Thor: The Dark World
In ancient times, the gods of Asgard fought and won a war against an evil race known as the Dark Elves. The survivors were neutralized, and their ultimate weapon -- the Aether -- was buried in a secret location. Hundreds of years later, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) finds the Aether and becomes its host, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to bring her to Asgard before Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) captures her and uses the weapon to destroy the Nine Realms -- including Earth.
Release Date: November 08, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 51 min
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Thor sells the entertainment and humor with this sequel. It's surprisingly funny and very fun to watch. There are many questions that the movie dodges and doesn't confront head on (I'll let you create your own list of questions), but once again, from an entertainment perspective, it's worth seeing.
Problem that can't be fixed:
One of the problems that we now run into with Marvel movies is that we've already been introduced to the Avengers. We saw what they did in New York and how they came together. In this Thor sequel and Iron Man 3 we see the world is threatened by a villain and it becomes somewhat difficult to make the audience believe that other Avengers wouldn't come assist their fellow partners. Although I understand that every movie can't be an Avengers movie from now on, the point still remains... You will at some point or another in this movie think about another Avenger and how he/she could help Thor. I thought that in Iron Man 3 and thought it again here.
Parents should expect a large amount of violence and deceit. Some of which is graphic (necks snapped) but ultimately it's a lot of hand to hand combat and big explosions.4 Thanks ·
In a Nutshell: More Thor. More Chris Hemsworth. More muscles and awesome abs. More beautiful Natalie Portman. Thor has to save Earth and the Nine Realms from another evil enemy who looks like he stepped off the movie set of Star Trek. All of Asgard‚Äôs soldiers look like they‚Äôd be good buds with the characters in the Lord of the Rings. It feels a bit like a summer popcorn movie where yet one more superhero saves not just the helpless people of a doomed city, but the entire universe.
A lot of movie reviewers have criticized the sequel for various reasons, but if you love Thor or Chris Hemsworth, you‚Äôll be entertained for almost two hours.
Things I liked: The background story at the beginning is a quick refresher if it‚Äôs been awhile since you saw the first Thor movie or are unfamiliar with the comic books. Several fun twists will keep you guessing. I love the high-tech gold lace wall that keeps prisoners in their cells, as well as the barrio that rises up and around the king‚Äôs castle to protect it from incoming flying intruders.
I admired the Queen‚Äôs (lovely Rene Russo) regal bravery and (SPOILER ALERT) thought the funeral scene was touching and stunning. Young actress Kat Dennings plays the snarky comic relief that she is known for on ‚ÄúTwo Broke Girls‚Äù and even a recent Lipton tea commercial she was featured in. I love Heimdall‚Äôs fierce loyalty to protect Asgard, reflected in his intense eye color, as well as the cool, shimmering bridge he watches over. Tom Hiddleston plays a deliciously conflicted Loki.
Things I didn‚Äôt like: It‚Äôs hard to take bad guys seriously when they‚Äôre wearing the lovable Jabbawockeez dance crew face masks and beautifully intricate hair braids. It‚Äôs such a contradiction to see Asgard possess such advanced technology in one scene, along with relics from Medieval ages, such as sophisticated laser weaponry next to swords. Another example is the futuristic medical table where nurses attend to Jane Foster, yet they aren‚Äôt able to heal a sword wound on another person. Was it intentional that both Jane (gorgeous Natalie Portman) and the hopeful love interest (Jaimie Alexander) looked alike, including facial beautiful marks? I wish there were more chemistry between Thor and Jane‚Ä¶their kiss and embraces fall fairly flat. What‚Äôs holding up King Odin‚Äôs eye patch? Svartalfheim‚Ä¶really?
Uplifting theme: Good conquers evil. Yay. The King of Asgard (wonderful Anthony Hopkins) worries about his legacy and Thor tells him ‚ÄúI shall try to live with honor‚Ä¶is that not legacy enough?‚Äù
Funny line: Dr. Erik Selvig is seen either nude (naughty parts blurred out) or wearing only underwear in most of his scenes. When the danger heats up, he snaps out of his exhibitionist funk and says ‚ÄúI better get my pants.‚Äù An amusing image is of Thor walking onto a modern-day subway train in London‚Äôs famous Tube in the middle of an intense battle and asks ‚ÄúHow do I get to Greenwich?‚Äù sending the female passenger next to him in a smitten trance.
