Flash Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

There is a feeling of anxious anticipation many of us experience when our budding romantic interest says they will call or see us later. The heart trips over the flow of excited joy as the mind tries to recall if there are any commitments on your mental calendar. You want to be available and you want to be ready when you see or hear from them again. But as the days pass without any sign from them, all of the excitement dives into a vat of thick, questioning self-doubt. You start picking at every detail from the previous meeting, seeking out a reason why they have not called you. It can turn into a vicious cycle that very few people are immune from. Even if your boyfriend is a super hero it can still happen; just ask Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman (No Strings Attached, Brothers), who was waiting for 2 years. In this action adventure sequel there was a reason why Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Rush), did not come back to see Jane. He was busy trying to establish order in the nine realms. But when an ancient race of beings lead by Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Amelia), sought to convert the realms into their world; Thor had a good reason why he had not called Jane. I am being silly to match the silliness that was in this fantasy film. It was too much for me. I would have preferred a little more seriousness interjected into some of the scenes to make them more dramatic. Though the returning cast was okay for the most part, the scene stealer was Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Midnight in Paris) as Loki. He had the strongest presence out of everyone, including Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock,The Wolfman) as Odin. What lost it for me was the jumbled story line. The jumping back and forth between dimensions, if that is even what they were, was too confusing. I felt it took some excitement away from the fight scenes. It was a shame because I really liked the great stylish look to the movie. In a way I guess I had been waiting for this sequel like it was a 2nd date. Too bad the anticipation for it was more exciting than the actual viewing. If you do watch this film, stay through both sets of credits.


2 2/3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. i actually like the movie, especially the special effects!

  2. Looks like a great move and the leading man is incredibly “dashing” to say the least!

  3. I thought it was very well done and actually surprisingly good considering most sequels are dissappointing. If it were not for Star Trek… Thor would have been best movie of the year for me (so far).

    • I am glad you got so much joy out of this movie. To me if a movie can move someone then it did its job. Visually I thought the film was wonderful; the silliness aspect got to be a little too much for me. By the way, Star Trek is my favorite sci fi movie this year, too.

  4. I agree that Loki was the most interesting character in the film. Thanks for your post.

  5. Marvel rocks!
    Thor gives us some fun. Wonderful movie!

  6. There has been a lot of hype around this movie but I think I will skip it based on your review! Thanks for the honesty.

    • Please, I am glad I can help. As I wrote to another blogger, if you are more of a visual person you may want to see this film on the big screen. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  7. I surprisingly enjoyed the first movie as I am not a huge fan of superhero genre (although myths and legends, yes) but I thought Kenneth Branagh’s direction was inspired. It felt very Shakespearian (as you would expect I am sure). So I was indeed looking forward to seeing the sequel. But I must admit the shorts I saw left me a little worried and perhaps I am right to be nervous. It’s a pity Kenneth didn’t direct the sequel. Thanks for the review!

    • Thank you, it was my pleasure. If you are more of a visual person, you may prefer seeing this film on the big screen. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t as good as it could have been.

  8. I really enjoyed it and in particular the humour that was carried over from The Avengers even though it was a different director. I think they’ve finally nailed a style for the Marvel movies that works and I look forward to the next few instalments which hopefully won’t be ruined like so many promising series have been before. *cough Star Wars, The Matrix cough*

    • Hi and thanks for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed watching this film and I agree with you; I hope the movie studio doesn’t drain the life out of the series with their future installments.

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