THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE REVIEW

Aaaaahhhhhhhhh – a sigh of blissful longing for THOR, or Chris Hemsworth all bulked up, in his stunning THOR costume thingy. He really is a god, people need to sculpt that body. Most of us could just sit through two hours of staring at him, but then there is the film bit too and THOR: THE DARK WORLD is way way more than an eye candy film. It is bordering on a Star Wars film (the good ones), it has a great story, a great cast, a bad baddie, Rene Russo kicking ass, comic relief, Anthony Hopkins looking as though he is recovering from a stroke, lots more science fiction and the best part, even better than the first THOR. I loved it!

 

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Alan Taylor
THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

This fine sequel, and another incredible film in the Marvel canon, is set one year after the events of THE AVENGERS. Thor battles to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. A primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge and intends to plunge the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and join forces with the now imprisioned Loki to set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Alan Taylor
THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Firstly, the two things I did not like. 1) This really started while watching THE AVENGERS, how Thor gets back to Earth. Honestly, this is a weak explanation. I had actually forgotten it and had to look it up. In the first THOR film the story pretty much ends with Thor having to destroy the only means of Universal Travel, the Bifrost was totalled. And his heart was devvo that he would never see Jane Foster again. The end, Kaput. But all of a sudden he just appears in THE AVENGERS with a very weak explanation with a line from LOKI – “How much dark energy did the All-father have to muster to conjure you here?” – further explanation from Hemsworth stated in an interview “It’s not really explained, but it’s assumed that he can only be there for a window of time,” Hemsworth said. “Odin has had to call in some favors from around the realm. And he turns up. That or the bus,” he joked. So realistically the “not really explained” window of time is why there is no Jane Foster in THE AVENGERS – this is a HUGE problem for me – it is not in Thor’s character to finally get to Earth to ignore his one true love. But then he appears on Earth again by way of the new and improved and rebuilt Bifrost – or more commonly known as, THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. But this bridge was not finished on the morning of the commencement of the story – WHY HAS THOR NOT GONE TO JANE FOSTER BEFORE HE HEARS OF HER IN PERIL? BAD BAD BAD THOR!!!

 

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Alan Taylor
THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Problem number 2) I cannot really discuss this as I assume it is the start of a hint at THE AVENGERS 2 story but it looks incredibly woeful. As usual they have their extra part in the credits that you have to stay and watch and this one leads to the start of the next film in the THE AVENGERS BUT it looks like an original series Star Trek episode – it looks horrendous – and as Claire said (or something along these lines) “it looks like a cosplay gathering or a 1980s show converted to Blu Ray” – way below standard for Marvel, it nearly reminded me of BATMAN AND ROBIN 🙂

For me – that was all I had issue with, I thought the film was amazingly totally radically superbly brilliant. Claire had one more gripe “I took a half point away from the extreme explanation of the convergence theory. Explained in the intro, explained by Erik with shoes, explained by Thor with hands, mentioned several times between characters explaining it to each other. We get it guys, the worlds are aligned.”

 

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Alan Taylor
THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Now the good stuff. Let us start with Thor, or Hemsworth, he is Thor, and this film would not work with anyone else, he is superb, physically and in his embodiment of the character. Firstly, as Claire states “Also approved of the gratuitous “here is Thor’s chesticles” shots.” Haha. You could hear half the cinema inhale during these scenes and I literally saw Claire fanning herself LOL. But the best of Thor is not his masculine fighting or grrrrrrrring or smashing shit with his hammer, it is the scenes where he is out of place on Earth that I like the most. Trying to fit into normal life, catching a train, hanging the hammer on a hat rack when in an apartment, superb comedy that made the audience laugh out loud. Then there is LOKI – he honestly makes the film. His campy evilness is uplifting and I want more and more of the Loki character – love him! Jane is as good as you would expect as are most of the other characters but two other characters stood out in this film and made it for me. 1) FRIGGA (Rene Russo) is Thor’s, and to some extent, Loki’s mum. She had a small part in the first film and while her part is small in this one I squealed seeing Russo bring some action and swordplay to the screen. I have loved her ever since she was wearing jeans and high kicking in boots in LETHAL WEAPON 3. 2) DARCY LEWIS (Kat Dennings) – Jane Foster’s assistant. She is the comic relief of the film and it never once gets too much, her interactions with Thor are hysterical and the stuff that happens around her, while sometimes camp, is perfectly acceptable to me and a great addition to the film.

 

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Alan Taylor
THOR: THE DARK WORLD – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

In fact it was this light comedy that made me first think of the similarities to STAR WARS films. This film is on the money, it has the evil and dark Melkith, set on universal (literally) destruction (as an aside, I never even knew it and most will not even pick it due to make-up but Malekith is played by Christopher Eccleston). It then has some amazing sci fi – I mean this film has a few space ships that I wowWOWED at. I was a teenage boy at heart all over again thinking I could buy the ships and start some lounge room wars with figurines. WICKED space stuff yo! It has plenty of epic battles between Thor, Loki, Malekith, Malekith’s minions (basically droids or perhaps Dr Who looking storm troopers). Then OMG – you have Princess Leia’s mum herself. And to top it off a superb and mouth agape stunning alien city.  For me this is the win win of this movie, and the best news, it is already lined up for THOR 3………………….:)

I can’t wait to see it again, I highly recommend you see it in 3D. It releases this THUR 31st OCT, runs for 112mins and is rated M – and make sure you stay for more in the credits, the shit bit I mentioned earlier 🙂

 

SALTY’S POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

 

 

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