Monday, 24 April 2017

Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Film Review


*Originally written April 24th, 2017*

I've never really got on with either of the Thor films. I like the character a lot and Chris Hemsworth is fantastic, but the films he star in have been extremely lacklustre. I find Thor: The Dark World to easily be the one of the weakest entries in the entire MCU for many reasons.

Where Dark World at least improves on the first is at least in its look. The style of Asgard is much more pleasing to the eye and natural than the ugly, CGI monstrosity of the first, it reminds me of a more Barbarain society than the tacky nonsense it used to look like.

There are also some decent and creative scenes of action. The opening fight was cool and I loved the teleporting weirdness of the finale in London. It's just a shame that none of the action held any kind of emotional weight and are held down by all the terrible and annoying humour shoved in. 

Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston
The excessive and lame humour was my biggest problem of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Dark World seems to be a brief glimpse of that. So much of the dialogue seems like some sort of cringe-worthy joke. There are a couple that land (Thor getting on the tube in London is gold), but that far outweighs the utter tripe that happens.

Most offensive of anything in the entire MCU has to be Kat Denning's Darcy, the most annoying character I can think of in a mainstream film. Everything she says is a groan-inducing joke. The worst of which was during the final battle where she calls Thor's hammer "Meow Meow", I honestly wanted to turn the film off and snap the disc at that point. It's been a while, but I don't remember her being that awful in the first.

After the events of the first Avengers, Stellan Skarsgard has been reduced to some kind of mentally challenged joke. A further example of the lame humour is when he's reduced being caught by the news dancing naked around Stonehenge. It's such a shame to see such a respectable actor reduced to.. that.

Chris Hemsworth
Natalie Portman's Jane Foster is just merely there. She's given stuff to do, not a lot of it interesting. It seems like she's out of the MCU now, so all her screentime with Thor seems to have been wasted. She does at least have a couple of decent scenes with Chris O'Dowd, who appears in a small role.

Marvel does follow its cliche routine of a gifted actor given a thankless and wasted villain role.
Christopher Ecclestone's Malekith might be the most bland bad guy to come out of Marvel's roster yet. I've just finished watching the film and I'm having a huge problem trying to pick out a single interesting or standout moment he had. Pathetic.

The film does leave Asgard in an interesting place that I'm looking forward to seeing in Thor: Ragnorak (Which looks a lot better than the previous 2 based on the trailers). This is the first time I'd seen this in nearly 4 years, but I forgot just how little Loki does in this film, the performance was fun as usual, but it feels he's broken out of prison and written out fairly quickly. His scenes with Thor were at least some of the highlights of Dark World.

I also have to commend Dark World for at least being one of the shortest films in MCU at just 105 minutes before credits, as these films seem to usually be leaning towards the two and a half hour mark. So it has that going towards it, I guess?

Thor: The Dark World is easily one of the weakest MCU films so far, bland, dull and filled to the brim with so much deeply lame and unfunny humour. I hope Ragnorak is better than this, and please, dear god, no Kat Dennings.

4/10 Dans

Thor: The Dark World is out now on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK
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