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Thor: The Dark World

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In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.
Directors
Alan Taylor
Starring
Chris HemsworthNatalie PortmanTom Hiddleston
Genres
AdventureActionFantasy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Honest JohnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mjölnir !
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Yes - this is good - it's one of those again where I'm scratching my head wondering why people don't rate it. Better than the first I would say - slightly less good then the 3rd (unless you're a Warriors Three fan).
Got it for the 3D which is good I have to say - I can watch this film over and over again to be honest.
Do you know Christopher Eccleston? The actor who dropped out of Dr Who after a single series and refused to turn up for the Matt Smith David Tennant episode - the serious act-TOR who doesn't want to be associated with something like Dr Who? You know him? Yeah?
He's a Space Elf in this.
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The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Thor The Dark World soars endlessly in Asgardian light instead of Elvish darkness.
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Thor The Dark World soars endlessly in Asgardian light instead of Elvish darkness. Continuing on from the events of 'The Avengers' and acting as a sequel to 'Thor', which is incredibly underrated and overlooked, The Dark World shrouds itself in ancient magic and elusive mysticism. Expertly crafted world building, only to present a contrived, arduous and over-extensive story that struggled to find any footing. Thor's electrifying mighty hammer "meow meow" was not enough to appease a sub-standard plot conforming to the typical "save the world" formula and absent of any character development. Fans of the MCU typically forget about this sequel, and it's not difficult to see why. Jane, in an endless search to find Thor again, coincidentally enters a realm which contains the Aether, a primordial entity withholding dark matter. She inadvertently consumes it, the Dark Elves want it back and Thor must save the Nine Realms again.

Visually, the world of Asgard looked stunning. Clean beautiful shots of towering architecture, fully embracing its fantastical green screens which were hardly noticeable. In fact, the majority of the visual effects were excellently produced (aside from Marvel's eternal weakness, human CGI), particularly the designs of the Dark Elves spaceships as they recklessly invade Asgard. The returning cast all gave consistently good performances. Hemsworth, Portman and Hiddleston retain the original likability that we've all come to adore. Although Russo, Hopkins and Ecclestone were questionably underused. Costumes were fitting, production design detailed and a plethora of other technical aspects being fully functional. That's not The Dark World's problem.

The inherent issue is with the unmemorable story that lacks any evolution for the characters involved. Thor remains the same from the start to the end. Loki is still mischievous without emanating any emotional conflict of vengeance. And Jane, unfortunately, subsides into a convenient plot device just so Thor has a reason to come back to Earth. The relationship between the two never progresses, and feels more forced than ever. And over half of the film is set on Asgard with the narrative progression becoming stagnant. Nothing happens.

Then we come to the antagonist, Malekith. The accursed. Ruler of the Dark Elves, and one of the most powerful. Shame that he was completely wasted in this formulaic story. Seriously, the most underdeveloped pointless waste of a Marvel villain in the entire MCU. Ecclestone, a talented character actor, was pushed aside for Dennings' insufferably unfunny remarks, in an attempt to inject some humour that the original was apparently absent of. It just further cements the unmemorable qualities that The Dark World upholds.

Whilst not necessarily a bad film, I mean it is watchable to an extent, it fails to live up to the quality of previous entries (minus 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Incredible Hulk'...). Leaving the film rotting in the dusty realm of Svartalfheim.
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HyounisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good but not quite as good as the first.
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I loved the first movie particularly because of the fish out of water element of Thor being on earth and the laughs that came from that. Knowing that the second movie probably wouldn't have that element I went into it expecting not to like it quite as much, and I was right.

This is a good superhero movie, don't get me wrong. The tone of these movies is great. Enough gravitas to invest in the action but with a good sense of humour to humanise the otherworldly antics, and quirky characters and relationship conflicts to make you care, a couple of twists to keep you guessing.

But one thing bothered me in this installment: the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster. It was refreshing that they do reunite so early in the movie but from then on Jane seems like a spare part. She is the fish out of water this time around but this was not played on, a missed opportunity I think. Instead she is just moved from pillar to post and left in the background while thor and his fellow asgardians defend her from the dark elves. Several times she stood next to the fray and somehow escaped any injury and her safety was never considered by thor. At one point he takes her to bait the dark elf leader and there should have been a scene in which thor struggles with the decision to take her, since as a human she is in grave danger in this scenario. But it is never considered. He never asks her if she is willing to be bait. As the result of this their relationship feels underdeveloped. Their attraction was established at two points early in the movie and thereafter is taken for granted. I know this is not a romance movie but Jane has no place in this cinematic world now except to be thor's love interest (unlike in the first movie where she had a far more active role). The fact that she is carrying the dark energy feels incredibly forced as an excuse to drag her into it.

Apart from these issues the dark energy itself is never satisfyingly explained. What is it, exactly? Where did it come from? And what happens to it at the end??

An enjoyable, if flawed, bit of escapism overall.
2 people found this helpful
carl hoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thor: The Dark World
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Good film full of action and wit better follow up story.Also its a lot better with no wonky camera angle like the first Thor film where the camera didn't shoot the film straight. It took me straight out of the film other wise i would of like Thor.But Thor The Dark World however was a delight to watch it took me until 2019 to see the second part because of the horrendous way the first film was filmed and that's why it put me off wanting to see this. But i am please i did better action scenes with good effects acting by Chris Hemsworth as Thor was more believable as the character as he grow into to the role in this and gets even better over time (Thor Ragnarok)
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Mr CReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Underrated
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Great film. Excellent use of Loki. Brilliant score from Brian Tyler. The major character death has more impact than all the quick kills in Ragnarok. Finds a nice balance between serious moments and humour without going as goofy as Ragnarok. If you hadn't seen it before Endgame then a certain scene would have much less poignancy. I don't understand why many people think this is one of the worst marvel movies. I've seen it well over 20 times and still think it's great.
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S. D. NeighbourReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bluray extras are not subtitled for hard of hearing
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Another ripoff from Disney (who are responsible for the disc manufacture.) Only the main feature is subtitled for hard of hearing and there's no way to tell from the product information. Really shabby since what's the point of buying a disc if not for the extras. Movie itself is one of the weaker Marvel outings, a bit too pompous for it's own good. At best a three star. Other Marvel discs that I have found with this subtitling problem so far are: Civil War, Iron Man 3, Avengers Assemble. There may yet be others to add to the list. Quite cross.
2 people found this helpful
Jonathan StevensReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thor: The Dark World
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I thought that this was good family entertainment. If one is looking to watch a movie adaptation of the Thor character from the Marvel comics, then I see no reason for why one would be disappointed. You basically get what one has paid for.

The story line and acting is perfectly suitable for this genre of film. The special effects is very impressive and what one would probably expect from Marvel movies of the time this was produced, and still holds up well at the time of writing this short review.

I watched this via streaming, and so I cannot comment on any other format. The streaming quality looked perfectly good to me, and ran smoothly.
Terry MurrayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Do your homework before watching
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Marvel seem to be introducing to their films and television series one of the more irritating devices common to their comics - the "crossover story". For example, in print, Thor might begin a storyline in his own comic only to have it completed in the next issue of "Avengers". The result is that those not in the know have been known to lose the plot. While story arcs are a legitimate and valuable tool in developing a character and the world in which they live, crossovers are basically a ploy to get readers to sample other characters and comics. I don't blame Marvel for doing this (it makes economic sense) but with the films in particular new audiences could start to feel shortchanged. The Dark World does not suffer from this problem like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it is still a story assuming maybe a little too great a knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Looking forward to the next episode, nevertheless.
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