Things to look for: - Stan Lee‚Äôs cameo performance when he says ‚ÄúCan I have my shoe back?‚Äù I love that he is spotlighted in every Marvel film.
- Digestive crackers on a table.
- Captain America even makes an appearance. Cute scene.
- Harry Potter-looking book with moving images
- Thor hangs up his hammer on a coat rack when entering an apartment.
- Soldiers using rocket launchers next to sword fighters
- Giant bowls of spices
Tips for parents: You can‚Äôt expect to see a Superhero battle evil without some violence, although you don‚Äôt see gruesome blood. (SPOILER ALERT) Thor‚Äôs hand gets cut off, but it‚Äôs a pretty sterile slice. The kissing is also pretty sterile. No bad language. Note the mention of Dr. Selvig‚Äôs blurred nakedness and underwear attire.
Grade: B+November 9th, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
With Thor 2, you would be expecting to have some more meat to the Timeline than Thor 1 did, as most of what Thor 1 was done to setup all the conflict and ideology of Asgard.This movie was suppose to delve more into the rich history and cultural machinations of Thor's Homeworld, but I think they were too many plot holes to justify it as Meat and Potatoes of the Thor Series, much like Empire Strikes Back was for Star Wars.
For one, the main villain of the Movie was completely forgettable. He didn't inspire fear in you, he didn't make you want to hate him, even after he did something pretty unforgivable in Marvel lore. But the saving grace of the entire villainy of the film was (and most likely will always be) Loki. He smart, conceiving, deceitful, loyal, misunderstood and sometimes just a little sad, which makes him easily the most likable villain on earth, and he soars in the movie higher than anyone else. Since the whole "Let's start putting Marvel in Theaters hand over fist" movement began, there's been one huge flaw that no one seems to be addressing, "The Art of Villainy". Good guy gets superpowers, Bad guy gets superpowers or just becomes powerful by some other means, Good Guy then stops bad guy after he already did the bad things, either by killing him or sending him to prison. You never can relate to these villains, you always just think their crazy people doing crazy things, then once they are put down, you forget about them and move on to the sequel. Loki is the anti-thesis to this, and Marvel definitely needs to step it up and release some more of best villains in their playbook.
The love interest of the Story was also a low point if I'd say so myself. Natalie Portman is a great actress, when the Movie suits her. Her and Thor seemed to have little on-screen chemistry together in this one though, I'm sorry to say. A large part of the movie is showing just how much each one is pining for the other as they are worlds apart, the next part of the movie is just trying to prove why they belong together, instead of, you know, actual relationship development: Signs of Self-Sacrifice, Forgiveness, Hardship. To her credit though, she did seem more of a Heroine than a helpless damsel in distress the whole movie, something I wish Marvel would capitalize on more, like what they did with Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3.
All in all, the best part of the movie was Thor's and Loki relationship. It's what you really root for the entire movie. The comedic and dramatic factors of their ties are what hold this movie together. Their Banter is easily the most enjoyable part of the movie hands down, but with them together, you feel like they belong together, forever, even if their Ideologues are always keeping them apart, there is always that one situation that they can come together and overcome it, and you inside you root for them to continue with the buddy act for as long as possible, even though in the back of your mind, you know they won't.
The Mature content in this film will cause it to go over the head of most 10 year olds and younger. While watching this film we had a nine year old sitting next to us in the Theater, and he was straight up bored the entire movie. The only time he perked up was when a brief cameo flashed on screen of another Avenger, then he promptly went back to kicking the seat in front of him. It's most likely not worth the little one's time, nor will the Neck Snapping and Ongoing Love Story be for them anyways.November 23rd, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
I went into this film with super high expectations and was not disappointed. As with the first film I found the relationship with Thor and Loki to be intriguing, complex and mystifying. You never know when loki is telling the truth or which side he really is on. Ultimately I think he is purely selfish and power-hungry and is on whatever side suits his interests. Yet the film keeps you guessing about his feelings for family. At some odd level, does Loki care for his brother? You be the judge.
