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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Renee Russo, Christopher Eccleston
  • Written By: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Directed By: Alan Taylor
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Home Video
  • Original Year of Release: 2013
  • Special Features: See Below
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Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review

Entertaining Sequel Hammers Home the Action

By Tim Janson     March 05, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review
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Of all of the recent Marvel Comics based films Thor: The Dark World is the one that is the least…uhh…comic bookish.  In fact the film is as much Science Fantasy as anything else.  Much of the action takes place off Earth and doesn’t involve a threat to Earth as much as it does to the entire universe.  A prologue tells how Odin’s father Bor defeated the forces of the Dark Elf, Malekith (Eccleston), who sought to use the Aether (think a form of anti-matter) to plunge the universe into darkness.  Bor hid the Aether away although Malekith managed to escape.
 
Cut to present day Asgard where the Rainbrow Bridge has been rebuilt, Loki is imprisoned for his crimes on Earth, and a rare convergence of the Nine Realms is about to take place.  On Earth, Jane Foster (Portman) is in London investigating random dimensional portals that have appeared.  She gets drawn into a portal and transported to another world where the hidden Aether is able to enter her body as a vessel.  The Aether’s release awakens Malekith and his minions.  Thor takes Jane to Asgard where Odin tells her that the material will kill her if it is not removed.  Malekith attacks Asgard with a fleet of ships, searching for Jane so he can take back the Aether.  Thor has to put aside his distrust for Loki and seek his help to stop Malekith once and for all.
 
While we got some glimpses of Asgard in Thor, The Dark World reveals the realm in all its glory.  The city stretches out layer upon layer revealing a ream that is a combination of science and magic.  From quaint villages and taverns to the towering, golden spires, Asgard is a breathtaking sight to behold.  It’s rare what I mention a Cinematographer in my reviews but Kramer Morgenthau certainly earned his pay.
 
The battle eventually comes to Earth where Malekith plans on releasing the Aether during the heart of the convergence but Director Alan Taylor does a fine job in making the sequel much more epic than the original.  The other Asgardians get to play a large role this time out, notably Thor’s mother Frigga (Rene Russo) who battles Malekith to protect Jane during the Dark Elf’s invasion of the palace.  It’s a great scene for Russo who had little to do in the first film.
 
Chris Hemsworth portrays a more mature Thor (in attitude) this time out, one who takes his responsibilities much more serious.  There’s no Donald Blake persona this time out to dilute the character.  This is Thor in all of his hammer-throwing glory and the final battle against Malekith is his best onscreen battle thus far in the three films in which he has appeared.  And while there is the ubiquitous romantic angle between Thor and Jane Foster, it doesn’t overtake the rest of the film.
 
As with The Avengers, it is Tom Hiddleston as Loki who once again steals nearly every scene he is in with wit and a sardonic sense of humor but also wrapping his performance with a bow of tragedy as well.  He and Hemsworth play off each other magnificently.  In one scene Loki mocks Thor’s desire to go unnoticed as he changes his appearance into several other characters including Captain America (with a came by Chris Evans).
 
The best thing about Thor: The Dark World is that it doesn’t try to overreach.  So many times in Superhero films Directors are guilty of excess, thinking more is always better.  Taylor seems to know his limit and doesn’t set the bar too high and there’s nothing wrong with that.

BLU-RAY EXTRAS

Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, and Tom Hiddleston

A Brother’s Journey: Thor and Loki (31:00) – Explores the relationship between the two characters through interviews with the actors and Director Alan Taylor but also looks at other aspects of the film like the set design and visual effects.

Scoring Thor: The Dark World (5:21) – A look at the film’s musical score by Brian Tyler

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (13:00) – A short film featuring Ben Kingsley reprising his role as actor Trevor Slattery, aka The Mandarin.  Slattery is in prison and has become a celebrity to the other convicts.  He grants an interview to what he thinks is a media outlet but it turns out they are agents of the REAL Mandarin.  Funny stuff!

