Saturday, November 30, 2013

MINI-REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World 3D

Thor: The Dark World

Chris Hemsworth,
Natalie Portman


November 8, 2013

Alan Taylor

Marvel (Disney)

1 hour 52 minutes



At long last, the return of everyone's favorite superhero, Thor!  Ok, let's be honest here: who here was on their knees begging for a sequel to 2011's "Thor?"  As much as I enjoyed the first one, I wasn't exactly clamoring for another one, even considering the curiosity that peaked to my head on where the other superheros would be after the events of "The Avengers."  Well, back in May we found out what Tony Stark/Iron Man was up to, and next year we find out what Steve Rogers/Captain America has been up to.  So for now, we have "Thor: The Dark World," which is a solid sequel, I must say.  It's not as good as "The Dark Knight" or "Iron Man 3," for example, but it is still a fun superhero flick that is worth checking out if you want to see the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a way, it's the same movie as the original "Thor," meaning it has great visuals, decent humor, a ridiculous name for ridiculous and stupid villains, and a scene-stealing performance from Tom Hiddleston.  The film isn't exactly special on any account, but it is at least more entertaining and better in quality than "The Wolverine."  I admire Disney doing these types of movies as filler between the "Avengers" installments, because it gives these superheroes their moments to shine which they might not receive in the huge crossover flicks.  If you're looking to fill that gap that's in between "Iron Man 3" and next year's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," then this is probably the best way they could have done it.

I will say, though, that the villains of the film are incredibly stupid and unintentionally hilarious, and Sir Anthony Hopkins was pretty annoying at times.  Plus, the film was a bit slow at times, though that could have just been because I was really tired when I went to see the film.  Nevertheless, "Thor: The Dark World" is a satisfactory superhero flick that will really get you excited for the next Marvel movies coming out, and this is partially thanks to the insanely awesome mid-credits scene in the film.  However, it's not worth seeing in 3D, even if you get 5 minutes of "Captain America" footage preceding the movie.



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