Thor: The Dark World (2013)

It’s a tale of duality of responses, duties and commitment! They can never choose both circumstances since one of these worlds will thrive and survive while the other will be forever in darkness!

Thor - The Dark World

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in association with Marvel Studios present…

From television’s unprecedented award winning epic “Game of Thrones” helmer Alan Taylor who took over from Kenneth Branagh’s first film on the Asgardian thunder god! The said director had to wait a little longer after Patty Jenkins parted ways with Marvel due to irreconcilable differences! While Christopher Yost (Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow), Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) made the given screenplay from the story by Don Payne (Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer) with the help of Robert Rodat (10,000 B.C.).

When it comes to its visual effects, the gritty take of the Director coming from the shining city of Asgard gives more emphasis to the lore of Viking territory! Crafting actual shots in Norway gave way in the actual environment then rendering it with their original design that gives its amalgamation worth a second look. The film does exude the needed ambiance, science and magic combined to forge by alchemy what is cinema has created with the help of special effects have shown time and again! Double Negative, Blur Studios and Luma Pictures sends another message in film making that they can set the bar higher even for international standards!

The introduction was indeed a good way to highlight the given situation seeing that these films are based on actual fans and just to get more attention from the diverse movie going public. Like telling a tale of myths and legends, Odin, Father of Thor reprised once more by Anthony Hopkins (The Rite) narrates of an ancient race that wants to rule the galaxy. As again, hordes of armies from these two warrior races: the Dark Elves and Asgard’s finest soldiers! One is led by Malekith The Accursed portrayed by Christopher Eccleston (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) with his right hand Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (G.I. JOE: Rise of Cobra) as man beast Algrim while on the other hand was Bor father of Odin who was portrayed for the opening sequence only by Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution)!

The actual threat and how it became a predicament lies behind the actual power of the Aether once sought out by Svartalfheim’s minions to harness its destructive force and make their overlord to reign over the cosmos once more! Malekith was created by Walt Simonson where he first appeared in Thor No. 344-349 starting from June 1984. Speaking of which, the foreboding menace never fails to give an acclimated sense for villainy seeing him from different projects and films that made him notoriously capable to go head to head with the hero with a hammer! Vindictive to the end, his purpose was by reason of revenge upon sacrificing all of his people including his wife and child, he lost everything including his home world and now unleashes his wrath to those who have stood in his way!

Nothing can be more fun than introducing your hero to have a dramatic entrance which I find mediocre and at the same time ablaut! Chris Hemsworth (The Cabin in the Woods) personifies Thor as who he is with a bit more versatility in terms of honor, integrity and love for his family! It may be centric driven considering that the main view is to provide protection for his lady love Jane. But seriously, I don’t see or feel the connection for them be these star crossed lovers amidst the long distance relationship dilemma that makes it just enough to gratify their sweet longings!

In another star system, I really don’t see the importance of Stellan Skarsgard’s (Mamma Mia!) character unless of course Natalie Portman (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) who plays Dr. Jane Foster a fellow astrophysicist originally goes back to being an Nurse, a Doctor even an EMT which was actually based in the comic books. Then Erik Selvig can do whatever he wants (run around naked) and whatever he pleases! Maybe it was just more than giving the role to Natalie the seeming damsel in distress (which is pretty obvious) even if she had a different career, to play the role maybe on helping other people caused by the chaos and panic that arises in the battle of her seeming boyfriend and the forces of evil!

The love story between Jaime Alexander (The Other Side) as Lady Sif and Jane was more tangible here seeing that they have eyes on for the Thunder God but how can she compete where she is mere companion at arms in battle with someone who has run over the love stricken blond twice already? With this in tow, the film gives another turn with Jaime playing the warrior that she is – a woman. Still adoring Thor from afar even when they have their subtle conversations, the way he looks at him, making him feel that he is missed and cared for was only given a gesture of thanks through her sword and consort!

While her brothers (not by blood) Tadanobu Asano (Ichi The Killer) as Hogun, Ray Stevenson (The Other Guys) as Volstagg and recently as a replacement, Zachary Levi (Tangled) playing Fandral has been given at least a tap on the shoulder considering that their moral support, their camaraderie has a better inclination for Odinson! Although they are not sidekicks like Bucky to the Captain here’s a question for you!

Sidekicks anyone? Kat Dennings (Defendor) reprises her Darcy Lewis role! The significance of studying reality and its repercussions gives meaning to her eagerness to be an intern for Jane and still don’t know what she is doing. The main reason for her to be here is for comic relief only and that’s it! At least Idris Elba (The Losers) even though standing for the longest time has a time to sit down, have a drink and discuss his obligations for Thor and their city.

But what really does appeal to me is the brothers conniving to get their vengeance after Frigga played by Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon 3) has given her life born out of her hope for her son’s happiness and by giving meaning to the word sacrifice for a greater good! What would Thor’s world would be if he had not known Loki? Tom Hiddleston (Only Lovers Left Alive) is of course the God of Mischief who at that moment was not pleased at all -not at all! It was evident how Tom and Chris were able to perform at their best not just being brothers but by giving their characters a diverse take on their relationship, setting aside their differences just to get back to those who took their Mother’s life!

For all we know the chances of having Loki control, rule Asgard for his mischievous and malevolent means makes the story line compulsive and indefinite considering that he will still have a way and choose to vindicate himself in the coming movies ahead.


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