MC Tuesday: Thor: The Dark World


Hi everybody!  Welcome to MC Tuesday, where we watch a movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I know everyone went and saw Black Panther.  I will be seeing it soon. I really do not watch movies on opening week.  I will bring you my thoughts on the movie in April because Black Panther falls near the end of our timeline.  But for now, let’s talk Thor: The Dark World.  This is my first time watching the movie.  It is okay.  There are some things I like and others that earn eye rolls.  The 2013 film is directed by Alan TaylorChris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor.

Too long for a sequel

Thor and Jane

I have the same problem with The Dark World that I have with Iron Man 3.  The movie is too freaking long for a franchise sequel.  I don’t mind the first movie being 2+ hours because the film has to introduce us to the principal characters and the world.  We know Thor used to be an egomaniac and now he’s noble.  The audience knows he loves Jane (Natalie Portman), and that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a bad guy.  We do not have to re-establish these facts with what I call “filler scenes”.  To add insult to injury, the movie has the dumbest stinger I have seen so far (it’s the big walrus thing chasing some birds).     If a sequel is going to be two hours long, it needs to be 80% action scenes or an amazing storyline.  The Dark World meets neither requirement.

Thor and Loki

Thor and Loki

One thing I did like about the movie is the scenes featuring both Thor and Loki.  I do not know if Hemsworth’s acting is better in those scenes, or Hiddleston is such a strong actor that it made Hemsworth look better.  The best example of this is when Thor, Loki, and Jane are trying to escape Asgard.  The banter between Thor and Loki brings me back into the movie when my attention starts to waver.

The Aether

Thor the Dark World Aether

I see the use of Aether and either-like substances in various media. It is used in Star Wars, here in The Dark World, and an anime whose name escapes me.  Whenever it is used, it is always in some interesting way.  In the Dark World, it is this evil weapon that Malekith (Christopher Eccleston aka the ninth Doctor) uses to try and take over the world.  I like that it looks like molten lava.  It looks poisonous or toxic, which is appropriate considering its dangerous properties.  Aether in its various forms makes situations feel medieval, and I always find that fascinating.

Wrap it up!

Well, there you have it.  There is not much of interest in The Dark World for me to go on some long rant.  Besides the Thor and Loki scenes, this movie is not that great.  Thor is a hero, Loki lies, Jane is safe and there’s a giant Walrus thing trying to catch birds in the middle of London.  Next week is another sequel (sigh).  We are watching Captain America: Winter Soldier.  This is another movie I have yet to watch.  Perhaps it will give me what I need.  It better considering it is two hours and sixteen minutes.  You have got to be kidding!  Until then, please join me for anime Thursday.  I’m not set on a topic for Thursday, so if you have anything you want me to discuss, let me know via this post or any of my social media.

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