I’d been waiting all weekend for this past Monday to roll around so I could go see Frozen in 3D. I missed Tangled in theaters and there was no way I was going to miss Frozen too. And then I remembered something crucial.
I hadn’t seen Thor: The Dark World yet! Naturally and completely understandably, my plans changed. Luckily our local theater had a few showings left.
I wasn’t a big fan of the first Thor (my favorite part was the ending credits. It looked like I was flying through space!). But after all of the success with The Avengers and hearing Joss Whedon had lent a helping hand to the Thor 2 script, my hopes were high. And I was not disappointed.
On Monday I posted about the seven deadly sins of world making. I had reread this article after watching Man of Steel and the debacle that worldbuilding was (my review for that will be posted soon as well!). But Thor 2 was a perfect example of how to build a new world.
While Thor 2 does jump around between the Asgardian world and our own Earth, Asgard is focused on ten fold than what had been featured before. We get to see the regular streets and people milling about. It was nice to see some regular people versus all of the warriors. But, not surprisingly, there are a lot of warriors.
Thor 2 focuses much more on medieval like battles then the first movie. It’s not graphic in that you have to look away and cringe but it still looked painful! Visually the battles are gorgeous and so well detailed.
I think my favorite part of the movie though is the character development. Following Thor and Loki through the events of the first two movies (Thor and The Avengers) there has been such great change. We can see where both Thor and Loki have learned, how they have changed because of their societies. And as the events of Thor 2 unfolds they continue to develop and adjust to new changes. I just absolutely love how deep these characters are. Everything they do has meaning and purpose to the character.
There was little I disliked about the movie. I found one core element to the story a little cliche, but it seemed like a necessary evil. I’d go into more detail but alas, spoilers. Otherwise though I’m really having a hard time coming up with something I disliked. There was probably some dialogue here and there that was a little cliche but for the most part I found it extremely entertaining.
Thor: The Dark World
Overall Score: Strong A 90 points
Like I mentioned, I felt like one of the major story points was a little cliche. I felt they could have found a better way to bring the characters together. They certainly were deep and thorough with the method they chose which was nice, but I just feel like it could have been more interesting and original. Otherwise though I think the movie was excellent. It was a great ‘escape into another world’ type of movie. Visually gorgeous, musically awesome, and of course phenomenal acting on all sides.
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