The whole film is wildly entertaining and well thought out. The pacing rarely slows, which is a big difference from the first film. The quirky humor, present in Thor with the scientists (Jane, Erik, and the intern), has been brought into this film with a few twists that goes a little overboard in a few instances.
Another interesting part to this is a switching of roles with Thor and Odin. Whereas Odin was the patient all-knowing father figure in the 1st film; in this He comes off demanding, arrogant and a bit mean. It is Thor who seems to have it all figured out in this film, and his Father is the one schooled by him.
Despite a fake amputation of Thor's hand and brutal violence throughout, I feel this film could be handled by 13 yr olds plus, without any problems. Definitely worth your time.November 22nd, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
I am a fan of all the Marvel movies and especially the Avenger movies. I really liked the first Thor movie but I liked this one even more. There were twists I didn't expect, there was much more humor than the past movie but it was well placed. It is a great follow-up to a great start for Thor.December 6th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Things I liked:
The action was great, not the best fighting scenes, but they were fun to watch. I liked how they kept the humor and cute love story between Thor and Jane, but also liked how they finally added that possible future tension between Thor and Sif. I liked the look of the movie, the weapons design was fun and all the extra races they added into this movie was enjoyable. I loved Loki and his character overall. I think Tom does a great job portraying him. Loved the Captain America part.
Things I didn't like:
I think the number one thing that bothered me the most was that you have this huge alien ship crash in England and the government only sends two planes. Where were the police, the military, and most importantly where was SHIELD and the other heroes. Granted I understand that it was a Thor movie, but they had been integrated into each others lives now, I think there should have been something a little more. I think the villain was not really that intimidating or memorable. They didn't really explain why he wanted to destroy everything, the only explanation was that he thought the universe was corrupted in his eyes. But why? Give the villain more of a character. Think about it, what villains do you remember the most? Most of the time it's a villain that has a logical or good reason to do what he is doing. At least in his eyes. I love when they go deeper into the villain. This guy just seemed to be a "Cookie Cutter Villain" to me. All you had was some bad guy out to destroy with no real character development.
IN the end however I enjoyed the movie and would go see it again. The PG-13 rating was appropriate in general, but I think I would have a problem taking a 10+ year old child to it.
Parents be warned of several deaths, some up in your face and very personal. Language from mostly Jane's assistant. Some sexual content, mostly kissing and seeing Thor shirtless of course. Little bit of drinking with no drug content. Blurred out nudity, like seeing someone on the news.November 25th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Much better than the first Thor movie.November 22nd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
If you liked the first Thor and the other Avenger movies, than you will like this movie. It follows a similar story line of the other movies, with Thor saving Earth. The movie contains the right amount of action, romance, and comedy. I appreciated the fact that the ending fight scene was not over drawn out. But the ending did leave me wondering.November 19th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
This movie was surprisingly fun! I appreciated the fact that it didn't take itself too seriously. The sequel is better than the first movie in acting and character/plot development. Some parts are a little too intense for younger kids, but it's pretty squeaky clean otherwise.November 8th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Watching an old Hammer rap video would be preferable to slogging through the mallet-centric mishmash of Thor: The Dark World.
This sequel to the 2011 flagship from Marvel Studios is leaden, non-involving and filled with mind-numbing computer-generated effects. The story gives a nod to Norse mythology, but it should have focused less on the brawny god Thor and more on his cunning brother Loki, the god of mischief... See Full Review1 Thank ·
I saw Thor: The Dark World at a screening. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. I think I actually liked this Thor better than the first one. There was more personality in Jane Foster and I also felt like there was more depth to Thor in this movie. I really enjoyed the humor in this film. Surprisingly funny. Super hero movies should be fun; I mean it's super heros, you can't take them too seriously!1 Thank ·
At a high level, ‚ÄúThor‚Äù is kind of all over the place and uses some unbelievably convenient and under-explained solutions to move the story along. But before you let some over-sung exercise like logic prevent you from smiling, then laughing, and then smiling again for a solid 120 minutes, maybe ask yourself why you chose to see flying man on rainbow road in the first place.
