Written by Joshua Tousignant
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this then it’s true; you’re going to see this movie. Should you find yourself intoxicated, or out of options on Netflix, it’s going to happen. So why not in theaters? Why not spend the equivalent of a good meal and a great dessert?
Picture me: Friday, opening weekend, 10 o’clock, 3D showing (no less), and I have more than enough leg-room to make it look like I own the place. So let me first dissuade you — after-all, what would a review be without its coup d’etat of the movie being reviewed?
Pros: Are hard to find. So they’ll be few. There’s nothing I hate more than writing an horrific article about something that other people have put timeless effort toward. From director, Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) whom does an amazing job of editing and cueing music; to the writers, Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen Mcfeely; all of whom have credits toward Marvel: animated series, I apologize.
For all that I’ll say Thor 2 is explosive, it’s entertaining for what it is; delving on the same level as its predecessor, but not enough to be considered the ‘sequel’ that it needs to be. It’s deja-vu all the way through. You’ve seen it before. Every little trick, every timely death, every banter, every set-back. And at such a slow pace, the movie couldn’t have been any longer.
For what it’s worth, in all of three scenes — where Thor and Loki really have at it — is worth the watch. They fit their roles almost too perfectly. Chris Hemsworth, makes his own as a matured, less arrogant, petulant Thor we’ve come to know by the first film. And Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, as always, if he’s not on the screen, we’re all just waiting for him to show up.
Unlike Thor, the character, Loki has dimension. His very villainy comes from something deeply vulnerable. Being left as a baby to die and having his adopted father use him like sea-biscuit… it’s a wonder why they keep him on the side-lines like some scrap of butter to Thor’s bread.
What this movie really needs to explore and what it tries to explore best, is to what extent is Loki redeemable, or can he be pulled back into the light?
Thor is nothing without Loki; and vice-versa. And probably why having Thor (it is his movie, you know) as the main character, seen through his eyes, makes it such a stale show.
Thor 2: The Dark World is without a night-light. Not because it’s dark or anything. The costumes, color palette, and cinematography appear ‘darker’ in hue — to be sure — however, Thor 2 is no darker than your basement flooding in a pool of blood as your washer-machine does that whole ‘I’m possessed thing’.
The night-light is to help find the plot. And that’s why I say it’s without one. Whether it’s a romance story, saving the girl, saving the world, or avenging the one you love, the writers will just-about stick anything; all in the expense of what it’s trying to make: a good story.
A good story is all about theme. It’s about meaning, and having something to say. Perhaps having more than one writer depersonalized this film and made it into the blockbuster-special effects movie it is today. Or perhaps it was made to open the other exploitable doors of the Marvel Universe. Whatever reason, they should have stuck to one main plot, and one simple plot, at that.
The Romance Story
Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster, plays a bigger role (more scenes), but the same, as damsel in distress. Her relationship with Thor falls into the water, as just a hiccup in the movie; if you’ve seen Man of Steel, it’s a lot like that, but less forced. Coming from a previous movie, it helps know about their connection established previously, but doesn’t help any if nothing is moved forward. If this movie was seen through her eyes, perhaps, it would have upped the gravity of the situation enough to ground us in the emotional stakes of the movie. Instead, what it offered to its audience is a girl pining over a long distance relationship because the guy never called back. Now, what does that say?
The Earth Needs Saving… Again Story.
As we all know, Earth, or Midgard, is one of the nine realms connected by the World Tree. A little too complicated (they really don’t explain anything). Nonetheless, the main plot here revolves around the convergence of these nine worlds coming into alignment to allow some crazy stuff to happen; which on the lighter part of this article, was the best stuff churned out. It’s as if the last third of this movie was written by a different writer altogether (which it very well may have been). All of a sudden, I was up on my seat. Here’s where the story took chances, took risks playing with the plot devices. The characters instantly became the heroes I remembered them to be and the main story plot became… well, at the least, bearable.
So at the start, one of these realms has a problem. Like the first film, where it was Loki’s biological father, here we have Malekith played by Christopher Eccleston, whom portrays the role as brilliantly as he can. This man deserves more dialogue, and more action. Lots more! For a third of the film, he’s lying in wait, as one of THE MOST passive antagonists ever to see the light of cinema. He’s a bystander for what’s happening, really. The opening tells of his tale of woe. For whatever reason, he wishes the very existence of the Universe destroyed. Not that we can’t get behind that, they make it about vengeance instead. For almost an eternity, Malekith holds a grudge against the people of Asgard. It’s only till the convergence, until the conditions are right that he is awoken, and even then, it’s only because the universe allowed it to be.
The King Story
Dismissed as quickly as it arrives, One line of dialogue and poof! What could have weighed heavy on his shoulders, and ours, was erased as mere words scribbled on a chalk-board.
What this movie lacks is simply tension and the emotional tie to pin it on. For a very externalized film, it has a lot of pots (or plots) boiling all in one chamber, so take your pick. Perhaps you’ll see it in a differently won’t need that night-light after all. But truth be told, we live in a time when movies, as a median, preside special effects over precedence, For an okay ride
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christopher Yost , Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo , Anthony Hopkins
Genre: Action and Adventure
Run Time: 2 hours