Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Thor: The Dark World


Thor: The Dark World 

Distributor: Marvel Studios (Walt Disney)
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer(s):  Christopher Yost (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay)...Many More
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Christopher Eccleston
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content
Running Time: 112 min
Synopsis: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

What Others Are Saying?

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 66% "Fresh", Top Critics: 38% "Fresh", Audience: 86% "Like It"
Metacritic: Critics: 54 out of 100, Users: 7.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 59 out of 100
My Review

Source Material: Characters based off Marvel Comic character created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby .  

Entertaining Value:

  • Action Elements: You defiantly get a good amount of action, almost not stop action.    
  • Comedy Elements: Good comic lines interwoven throughout the dialogue.    
  • Dramatic Elements: There is a couple good dramatic moments in this film.       
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Elements: "Gods" + Dark Elves + Science +  Different World / Realm, this film is chalk full Sci-Fi goodness.     
Cinematic Value:
  • Acting and Dialogue: 7: The acting was sold. Its good to see Chris Hemsworth stepping up his acting chops. I also like seeing the secondary and tertiary actor like Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, and Jaimie Alexander give damn good performance, even though there screen time was weak. Christopher Eccleston is a great actor but his role in this film was baldly written.               
  • Art Direction: 7: I like seeing more of Asgard and the other realms as well, over all the art direction in this film was good.    
  • Cinematography: 7: I feel the film was well shot, even with a heavily action pack film, like this one.  
  • Direction: 7: Alan Taylor is know for directing HBO television show like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and Rome. I think he made a good jump to big screen as an director. I know there has been a lot complaints among my friends that the film was to short. I kind of agree that it seem like a short two hours. I also think that the enjoyment of the film created a longing for a longer film.                  
  • Editing: 6: I think the "fast paced film" was because of the editing. This film deals with multiple different realms and jumping from one to another. I feel like there to much "Meanwhile..." moments in the film     
  • Screenplay: 6: I felt that some story items were weak. Malekith was there just the full the bad guy roll, he didn't really have a motive. The love triangle between Thor, Sif, and Jane could have been portrayed better. The one evil eye, "so you are the Earth girl" look wasn't enough. We saw true loyalty and friendship form Sif but the story didn't really let that developed romantically.  
  • Sound and Music: 6: Fitting.
  • VFX: 8: It was great to see more of Asgard, it felt more living than before. I heard this film as being described as Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings. Visually I see where they are coming from.   
Overall: 7: I really enjoyed this film and I think most of the fan of Marvel will as well. Personally I think it works as a stand alone action film, sci-fi, and fantasy. Oh Look for a great cameo            

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