405. Thor: The Dark World

Background info

405-thor-the-dark-worldTitle: Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 52m

“In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and person journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.”

Live blog

1:06 – The ether. That’s where emails go, isn’t it?
4:22 – I like Hiddleston a lot more than I did when I watched the first one.
7:32 – James Hunt may or may not have ruined Thor for me now.
11:59 – They are the definition of eating, drinking and being merry.
15:18 – Bash the equipment on the table, that will help.
17:43 – I love the crazy friend. Was the crazy friend this much fun in the first one?
27:10 – It’s fun when they reference the Avengers.
36:13 – “HE’S NOT MY FATHER.” Opposite of Star Wars then.
40:30 – Where does he keep his hammer that it doesn’t have to break down walls to get to him?
46:40 – These dark elf guns make the same winding up noise that Iron Man does.
55:06 – “The risk is far greater if we do nothing.”
58:10 – Idris said he wouldn’t go against his king’s wishes. Thor said he wouldn’t ask him to, but then said he was actually suggesting treason. Can’t have it both ways!
1:01:22 – Bonus!
1:03:31 – I like splitting the escape story up with the planning meeting.
1:08:47 – Christopher Eccleston has gone all Two-Face.
1:19:04 – Not totally following all the toing and froing here, but never mind. Still fun.
1:22:59 – Jealous Thor.
1:23:30 – “Why are there so many shoes in here?”
1:32:10 – Lost hammer is genius.
1:41:47 – Oooh, twistiness.

Conclusions

When we were doing our “Quick, the Avengers will be out soon, let’s catch up all the Marvel films” Thor was the one we thought we’d like the least, and it was a pleasant surprise. So, we were somewhat looking forward to the sequel, particularly as the trailer sold it very well.

The reality was disappointing. As with all the Marvel films, the dialogue was fun, there were a few laughs throughout, and the best part was seeing the characters interact with each other and try to deal with a world in which they don’t really fit. Darcy was fab, and I loved bonus Chris O’Dowd (underused).

Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be enough story to go with it. Christopher Eccleston made a good bad guy, but it didn’t really feel like the world was in jeopardy, even in the big showdown. It was entertaining enough, and not a waste of time, but it didn’t deliver as we’d hoped.

Rating: 2/5

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