Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

Thor 2: the dark world

Yesterday, just to start the weekend with a bang, me and my special lady friend Sarah went to see Thor: The Dark World[She picked the movie, how awesome is that?] We are both dedicated Marvel/Avengers fans, troubled Loki fangirls, and we are currently in the process of hammering out a freebie list agreement mainly because of the stunningly gorgeous Jaimie Alexander and *yawn* Chris Hemsworth. My lawyer will meet with Sarah's lawyer somewhere next week.

Thor has finally brought peace to the Nine Realms by defeating the marauders in Vanaheim. When his earthling love interest slash astrophysicist Jane Foster (Nathalie Portman) disappears from Heimdall's eye during a research trip, Thor goes looking for her, and decides to take her to Asgard when she appears to be possessed by a dark force, later revealed by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) to be Aether. Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), awakened by the release of the Aether, attacks Asgard in an attempt to capture Jane and destroy the universe.

Over the last few years, superhero movies have continually pushed the envelope, getting so ridiculously big and loud that ridiculously big and loud is now the new normal. Ironically, because superhero movies all apply that very same tactic, our focus has shifted to the story again. And that is exactly where Thor: The Dark World falls short. Just to name something: why exactly does Malekith seek to destroy the universe? Director Alan Taylor didn't quite produce a revolutionary experience with Thor 2, but the 120 minute-long movie still contains plenty elements to please fans and entertain cinemagoers.

Update: We also saw the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and frankly, it didn't do much for me. I really enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger and I'm a bit disappointed at the Minority Report-like direction that the sequel appears to be going in.

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