Deleted Scenes (7:49) – Mostly these are extended scenes and include Jane Foster exploring the wonders of Asgard, more with Thor and the Warriors Three celebrating victory in a tavern, and an alternate scene where instead of turning into Captain America, Loki just appears in the Cap costume bust still as himself.

Gag Reel (3:30)

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hanso 3/5/2014 4:09:43 PM

I liked it way less the second time around.  I dislike the Darcy character and that clown Dr running around in his underpants.  The final fight was bs and the villain weak.  They should've kept the entire movie in Asgard and the other realms with more time to Heimdall, Warriors 3.

 

The one shot "All Hail the King" was pretty funny. Trevor FTW!!

blankczech 3/5/2014 7:09:14 PM

 I found this movie to be unintelligible tripe.  I am not a fan of the fantasy genre...but i can bear it when it's well written like Lord of the Rings or even semi well written like A Song of Ice and Fire.  the writing for this movie is convoluted mumbo-jumbo.

I recently saw an interview with Anthony Hopkins.  In the interview they asked him what Thor: The Dark World was about and he answered that he had no idea...he just comes in recites his lines and then he leaves. I thought he was kidding until I saw the movie, but now I know what he meant.

I enjoyed some Norse Mythology back when I was  in the ninth grade ( a few of the myth's were interesting)...what Marvel has done to those Norse gods (or are they Aliens now) is a sin.

Thankfully the comic stylings of Hiddleston and Kat Dennings helped me get through it.  It goes without saying I wouldn't buy the Disk if it cost a dime.  I'm sure if my grandsons want to watch it one of these days it will soon be available for free streaming on Amazon Prime video (like The Avengers or the first - Captain America or Thor flicks).

 

 

ultrazilla2000 3/5/2014 10:46:02 PM

Wow...tough crowd.  I liked this one better than the first by far.

SmokingFrog77 3/6/2014 3:52:56 AM

I really liked this, the Thor films have been the standouts for me amongst all the individual Marvel hero movies. I agree with Hanso and I would have loved more Heimdall too - Idris Elba can cancel my apocalypse anyday - and I must say I felt somewhat underwhelmed by the final fight too, although I didn't think it was too weak; but Malekith wasn't a shade on Loki as a Big Bad. I would happily pay to see a spin-off all about Darcy though, she needs a one-shot even more than Trevor did!!!!!!!

monkeyfoot 3/6/2014 8:11:50 AM

I also really enjoyed this movie. It had alot of humor which usually I don't like if the movie is making fun of itself but it worked for me. I liked Darcy alot too but that might be because I have a thing for quirky zany girls. I think the term is Maniac Pixie Dream Girl.

I also really, really would have loved some more Heimdall. He is just bottled up badassery waiting to pop its cork.

Yes, Malekith was a weak villain but he wasn't meant to be the main focus. He was just the "macguffin" to get Thor and Loki together. Their relationship was the actual dramatic focus for the film. It's sort of like the suitcase in Pulp Fiction. It didn't matter what was in it. It was just an excuse to get all the characters to interact with each other. But I liked the end battle. The time and space shifting constantly was great for me. Along with the unstoppable loyalty of Mjolnir to Thor. No matter what its always there when you need it.

This movie was a major hit so I wouldn't be surprised if Thor 3 is similar. It's rumored it might be about Ragnarok or the Twilight of the gods.

rogue188 3/6/2014 8:42:25 AM

I enjoyed this movie and don't understand where all the hatred is coming from. Its better than more than half of the previously released Marvel movies. I will say it was not as fun watching it the second time, but I still enjoyed it. It was a lot better than Iron Man 3.

All Hail the King was definitely worth the watch.

redhairs99 3/6/2014 8:42:26 AM

The "one shot" I'd like to see with Darcy would probably not be for the kiddos.

hanso 3/6/2014 9:16:29 AM

 ^ Bazinga!

mellowdoux 3/6/2014 10:22:52 AM

 I agree with you, Ultrazilla.

violator14 3/6/2014 10:58:09 AM

 Thor 2 is soo good!! 

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