Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

***SPOILER FREE REVIEW***

Directed by Alan Taylor

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth
Natalie Portman
Tom Hiddleston
Anthony Hopkins
Stellan SkarsgΓ₯rd
Idris Elba
Christopher Eccleston
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Kat Dennings
Ray Stevenson
Zachary Levi
Tadanobu Asano
Jaimie Alexander
Rene Russo

Running time: 112 minutes

Plot Synopsis:
Yada yada Odin. Yada yada Asgard. Yada yada something called Aether. Yada yada Malekith. Yada yada Rene Russo. Yada yada not much Loki. Yada yada Nine Realms. Hubba hubba CHRIS HEMSWORTH!

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My Opinion:

Chris Hemsworth is rather attractive. Like, almost annoyingly attractive. Like, “it should be illegal to be that attractive” attractive. If I was a man, I’d probably want to punch that pretty face. But I’m a girl so I just want to kiss that pretty face. And those eyes! I don’t normally like blue eyes but his are so lovely! You know someone is too attractive when Natalie Portman looks really plain standing next to them. And there’s a shirtless scene close to the start of this movie where they maybe linger a bit too long on the lovely half-naked Thor (which supposedly really annoyed Hemsworth?). I had no problem with this scene….

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Okay okay – That’s not from Thor. I can’t find an image from the shirtless scene but, trust me, I’ll post it when I do. You know I came through for you all in finding his bum scene from the wonderful Rush. πŸ˜‰

Where was I? Oh yeah – Thor review! I got distracted. Well, it’s like my above plot synopsis. Blah blah weird names I’ll never remember blah blah Natalie Portman blah blah the necessary quick mention of S.H.I.E.L.D. thrown in there blah blah THOR! Okay – I know this all sounds like I didn’t enjoy this but I’m just exhausted and not in the right mood to do some serious review. I really liked The Dark World! I actually preferred it to the first Thor movie and it was, luckily, FAR better than this year’s other superhero films which I found extremely disappointing (Iron Man 3 & especially that OTT Man Of Steel).

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I’ve said it before with other films like this but I better say it again: I know nothing about comic books. I’ve never read any so, when I watch superhero movies, I know pretty much nothing about the characters and the stories. This is nice, though, because I don’t have to worry about all that fanboy (err… fangirl) stuff where they always end up pissed off about something. I can just enjoy the movie. Or not enjoy the movie. When Man Of Steel came out, I did a list of My Top Ten Superhero Movies HERE. I may have to update the list, actually, as I think Thor: The Dark World may now be at number nine or ten. πŸ™‚

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With the first film… I dunno. I liked it but obviously they had to set up the characters and I really knew nothing about Thor and it all seemed a little weird. But now we know Thor, Loki, and Dr. Erik Selvig a bit better (especially after The Avengers) and it was easier to just sit back & enjoy the film without worrying too much about all the “blah blah Asgard yada yada” stuff. Actually, I liked seeing quite a lot of Asgard this time – I thought that would get boring. It’s lovely – especially that cool bridge thing (Um, the BifrΓΆst? Thank god for Wikipedia!). I do love that funky bridge. And Heimdall is a cool dude.

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Rene Russo was good in this and I especially liked all the bits with her but I can’t say much more without spoilers. I like the Kat Dennings character and the comic relief she provides but that might not be for everyone. Loki is underused in this one which some probably won’t appreciate but I don’t care – it’s all about Thor for me! The bad guys looked kind of cool and I liked their masks – they looked like something out of Doctor Who. And speaking of Doctor Who, I didn’t even know that was Christopher Eccleston until the credits rolled.

20131106-092353 pm.jpgAll in all, I just really enjoyed all the “blah blah Asgard Aether Odin Nine Realms yada yada” stuff this time! Its only flaw (for me) is Natalie Portman. Not that I don’t like her – I do! But I’ve always felt it was an odd role for her and she just doesn’t seem to “fit” plus I feel NO chemistry between her & Thor. But this is really my only complaint – I like everything else about this. Oh, and the “final battle” was much better than in the first film – the end of the first film was a bit weak. To think some of this was filmed not that terribly far away from me in England! Chris Hemsworth was so close to me. So close yet… so far… *sigh*

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Summary:

Thor: The Dark World improves on the original film and I enjoyed it much more this time around now that I know all the characters a bit better. It’s a worthy addition to the superhero universe. I’m now once again looking forward to further superhero films – I’d lost hope after Iron Man 3 & especially Man Of Steel. The Dark World is funny when it needs to be, serious when it needs to be, and action-packed when it needs to be. I liked it a lot!

