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Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Posted: November 11, 2013 by Noccie in Movies, Noccie
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Thor: The Dark World is a well made, fast paced action movie that takes comic book movies to the next level. The plot is complicated and has depth at more than one level. Their are multiple story lines that converge and re-emerge later with only partial resolution alluding to a sequel. There are cameos of characters from the franchise of Marvel movies and also an all star cast of background characters played by well known actors and actresses. Just about everything you want is in this film.

The Plot so far…  After the last Avengers movie Thor went home. He hasn’t seen his girlfriend, Jane Foster, in two years. A convergence of the 9 realms has begun awaking riffs between the different worlds. An emeny from far in the past has come back to take advantage of the convergence. This danger will bring him back together with friends, foes and Jane Foster.

Spoilers Below:

 

 

Does it look like rain?

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Thor starts with an epic battle on one of the 9 realms. Sif is leading the battle, and WINNING when Thor shows up and puts an end to the whole thing. He uses his hammer and puts it through the head of a rock giant. The enemy army gives up after seeing that. You learn that he’s been setting the realms back to peace by ending war and pushing back invading armies.

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Meanwhile on Earth, Jane Foster has thrown herself back into the dating pool. On her first date, Darcy interrupts when her equipment starts picking up some wild signals. The signals start weighing on Jane’s mind and she leaves the date to run around with Darcy and the intern, Ian. Tracking the signals to an abandoned warehouse, some kids show them a vortex that makes a vehicle float and another that lets you thrown things into it and come out above them in an endless loop. Upon investigation Jane gets sucked into another place and accidentally infects herself with the Ether. This alerts Thor to some danger because Jane falls from the view of Heimdall. Traveling to Earth just in time for Jane to return after missing for five hours.

The police are at the site because Darcy called the cops. The police want to arrest them because they are trespassing on private property. When they try to arrest Jane, the Ether explodes. Thor takes her with him to his home, much to the displeasure of his Father Odin. His Father has been trying to discourage him from choosing Jane as his wife and choosing Sif instead. Odin is very upset and doesn’t want to help get rid of the Ether at all. Before they can figure out what to do with Jane, a jail break in their dungeon distracts them long enough that they are attacked by the mysterious Dark Elves.

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Jane goes off with Thor’s Mother, Frigga to keep her safe. Frigga fights with all her might to keep Jane away from the leader of the dark elves, Malekith. They manage to keep Jane safe but the city is in ruins. Odin closes down all the passages as Thor sets a plan in place.

 

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Thor, The Warriors Three, Sif and Loki hatch a crazy, Oceans 11 style escape from Aasgard to get to the Dark World and meet up with the dark elf army. This was a ploy to get rid of the Ether inside of Jane, before it could kill her.

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Loki helps Thor because he wants revenge for the death of Frigga, his beloved Mother. They meet the elves and everything goes wrong from here. That is all I will say. I am not going to totally ruin this for you.

This is a really solid movie. I felt it moved too fast but it is a two hour movie. There were scenes that felt awkwardly edited. You could almost feel where they had cut out scenes. It’s so obvious because this movie barely passes the Bechdel  test. There are parts where you know, the female characters probably WERE talking about men but that part of the dialogue was cut out to move the plot along. Thor is entertaining because he is still trying to learn how to be a good leader. Loki is entertaining because you feel bad for him for a little while. He’s such a brat, but he loves his Mother. He just doesn’t know how to show his love outside his rage and anger. The character of Jane Foster was rather irritating. It was like watching Bella from Twilight if she grew up to be a scientist. All she wanted was Thor back. Yes, love hurts but I really would like a female character on screen that likes something more than boys. Most of her scenes were similar to video games with “escort missions.” She was constantly being lead from one place to another by someone trying to save her life. Darcy was pretty funny, that’s her assistant, but she was busy flirting with Intern Ian through emotional abuse and sarcasm. Sif needed more screen time, period. Her scenes were truncated and her lines were even more so. Frigga was amazing. It would have been great to see more of her and how she worked the men as an adviser. Enough of my feminist rant.

Favorite moment: Thor telling Loki how he wished he could trust him. That scene just blew me away.

Second Favorite Moment:  Jane Foster on the table being examined by a bunch of female healers. Jane’s character is smart and funny. All the actresses in the scene are fantastic. Alice Krige is the main doctor. She’s well known for being the Queen Borg in First Contact and for Christabell in the Silent Hill Movie. Talulah Riley is one of the nurses. If you don’t know her, it’s because she’s a British Actress. I expect to see good things in her future. Check out a movie called St. Trinian’s. Hilarious!

Third Favorite Moment: Loki impersonates Captain America.

Stay through the WHOLE CREDITS. They do more than one scene setting up for the next movie.

Would I see it again? Yes. 🙂

I know that’s sad. I have all that feminist ranting about the characters but I would go see it again. It’s actually a very good movie with a sophisticated, operatic feel.

Also… did you spot Stan Lee?

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