Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Thor - The Dark World [2013]

"You Must Be Truly Desperate To Come To Me For Help"

Release Date: 31 October 2013 (Malaysia), 8 November 2013 (USA)
Directed By: Alan Taylor
Written By: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Duration: 120 minutes
In A Nutshell:
5000 years ago, the Dark Elves led by their leader Malekith (played by Christopher Eccleston) sought to rule everything by releasing a force called "Aether" onto all nine realms of the universe. He was eventually defeated and vanquished by the army of Asgard. The Aether, which couldn't be destroyed, was kept hidden by the Asgardians. Now in the present day, Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) has found the Aester but it then inhibited and possessed her body. Malekeith returns and seeks the Aester but Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) and the Asgardians stand in his way.

Thumbs Up:
+ Climatic finale battle that just about passes as being cool.
+ Truly menacing villains. They were a real threat.
+ Darcy (played by Kat Dennings) providing most of the laughs again.
+ Cameos. Almost forgot Stan Lee is in a way obliged to do so (checkout the list of his movie cameos here). Another familiar person makes one too.
+ Frigga (played by Rene Russo). Finally, a queen that kicks-ass!!
Thumbs Down:
- A somewhat lethargic first half. Too much was spent on establishing the story of Dark Elves, convergence of the nine realms, etc.
- Too much seems to be going on. The film actually feels a little bloated.
- Lacking something extraordinary or a "wow" factor. A perfect case of "seen all this before".

The Verdict Is In:
I truly enjoyed the first film, Thor [2011]. It was a lot of fun and got me really hyped for The Avengers [2012] that following year. This current film on the other hand, although was fun in parts, just felt very ordinary and forgettable. Not a bad effort but the curse of the sequels strikes again. It seems that even for The God of Thunder, lightning doesn't strike twice!
6 out of 10


  1. Whoa, you saw this already? Good for you Asrap! Can't wait to see it on Monday on press screening, it's not out until the following Friday! I heard that Loki got a bit more screen time, yay!!

    1. HI Ruth! Yeah, it opened a week early here. Loki has more screen time than I expected, but his role is an important one in the movie.

  2. because this is thor...aku tgk next week kor bagi 6...lagi malas nak tgk

    1. haha... no rush! cite nih kira fun in parts, tp aku rasa dia punye excitement level generic jerh... aku suka first one better.

  3. I cannot wait to see this one - the first part is one of my fav comic book movies, I liked it even more than Avengers. As long as the film has as many amusing and fun moments as first one, I'll love it.

    1. I loved the first one too! It was way better than most people give it credit for. This second part does have the same elements but sadly I'll have to say in much lower dosages.

  4. SO jealous you got to see this already. When I first saw Thor, I didn't like it, I felt like it didn't have it's own story and it was all Avengers set up. Then after I saw the Avengers, I re-visited Thor and loved it. I'm looking forward to more Thor and Loki in this. Great review!

    1. I've re-visited the first one a few times, and it does get better. The only Marvel movie leading up to The Avengers that I didn't like was Captain America. Maybe I need to revisit than one to appreciate it. The Thor-Loki relationship plays a truly integral part in the movie!

  5. not too interested to see this. Maybe just for Loki and Natalie Portman. Heard some average points about this. Too bad.

    1. Its probably easier to enjoy the movie if you're a Thor or Marvel fan compared to if you're not. I happen to be a fan of both, but still found it average!


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