Friday, November 1, 2013


Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and the rest of the heroes and villains of the Asgard have returned for a second serving of action and adventure in Marvel Studios' THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Conforming with what's 'proper' this is non-spoilery. 

Like the last movie, I'm still pretty much impressed with the star power. Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba and Kat Dennings just to name a few are all great actors. Newcomers Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who, G.I.Joe Rise of Cobra) are totally exceptional in their roles as Fandral the Dashing and Malekith the Accursed. But while the star power was good, some stars just didn't float enough. Natalie Portman and Hemsworth's romance was dry; Hiddleston's Loki was written to actually make him look like the real star of the movie. The Warriors Three and Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) all get even shorter screen times. Finally, Hopkins as Odin was a little tired and uninspired. 

Visuals were great. It's a facelift from the last Thor movie. This is a world where people actually live in. Given that the film is directed by Game of Thrones' director Alan Taylor, it's pretty obvious that he knows how to do these kinds of things. I totally loved the feel for Asgard here. The fighting is intense which again perpetuates the word 'Hammer Time'. 

One of the greater things about THOR: THE DARK WORLD is the smarter, funnier script. Some times they obviously try to seem funny and it's 50/50. Some are just comedy gold especially the lighter scenes between the brothers Thor & Loki. 

Speaking of Loki and Thor, the cameos in this film just blew me out of the room. To avoid even sending you to spoiler territory, let's just leave it at that. 

THOR: THE DARK WORLD was never clear with it's role in the general scheme of things within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was simply a movie that was created to make more money for Marvel and create additional tension for this beautiful and savage world that Marvel created. That's my minor annoyance here but that's something I can live with. The action after all is fun and wicked and it certainly gave me more reason to forgive the movie. In fact the moment the Kronan stoneman appeared and Thor literally crumbles the damned thing, every critical thought about the film was chucked out the window. 

Fun Fact: The Stoneman was an easter egg and a reference to the first appearance of Thor, which was in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY # 1. This was the issue where Donald Blake finds the cane that transforms into Mjolnir
Final pieces of advice, the 3D works well but it's not really going to ruin anything if you don't see it in 3D or IMAX.

VERDICT: B(-) Big in action, dull in romance, great in comedy and fanservice through and through.

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Also major thanks to Walt Disney Pictures Philippines

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