Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thor: The Dark World

A fantastic follow up to the first Thor movie and the most enjoyable Phase II movie out of Iron Man 3 and Captain America:  The Winter Soldier.  A large part of the movie is spoiled by the blurb on the back of the DVD and in promotional texts, being that Thor partners up with Loki.  You end up waiting for it to happen so it lacks the punch it is supposed to have.  That said, the bantering between Thor and Loki is definitely the highlight of the film.  Tom Hiddlestone is perfect here, showing enough menace and sneakiness to be evil yet enough charisma for you to like the character.  Loki also has the best humour in dialogue.  Despite somewhat average critical reception, I thought Thor:  The Dark World was really good.  The pacing was solid, there wasn’t a dull moment where your thoughts would stray, the battle scenes were good and there was definitely a lot of eye candy.  Conversely, the amount of eye candy also meant a large reliance on computer effects and while there were some breathtaking scenes, there were more than the occasional ones where it looked fake.  The music is a noticeable highlight, being epic and grand, immersing you into what’s happening on screen.  A disappointment would be the plot, for all the set up done, the climax was lacking in resolution.  It felt anticlimactic in how the villain was defeated, it was too easy and you kept expecting that he will suddenly reappear but he didn’t.  Overall, a nice movie that is leaps and bounds better than the original Thor (not that that was a bad movie).

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