Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

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Director: Alan Taylor
Rating: PG-13
Stars:  Chris HemsworthNatalie PortmanTom Hiddleston
Soundtrack:  Brian Tyler
(spoiler-free)

"The Dark World": a fitting title, echoing the hopes of a certain villain - but villain doesn't seem to be the right word. He's the bad guy and he is, or creates, the problem, but his character isn't really delved into. In terms of "bad guys" we're more focused on Loki. Loki...he's this character who could be so good - magnificent, with his intellect - but he makes bad choices. And choices have consequences. Loki...he - he's angry. And he has good cause; but there's good anger and there's bad anger. And whatever his anger started out as, now it's bad. Rooted in self and ego instead of the one other possibility: love. 

Odin is always referring back to the same idea: that Thor be worthy of the hammer - of its power. Odin is Thor's dad - worthy has to do with a state of heart, and that's what Odin's concerned about. I think this concern is adopted by Thor for Loki; Thor wants so badly to be able to trust Loki.

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I liked that we get see more of Asgard, we get more of a feel for what Thor is fighting for in terms of "home", and where he comes from. We get a glimpse of what it must have been like before Loki turned "to the dark side"; of how his family functioned: well. Not perfectly, but 'well' doesn't mean 'perfect'. We get to know his family more, and realize how important it is to him - and not just emotionally. He wouldn't be who he is without Odin, Frigga, and Loki. I was just remembering from a YouTube video I watched with my sister interviewing Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth , how Tom Hiddleston described Loki and Thor as defining each other. It's like they're opposites. 

Odin may not be perfect, but he's a model for Thor, someone to look up to; even if he's not always right. There was one scene in particular that I liked in Asgard, it almost felt like ChristmasI love Christmas. Thor's mom is awesome. 

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Gosh, I do just love - love-love-love - the Marvel universe. I'm looking forward to seeing The Dark World again, looking forward to all the new things there'll be to notice. There's always more to see the second time.

Even though we don't see a whole lot of Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg we do get just the right amount of time with them and a little more character, just enough. There was a good balance of humor and solemnity, and a lot of very funny parts.

The Dark World starts out very similarly to the beginning of Thor. It's a nice sort of nod to Kenneth Branagh's awesome piece of work, besides being a nice way to start. 

I love the picture below and the scene that goes with it. It was one of my favorite sections of the film - one of the most interesting, it makes you really think about the characters. Any scenes with Thor and Loki together are bound to be awesome. 


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my rating: 5/5

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Thor: The Dark World (please be sure to mark your comment "spoilers" if it contains any)! Or if you've written a review I'd love to read it if you care to leave a link.

26 comments:

  1. Sounds very cool, S! Looking forward to seeing it in 9 days!

    T

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    1. Yayyy!!! :D Is it really just 9 days already!? It's going to be so fun! :)

      I like your profile pic. :)

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  2. I can never understand people who don't like Darcy. She's so great! That breath of fresh air we need whenever Jane starts to get too swoony-woony. Also, she calls Mjolnir "mew-mew," which busts me up.

    (Thor's mom's name is Frigga, btw.)

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    1. Oh, yes. Mew-mew is the best. :) I love that part when it's flying past the window and she yells out "mew-mew!". She is great! :)

      (Yes, thank you. I couldn't remember it and when I googled it Jorden or something came up...doesn't make sense. But I've fixed it up there on the post. Frigga is definitely a better name for her than Jorden! lol)

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  3. Great review, glad you enjoyed the movie!! :D I went and saw it this weekend and I should have a review up soon.
    I agree, any scenes with Thor and Loki were awesome and I loved seeing more of Asgard(the animation for that was stunning).

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    1. Thank you! Awesome; I look forward to reading it!
      Weren't they, though?! Me too. Man, it really was - one of my favorite parts of the movie is just how Asgard looks! :)

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  4. Great review! I'm glad you liked the movie so much! I love what you said about Loki, and the scene that goes with your last picture... yeah, that's my favorite one too. Second favorite then, would have to be as they walk down the hallway... ;) Thor and Loki were awesome together in this movie. :D

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I LOVED it. :D Thanks (again). He's such a complicated character! ...so easily likable, and yet still the bad guy.... Oh, good. :D Awesomeness. YES! That scene is...ahh, so fun. I totally agree, such a pair!

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  5. Sounds so awesome!! I can't wait to see it! Wonderful review!
    Christina

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    1. It really is. :) You have something very enjoyable in your future! ;) Thank you! xx

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  6. SO MUCH AWESOME!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see it again with you-know-who =)
    XXX,
    Dotty

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    1. Yes it is, isn't it!? I know exactly who and what you mean -- and I agree. =D
      xx

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  7. Awesome review. Though you forgot to mention Darcy's intern. ;) lol! The bit about Loki & Thor & Odin at the beginning was very well said. xox

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    1. Thank you. :D I didn't forget, I just didn't want to spoil the surprise for anyone who didn't know about him already (I didn't before watching the movie); but, yeah, he is fun(ny). :) Thank you, Hannah. xxx

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  8. Nice review! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I loved seeing Loki and Thor get some 'quality' time together! :P

    ~Jamie

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    1. Thank you! I really did. :) lol Such a way to put it! But yes, exactly!! :) I love all the scenes with the two of them.
      xx

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  9. I loved this movie so much!
    *tiny spoiler*
    I love the Captain America part! So many funny parts! Darcy is like, my fav. Character!
    I like watching movies over and over again, cuz i always get more out of them:)
    Awesome movie review!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it!!! :D It is great!

      ME TOO!!! :) Yes, me too - almost, anyway. :) She's so fun.
      Oh, exactly! There's always more. :) So much detail goes into everything about them (in well made movies, anyway)!
      Thank you very much! :)
      xx

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  10. I'm so glad someone else out there likes the movie Thor. I do to! You should check my blog. I posted about Thor 2 Well, it's just one picture. I think I'm going to post more about it in the future when I have time. I love you blog. BTW

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    1. Yes I do! So glad you do too! What fine taste you have! ;) Cool! I'll go check it out right now.
      Thank you very much, Sarah! :)

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  11. *Spoilers*

    Great review! :)

    Loki's fake out betrayal was shocking, especially when he "cut off" Thor's hand. That was a fantastic scene, although every scene with Hiddleston was fantastic. Overall, I loved the movie, easily one of the best movies of the year. It was so much fun, and the humor was great.

    Here is a link to my review if you want to check it out. :)

    http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2013/11/thor-dark-world-review.html

    -James

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    1. Thanks!

      It really was a fantastic scene. Yes, totally agree, so many FUNNY parts!! :)

      Okay, will do. :)

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  12. I saw this movie last weekend with some friends and thought it was brilliant!

    The plot twists are so much better than in the first movie, and there were a lot of great one-liners that had the whole cinema full of people laughing out loud with us, which was awesome :)

    Thanks for your review, it was great!

    Maddy :)

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    1. Cool! I bet you had you a great time! :)

      Yes, there really were some great twists. That's so fun! It was like that when I saw it too - particularly that scene when Thor hangs up his hammer on the coat rack. :)

      Thanks a lot Maddy! And thanks for commenting! :)

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  13. Want to watch this movie! :) I've seen a few great reviews on it - apparently it's cool. Nice review!
    Tane ♥

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    1. I'm sure you'd love it. :) Thanks Tane!
      xx

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