Movie review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Loki and Thor in Thor 2 Dark World still

Thor 2 The Dark World large poster malaysiaGenre: Action, fantasy, superhero
Rated: P13
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

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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 certainly didn’t see that twist coming at the end. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is revealed to be still alive and now disguising as Odin for the throne. This indicates that he has either killed or imprisoned Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after being able to sneak back to Asgard in the form of an Argardian scout who was sent to check on Thor. He would most likely be the villain again in the future Thor sequel. Producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that Loki will not make an appearance in the coming Avengers film.

I almost predicted everything correctly, almost

Yes, there is a mid-credit scene AND a post-credit scene!

In the mid-credit scene, Volstagg and Sif takes part of the Aether (or at least that’s what I think it is) to an alien dude’s “collection” place for safekeeping. As soon as they turn around and leave, this unknown character looks at the Aether-like object and says “1 down, 5 more to go” (or something like that) with a face of evil intentions. Any hardcore Marvel comic book fan wanna enlighten me who this fellow may be? The post credit scene only lasts for like 10 seconds with Thor transported to Jane Foster’s balcony and kisses her, indicating that he’ll be staying in the human realm permanently; and the giant alien monster that was mistakenly teleported to Earth during the final showdown between Thor and Malekith is running around freely chasing birds like an ordinary animal.

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

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    1. Jackie Loi

      And when the collector mentioned about 1 down 5 more to go, he meant the infinity stone (I think this is what it call) that wear by Thonos Gauntlet which probably lead to avenger 3. The aether and teserract is 1 of the stone.

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  1. Joel Wong

    I know why the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D weren't there to help. the entire battle takes place in the UK (Greenwich and London etc). There's no threat to America, so naturally Cap and gang won't be bothered. HAHAHA!

  2. Nick X

    The Collector was probably helping Thanos to assemble the Infinity Stones (called Infinity Gems in the comics) to form the Infinity Gauntlet…a weapon used by Thanos…which required six gems..
    Aether — Power Stone
    Tesseract — Space Stone
    next year's Guardians of the Galaxy will probably feature another Infinity Stone ~~

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