My Rating: 8/10

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Scene After The Credits? – Of course! It’s a superhero movie! And there’s not only one but TWO. One is halfway through the credits and the other one is at the very end. So stick around and try to hold in your pee.

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47 thoughts on “Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

  1. I like all of your stuff but I like this a lot – sometimes it’s good to cut loose and do away with seriousness. And natural gasses! FFT FFT FFFFFFFFFT

    • Thanks! I was very proud of myself for not mentioning Hemsworth’s hotness at all in my Rush review. That was very adult of me! But, not this time. Screw it. It’s the main reason I went to this! :-p

  2. Much to my surprise, this story has bite and these characters still work and are somewhat interesting. Buckets of fun, especially if you consider how enjoyed and pleased half of the cast is with this material here. Good review.

  3. Well I am a man and I have something of a man crush on Mr Hemsworth. I wouldn’t say I want to kiss his pretty face, although if the opportunity arose I don’t know if I’d resist. The handsome fellow πŸ™‚ As for the film, I really enjoyed it, more than the first. Tom Hiddleston is still awesome and I actually liked how we saw a bit more of Asgard and the other worlds this time around. It was also really quite funny in places too. Great review πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! And glad you agree about the lovely Hemsworth. πŸ˜‰ Yeah – I think I liked all the bits on Asgard the most and I didn’t think I would. Really had fun with this one. πŸ™‚

  4. I saw this last night and I thought it was a LOT better than the first one. Of course the Hems is utterly lovely but I prefer him a bit smaller than hulking size he has to be for Thor. I absolutely agree about Natalie Portman. It does seem like a weird role for her and there is a lack of chemistry.

    • I call dibs on Rush Hemsworth! πŸ˜‰ Much more my type. Too many muscles scare me a little. And, yeah – I feel no chemistry between them at all. :-/ Oh well, could be worse – it could be Gwyneth like in Iron Man… *shudder*

      • Maybe we can get a timeshare of him. I think I could make him part of my work out routine πŸ˜‰ But yes, Gwyneth… terrible!

  5. I always love it when you write about Chris Hemsworth! He is just so awesome! I’m going to try to get the boyfriend to go with me to see it this weekend. Its really between this and Ender’s Game….haha! But Chris Hemsworth half naked seems to be winning, just as long as I don’t tell my boyfriend πŸ˜‰

    • Hehe – Don’t tell him! You won’t regret choosing half naked Thor. πŸ˜‰ I really enjoyed the film – it’s a lot of fun. Not seen Ender’s Game but that’s getting very mixed reviews…

  6. This comes out tomorrow in the U.S. Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks to what they’re calling “The Avengers Effect” it’s expected to do just shy of $100 million in just its opening weekend.

    • Yay! πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it! I’ve seen some very negative reviews on here today. I don’t know what those people are smoking – it was fun & better than the first. I’m having a grumpy weekend & now deciding whether to watch a movie or sleep off my grumpiness. Hope you’re having a better weekend! πŸ™‚

      • I think some people get negative to draw in some traffic or simply expect too much. What’s not to like about this? I mean, who the fuck goes to see Gravity and then comes out and publicly bitches about the fucking dialogue??? That’s not a movie intending to showcase crisp dialogue forchristssake. I thought Thor was pretty entertaining. What’s not to like?

        I hope your weekend gets better! Mines good, just saw a good movie and had a movie hot dog : )

      • Movie hot dog? That’s brave! Always popcorn for me. πŸ™‚ People suck and are grumpy fuckers… What’s not to like about a half naked dirty Thor washing himself? Seeing Gravity sometime over the next few days. Finally! πŸ™‚

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