Genre: Action, fantasy, superhero
Running Time: 112 minutes
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Anthony Hopkins
Synopsis: Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, 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.
Release date in Malaysia: October 31st 2013
Distributor / studio: Walt Disney Studios / Marvel Studios
Verdict: Thorific (the ‘t’ is not silent)! Largely due to its awesome visual effects and charming performance by the cast, Thor 2: The Dark World is a thoroughly entertaining sequel infused with loads of cool action sequences and a few surprises, surpassing the first film despite the more convenient storyline and extremely light and humourous approach. The hilarious cameo appearance by Chris Evans in the middle of the film and the little twist before the credits roll have definitely took me by surprise a little bit. Also, it’s a major relief that it didn’t turn out to be as pretentious as its title suggests. Director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) was a very good choice indeed but the question remains, how many more times can Marvel and all these film makers creatively produce such enjoyable superhero flicks with the similar alien invasion formula while neglecting emotional realism at times?
Second opinion: My girlfriend was as unexcited as me before watching the film and she’s just as surprised as how good it turned to be. She finds it quite unpredictable as well.
What’s clarified and what’s not: There’s a nicely placed, unforced conversation where it’s clearly clarified that Asgardians live, get sick and die like humans and hence they are not gods. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) also explains to his human girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) why he didn’t go looking for her earlier. However, there is still no attempt to answer why Asgardians’ main language is English but the villains like the Dark Elves have their own alien language. Also, there’s yet another massive alien invasion that could’ve easily destroy Earth but neither S.H.I.E.L.D. nor the Avengers are there to help out. Guess it’s no biggie to them?
Jane Foster has a strong bitch slap: She seems to be able to slap two mighty Asgardians’ face effectively without hurting her own hand.
Let’s discuss the ending of Thor 2:
I almost predicted everything correctly, almost…
Yes, there is a mid-credit scene AND a post-credit scene!
To watch in 3D? I didn’t watch it in 3-D but it was converted in post-production so… I wouldn’t hope that there’d be any difference compared to normal or 2-D viewing.
Malaysian censorship: Our local board of film censorship was not needed in action, thankfully. If only it stays that way.
Rating: 4 / 5