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Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World 3D

By Edited Oct 19, 2015 2 11
Thor Dark World

Certificate 12A, 120 minutes

Director: Alan Taylor

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Thor: The Dark World is set, like Iron Man 3, after the events of The Avengers, although the beginning of the film starts thousands of years prior to it, when Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) grandfather, Bor (Tony Curan) led Asgardian forces against the Dark Elves - who were known as the Svartálfar in their limited appearance in Norse mythology - led by Malekith (a rather unrecognisable Christopher Eccleston), who lived on Svartalfheim, the Dark World. Malekith had created a weapon, known as the Aether, with which he intended to return the realms to the darkness that existed before. Although the Dark Elves were defeated, Malekith and his lieutenant Algrim (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) escaped with some of their people in a ship.

Thor returned to Asgard after the Battle of New York and is currently fighting on the world of Vanaheim, trying to restore order to the Nine Realms after the chaos caused by Loki (Tom Hiddleston, Crimson Peak). Loki himself has been imprisoned in Asgard by Odin (Anthony Hopkins, Noah, RED 2).

Thor: The Dark World
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, Your Highness), who helped Thor in the first film, has travelled to London with her intern Darcy (Kat Dennings) to meet up with Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Selvig, after the events of the Battle of New York which resulted in Loki inhabiting his mind, has gone slightly over the edge and is not exactly stable, but even so has discovered some strange anomalies that he wants Jane to help him investigate. Malekith in the mean time returns bent on possessing the Aether again and is determined to destroy all the Nine Realms at a time of their greatest vulnerability.

There is an odd mix of high tech and low tech equipment, such as energy weapons and swords, combined with what is probably magic, such as with Thor's hammer Mjolnir, although the latter is not absolutely certain. This creates a rather different feel to the film as men in armour and wielding swords combat high tech craft using energy weapons.

Loki, as with his counterpart in Norse mythology, is not always villainous. He is sometimes helpful, sometimes not. This makes him a rather more interesting character with greater depth than that of Thor, as you can be certain of what course of action Thor is going to pursue in most situations, and it will usually be a noble one - at least, after he got over the immaturity he displayed in Thor. With Loki on the other hand you can never be absolutely certain whether he is going to betray people or not. As portrayed by Hiddleston, Loki is certainly of the best characters in the film. His portrayal makes Loki interesting enough that it would be good to see Loki in an entire film of his own, admittedly he is unlikely to be a superhero but more of an anti-hero. Anything else would destroy some of his appeal as a character.

Thor: The Dark World is available in both 2D and 3D, and the 3D was the one seen. Barring a few scenes that appeared to have been deliberately filmed in order to exploit 3D, usually involving stuff flying around, often at the camera, the 3D wasn't that noticeable and so didn't add much to the experience. Stan Lee makes one of his frequent brief cameo appearances and there is also a brief cameo by Captain America - which does make sense when you see it. Hiddleston, as mentioned, does a great performance as Loki, often interjecting humour into the film - not a bad trick for a fairly dark character. Hemsworth provides a suitable counterfoil as the more straightforward Thor. The action is pretty non-stop with an effects extravaganza, with comparatively brief interludes before it starts up again. The developing romance between Jane and Thor adds to the film, rather than detracts from it, and seems more realistic than would be a typical portrayal in an action film. As in many films, there are post credits scenes, so be sure to watch out for them, as they are easy to miss if you don't know about them. Thor: The Dark World is an enjoyable fantasy, science-fiction, action and superhero film.
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Nov 4, 2013 2:58am
Excellent movie review. I have yet to see Thor 2 as of this moment. However, I'm considering going this week. I'll avoid the 3D if I can. Sometimes that's all that's available however :P
Nov 4, 2013 3:16am
Thanks! I used to avoid the 3D films - because of the additional cost - but my Unlimited card has changed so that now there isn't an additional fee for watching 3D. So I just go for the most convenient time. Oddly, rarely 3D these days.
Nov 4, 2013 3:32am
I've only been to two 3D movies total. Star Trek: Into Darkness. My experience was fantastic with that one (was my second time seeing the film at the time) and then I went to see Man of Steel and did not enjoy the 3D there at all. Movie was thoroughly enjoyable, but the 3D, in my experience, was annoying and distracting.
Nov 4, 2013 3:34am
My apologies for the repeated comments. This website isn't loading very well for me this morning. Didn't even let me know that it was loading :P Can't even remove them either. Anyways, please ignore.
Nov 4, 2013 5:03am
No problem, I can delete them.

My first modern 3D film was Avatar, which worked really well, but gave me a nasty headache at the end of it. The new 3D glasses when worn with normal glasses seem to knock the focus out slightly.

I find that the more CGI, or even animation, there is in the film, the better the 3D works. Avatar had a lot. It doesn't seem as effective with live action.
Nov 7, 2013 11:33pm
Hey, late reply.

I have yet to receive a headache from a 3D movie experience. However, this is a definitely issue with some movie goers I've read.

I absolutely agree with your last comment. The special effects heavy scenes in Into Darkness were some of the best 3D scenes.

I'm going to see Thor: The Dark World, this weekend. Should be a non-3D viewing. Unless those are sold out for the time we want. Anyways, once again, great article. Thanks for putting in the work.
Nov 8, 2013 4:36am
Thanks! Yes, some of the best 3D films I've seen have been those aimed at children - namely, those that are fully animated.
Nov 9, 2013 2:04pm
I am like Zemus101, I would rather watch it in 2D because I wear "sight" glasses and 3D glasses over those don't feel comfortable. However, the 3D version is the only one available in my area so this is the one I watch. I loved the movie and I agree that Loke is very well played.
Nov 10, 2013 1:30am
I used to avoid 3D films for much the same reason, especially as I had to pay extra to see them. Now I don't, I'm less bothered about checking.
Nov 10, 2013 12:14am
Yes, this is indeed some of the best films in 2013, the story is so far average, on par with iron man and other marvels based films. The 3D and CGI are good enough. Suited for 4 stars films.
Nov 10, 2013 1:31am
I did enjoy it.
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