"Dark World" is a lot of fun, and if you're in the market for some genuinely funny, big-budget fantasy adventure, you could do a lot worse than Alan Taylor's contribution to the Thor storyline.1 Thank ·
While the plot isn’t brilliant, Thor: The Dark World is more visceral and action packed than its predecessor. The design and cinematography are top notch. The Dark Elves, in particular, look suitably creepy and have neat technology. Best of all, however, is that Marvel knows how to have fun with its characters. There’s plenty of action and drama to keep everyone entertained, so all superhero loving Midgardians should give it a go... See Full Review
Some of our adult children recommended this to us. So we picked it up on DVD from Redbox and enjoyed it on our own "big screen" in the basement. It helped that we'd seen the previous Thor film. The characters and their interaction were more meaningful that way. It was based on a comic book, after all. So you have to take the story line and "science" of it all with a grain of salt. But it was very entertaining. The special effects were great.
I was curious about how/where the scenes of a desolate planet were filmed, and looked through the credits. It seems that was done in Iceland! But even if your not interested by that, fast forward into the credits and watch for the additional scenes. There's also a delightful Pixar short in the bonus features of the DVD.
This movie was better than the first! I enjoyed every second of it. It had a pretty distinct difference from the first movie because it involved a mature Thor that was faced with more King-like decisions to make versus the first movie which was primarily focused around a young prince who was trying to learn how to grow up and think of others and their well-being instead of himself. Well worth the time and money.December 30th, 2013 · Details
Fully faced my expectations
Great movie! Most sequels are not that great but Marvel does well at making good sequels. I almost think I liked the sequel better! Most of the movie does not take place on earth and there are some parts that will make you laugh. Though it is intense you don't feel haggard at the end. This movie has a perfect mix and some unexpected surprises.December 14th, 2013 · Details
love thorDecember 12th, 2013 · Details
LOVED it! was a great sequel, with Loki's twisted sense of humor injected into wonderful sweeping scenes of other world and Thor again saving the universe.December 11th, 2013 · Details
Great movie with a interesting twist at the end. Will definitely having you wonder what is next. Must see for everyone.
A little better than the first. Still a set up for the next avengers though and all the other Marvel films.
Director Alan Taylor, best known for helming the HBO drama "Game of Thrones," is in familiar territory here, wrapping his actors in a complex mythology while staging grand battle sequences worthy of "The Lord of the Rings."
Fortunately, it's not all gloom and doom as the film's title suggests. There's a good deal of humor to lighten the mood, and some worthy messages about family, honor, and a Christian sense of self-sacrifice to vanquish evil and protect the innocent... See Full Review
Pantlessness aside, there are some genuinely funny moments, including a surprise appearance by one of the other Avengers and a mid-battle trip on the subway. The fight scenes are strong, well staged by ‚ÄúGame of Thrones‚Äù director Alan Taylor, and there are some predictably cool special effects. Rene Russo is fine as Frieda and there are not one but two extra scenes in the credits. But the reason to see the movie is Loki ‚Äî he should get his own movie next time around... See Full Review
While the storyline may be missing, the visuals and special effects it offers are impressive. The movie also refuses to take itself too seriously (a nice diversion for those of us who are not into the details of the comic book characters). The inclusion of humor, along with relatively few profanities and only a brief depiction of a nude character with particular body parts carefully pixilated, means the violence will be the biggest concern for families looking for an entertainment option... See Full Review
THOR: THE DARK WORLD is almost the perfect popcorn movie. The story builds excitement and fun as it develops. It relies on action, character, humor, and romance rather than violence or sex, leading to a satisfying conclusion. THE DARK WORLD has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. Doing the right thing is lifted up, as is being ready to sacrifice your life for others. There is some foul language, pixilated naked crazy man and violence, so THOR: THE DARK WORLD warrants caution... See Full Review
Soon, I discovered that I just needed to roll with it and not overthink it. I‚Äôm sure that true comic aficionados have insights and clarity that your humble critic can only dream of.
But I will say that the film is entertaining. It‚Äôs fun to have all of the great characters back, and all do a great job, especially Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He is diabolically delightful... See Full Review
The design is brighter and sharper, the jokes are broader and the villainy utterly generic in this by-the-(comic)-book adaptation, directed by ‚ÄúGame of Thrones‚Äù vet Alan Taylor. He made sure not to screw up the formula and the tone that Kenneth Branagh set with the first film. He barely tampered with it at all... See Full Review