Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor The Dark WorldChris Hemsworth reprises the role of Thor the Asgardian prince and superhero in the latest Marvel movie.  Thor must battle the Dark Elves and prevent them from using the Aether to bring darkness to the realms.  Dark Elf Malekith has awoken from a suspended slumber to exact revenge on the Asgardian people who defeated him 5,000 years prior to the current timeline.  Thor travels back to Earth in search for his missing love interest, Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

He soon realizes she has somehow absorbed the indestructible Aether.  Thor rushes Jane to Asgard in search for a cure.  The movie takes off after the city’s defenses are destroyed, leaving Asgard vulnerable to attack from the Dark Elves.  The movie chronicles the battle to essentially save the world (plot line to all these movies).

I very much enjoy watching Marvel and DC Comic films.  I love the sci-fi and superhero genre.  Because of my affliction towards these films I think I sometimes overlook plot deficiencies, while conversely expecting the unexpected.  Thor: The Dark World is a respectable sequel which ultimately fails to overshadow and outperform the original.  There are many parts in the film which really drag (similar to “The Wolverine”).  I felt I was being fed what I like to call “filler” material as a means to prolong the movie’s running time.  I did not appreciate the gesture.  In addition, I became a bit tired of the hackneyed storyline arc that if the “bad guy” isn’t stopped the entire world will be a goner.  Plus the Dark Elves looked like something out of a Tolkien novel.

Dark Elf Malekith

Despite these deficiencies, Thor: The Dark World has several redeeming characteristics.  The special effects were a nice compliment to the film and didn’t eclipse the plot or dialogue (unlike that in the Man of Steel).  The movie also retains the quintessential superhero parts (i.e. romantic interest, super-powered villain, special effects).  The part which in my opinion prevented the movie towards failure was its humor.  Similarly to the Avengers movie, this film had countless funny lines/situations.  Witty dialogue helps bring levity to rather gloom situations.  It also provides a welcomed change of pace.  The film also had its share of twists.

While admittedly not a huge Thor fan in my adolescent (I was more a Superman and Spiderman type of guy) I have come to really dig this character.  Clever dialogue and a decent plot provide for an entertaining viewing experience.  Thus I recommend you watch Thor in the theaters, especially if you are a fan of previous Marvel films.  I don’t think watching this film in 3D is really necessary.  This sequel isn’t as wonderful as the first (I’d give the original film an “A-”) but it is pretty good nonetheless.  I also would like to note that just because I greatly enjoy superhero films doesn’t mean I recommend them all.  This year’s Iron Man 3 was a great disappointment.

Oh and if you do plan on watching this film make a mental note that there are 2 extra scenes.  One is mid-post credit and the other at the end of the credits.  The first one sets up the next movie.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (violence, strong sci-fi action and some suggestive content)

Running Time: 112 minutes

My Grade: B


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3 responses to “Thor: The Dark World (2013)”

  1. JF Owen says :

    Man, you’re a tough audience. Just having Natalie Portman in the film gets it a B on my scale. Throw in an Asgard god with a hammer of infinite mass and some dark elves, and you have to be heading for an A-.

    Seriously though, I appreciate your through review of the movie and the heads up on the extra scenes. I miss those regularly because you can only hold a 32 ounce soda inside so long. Now I know that I need to plan ahead a bit for this one. 🙂

    I do think that you’re a little hard on the “end of the world” plot line. When you’re dealing with gods and super heroes, the end of the world kinda comes with the territory.

    As always, great review! Keep ’em coming!

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Haha 🙂

      I’ve been told that I am a tough critic. I in fact take such comments as compliments. When writing these reviews I try to summarize the movie, while not really spoiling it. Most importantly I try to tell my reader if this movie is worth their time and/or money to watch. I never thought I would be reviewing movies when Mariam and I started this blog, but I like doing it alot. Planning to watch quite a few movies this weekend so look for more reviews to come. (Definitely going to watch Hunger Games 2; hoping to watch Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club and maybe Delivery Man).

      Hope to post tomorrow. On a side note, I know I have been a bit MIA in terms of posting and with responding to your comment. Sorry!

      Thanks for the continued readership! 🙂

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