drama" and "Suspense" don't really exist. But it is fun and exciting. The graphics are well done and there is plenty of story left for future Thor movies or Avengers titles.

     Moving away from just the nerdgasm moments that super-hero movies tend to bring to me, I have to admit that I really loved the casting for this movie. Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth, who has done a great job of being Thor in his everyday life. Just look at the man and tell me he wasn't born to be a Viking God. 

Odin
"I said look.. that requires BOTH eyes in my opinion"

     Mancrush not withstanding, the rest of the cast is pretty stellar as well. You have Sir Anthony Hopkins playing big daddy Odin, Idris Elba (Luther for those not in the know) as Heimdall, with Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano as the Warriors Three. Jaimis Alexander plays Sif, and is incredibly hot whilst doing so. Rene Russo, Stellan Skargard, and Kat Denning are all there too, but play supporting roles that I feel get too overshadowed (Russo especially). 

     Christopher Eccleston plays the movies main antogonist, Melekith, and does a supperb job at it. He just seems natural playing the part and it works for him. Adewale Akinnuoya-agbeje (Bullet to the Head, and god knows how many other movies) plays Algrim and then The Kurse, which if you have played Marvel Avengers Alliance, makes you hate him SO hard. The one who steals the show is most definitely Tom Hiddleston as Loki. I feel that each of the actors/actresses who play the heroes and villains is going to forever be remembered as such, but I think that Hiddleston is going to take the Loki role and turn him into a household name, which is a rarity for the villains. 

TomHiddleston

"The man could tell a girl her dog committed suicide

and still make her panties explode"

 

Potential Hangovers:

     If im being honest, there was not much about this movie that I was really unhappy about. There are a few spots where some minor continuity errors show up, or things don't quite make sense, but I feel like you kind of have to accept that in a super hero movie. Seeing as I was never really a comic book Guru, I'm not sure how well this movie stacked up with Thor Lore (YAY Rhyme Scheme!), so that is certainly a potential complaint. But, as I've said before, these movies aren't made for fans of the comics. These movies are made for the average person to go and enjoy. The conversation as to why directors have to change the canon of the comic books or make changes that don't NEED to be made is a lengthy one that we will have another time. 

Vibe: Group get together, man cave, date movie

     The new trend of super hero movies has blossomed into a genre of its own, and it looks like it plans to stay that way for awhile. The Dark World is enough of an action movie to make the typical guy happy but still has enough romance and heart in it to make the girlfriend that was pulled along pretty happy too. All in all, I think this movie can fill a number of roles on the blu-ray shelf and is a solid addition to the Marvel Line. 



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