Even the opening voiceover and action sequence looks like the beginning of LOTR.
Movie: Thor: The Dark World
Release: October 30, 2013
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Rene Russo
A powerful thingy that one guy seeks to rule everything and bring in the reign of darkness, another person finds it and possesses it, then there is a journey to destroy it. Come on it is a little bit of a LOTR rip-off! (Okay, I will stop)
Since a good chunk of the movie’s run time takes place in Asgard, there is definitely an absence of the theatrical feel Kenneth Bragnah brought to the first Thor much to the movie’s detriment. Hopefully whoever they get to direct Thor: Ragnarok will know how to bring that element back or find some other way of making the scenes in the Nine Realms look less CGIish. The Dark World is a lot like Iron Man 3, it is not a completely horrible movie, but there are a lot of flaws that are hard to look past. The action is fast, chaotic, and fun to watch, and we get more of Tom Hiddleston just being awesome. Loki almost takes over the whole movie and steals the spotlight from Thor and Malekith (Eccleston), and no one is complaining about that. We have a nice little treat when Chris Evans makes a cameo and as Steve Rodgers and gets to do a Tom Hiddleston/Loki impression. It is a great moment of payback for Evans, Hiddleston was doing impressions of him during the press tours for The Avengers.
More of the hero’s trauma from the fallout of The Avengers with Selvig losing his nut because of the things the Tesseract showed him and Loki playing with his brain. It adds a nice bit of comedy (and plot convenience) and Skarsgard is at his best when he plays an unhinged person. No other element of consequences from The Avengers is present. When the Dark Elves’ ship shows up in the middle of Greenwich, there are people running away from it in order to not get crushed, but the people in the library are standing around taking pics of Thor. Did they not see the footage of the Battle of New York when bystanders are getting killed by the Chitauri? Obviously not.
How did no one in the movie see that Loki was just playing at dying, and why did the director think the reveal that Odin is actually Loki in the end would be a surprise to any of us? It fits in with Loki’s MO and it is not like he does not drop obvious hints that he will betray Thor the first chance he gets. He has never been the self-sacrificing type and the moment was unearned. It could only mean bad story telling or plot twist. Plus no one in the MCU has died so far. Why they would start now with a character everyone likes more than the title character? But hey, this allows Thor to move to Earth permanently and be in all the action for Age of Ultron, and it will mean Loki will be front and center for Ragnarok. All good things. How does Heimdall not see that Odin is now Loki? Is he incapacitated in some way or banished? I need some theories because we know Elba and Hiddleston will show up in Ultron in some way to possibly explain this, but I have no clue what to expect.
The mid-credits introduces the super weird Collector and Benicio Del Torro to the MCU as well as officially bringing in the sub-plot of the Infinity Stones. The Aether is a stone, so is the Tesseract, (but everyone correctly guessed that when Thanos was shown at the mid-credits in The Avengers) and now there are four more that have yet to be identified. Remember kiddos, the Infinity Gauntlet is in Odin’s trophy room, we see it briefly in Thor, and the Tesseract is there as well. Sub-plot for Loki in Ragnarok? I’m just more excited about Del Torro having a part in future movies and the very strange Collector character he plays. The MCU has enough normal acting characters, now they need some more cool bizarre ones like him happening.
What are some of your theories for Ragnarok? Did you enjoy Thor: The Dark World? Talk at me in the comments section. Next up on the list, Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Stay nerdy my friends!
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