April 9, 2014

Thor: The Dark World - Fantasy Takes the Reins


An updated version of this post about Thor: The Dark World has moved to The Tomorrow Society, my blog that focuses on Disney and the world of theme parks. You can locate my article about this MCU film in this new location at The Tomorrow Society.

6 comments:

  1. The Thor movies might not be the strongest when it comes to plot and side characters, but they're the most consistently entertaining films from Marvel--at least for me. I loved Thor 2 and thought it was a hell of a lot of fun, particularly the outstanding climax battle. Don't get me wrong... I loved Cap 2, as well, but it's a very different kind of story with a very different genre starring a very different character. I don't think the two can be strictly compared, at least not in the style of film they would deliver (though I could agree with a "this is how you build your secondary cast" argument).

    When the first Thor and first Cap film came out, there was also a fan split. A person generally took to one far more than the other. I didn't like the first Cap, and I really dug Thor. For their sequels, I loved both equally, but for far different reasons. Cap 2 is the more solid, all-around well made film. Thor 2 is better if you're looking for a comedy with crazy over-the-top action (though Cap 2 also had some fantastic/awesome action scenes). Hence... I love them pretty equally.

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    1. I liked both the original Thor and Captain America films, and they're very different like you mention. Thor had a fun supporting cast and didn't cram in so much action; the Earth scenes were a blast. Captain America had a more involved story, yet I wasn't as thrilled when the action picked up in the last act. I haven't seen Cap 2 yet, but I'm more intrigued to see it from the little I've heard so far. I still enjoyed Thor 2 but found it less thrilling than the original despite having more action.

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  2. This is probably the least compelling Marvel movies to date, though it was hilarious. It felt more like a comedy flick w/ a superhero in it.

    As for Lady Sif, "Can’t she just be an unstoppable fighter without getting dragged into a barely seen love triangle?" Totally agree! It's such a lame subplot that went nowhere.

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    1. Exactly. I don't mind having the love triangle in theory, but it got so little screen time so it felt strange. I had fun with it, but it's not one of my favorite Marvel films.

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  3. Hmm...I haven't warmed to the Thor character at all. I felt the first was poor and only enjoyed the fish-out-of-water comedy that seemed to be a sideshow to the fantasy-action that was taking place around it. So it doesn't bode well, at least for me, that Thor 2 is perhaps the weakest of the Marvel movies. That said, I'm not the biggest fan of their superhero productions anyway - I love the Iron Man films (1 and 3 being my favorites) but I much prefer Nolan's Batman and Marvel's co-production for the Spider-Man reboots.

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    1. Dan, if you weren't a fan of the first Thor film, I don't think you'd be thrilled by the sequel. It does have more of the fantasy action, so it's hard to say for sure. I've enjoyed most of the Marvel films in some way (Iron Man 2 being a big exception), but do think having to tie them into The Avengers films does give them less flexibility to really take chances.

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