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Thor: The Dark World

2013

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  • ...After Joss Whedon rewrote the rules for this company’s franchises, The Dark World’s high-price-tag fantasy trash—think of the ’80s rayguns-and-Velveeta sagas that New World Pictures used to churn out, only minus the campy rush—feel especially threadbare. Even its deafening bells and whistles are boring.

  • Chris Hemsworth returns as the Marvel Comics superhero in this bloated sequel... The story is ridiculously complicated: an ancient race of evil aliens seek a powerful energy source that's somehow found its way into the body of Thor's love interest (Natalie Portman) and must be destroyed lest the entire universe collapse onto itself and destroy all life everywhere (or something).

  • If the multiple idiocies on view strike you as neither here nor there, it’s probably because your eyeballs are too busy recoiling from the onslaught of disorienting 3-D effects, or else too distracted by the title character’s Popeye arms and really big mallet.

  • What I enjoyed about the film and what I found annoying nearly canceled each other out, so that after two hours of noise and battle scenes and high-end CGI effects and conversations in the proto-Icelandic dialect of the Svartalfen, or Dark Elves, it almost seemed as if I hadn’t had the experience at all, or as if this bewildering jumble of fantasy ingredients really were composed of miscellaneous bits and pieces of other movies I’ve already seen.

  • The first hour of this movie has Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgård, and Kat Dennings all giving the same performances they did in 2011, except without Kenneth Branagh's fascinating delusion that he was still directing Shakespeare. Now it's boring stuff, I'm afraid: characters hopping from one screen saver to the next... [But] the effects department gets to show some visual wit and simulate comic-book chaos.

  • All three "Iron Man" films have this same basic problem, but story was never more important than personality in those earlier films. "Thor: The Dark World"'s characters are often very charming, but they're only so much fun when they're stuck going through the motions.

  • Bottom line? Daft plot, scads of pompous dialogue (“Unleash the Aether!”) leavened by a streak of snarky humour – Loki up in Asgard, Jane’s sardonic assistant (Kat Dennings) here on Earth – and an overall impression of amusing moments in a sea of superfluous filmmaking. We didn’t need a Thor sequel, but it’s part of the business plan so here it is, wasting two Oscar winners and a passel of very good actors...

  • For a movie whose mere existence seems solely and indefensibly cash-conscious, this sequel to Thor and The Avengers does a remarkable job of padding that baseline, offering enough humor, special-effects artistry, and actual emotion to make the trek to the showdown a surprising pleasure.

  • Replacing Kenneth Branagh in the director’s chair, TV-trained Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones) adapts more gracefully to the Marvel house style; for once, the action is cleanly and coherently staged, and Taylor brings some of the gravity and grandeur of Westeros to this universe.