Directed by Alan Taylor
Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne & Robert Rodat
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston & Anthony Hopkins
Sometimes it’s good to live in Finland. One of those times is when Marvel movie comes out. We get to see them before the most of the other countries. And that was the way with Thor: The Dark World as well. I saw it yesterday. Yay!
The first of all; I’m not able to be objective with this film. So this is probably more “the fan girl” review than the actual one. I love Loki. Love him. Tom Hiddleston in other roles is not that bad either but as Loki… And guess what, I’m not the only one. Have you seen this clip from last summer’s Comic Con?
Yeah, seems like everyone is in love with him after The Avengers and Marvel, Disney, Whedon and especially in this case, the scriptwriters Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely know it. All the best lines are written to Loki. Don’t get me wrong, this is still very much about Thor (or well, the black elves wanting to destroy the world) and Loki is the side kick but yeah, he is the best side kick when it comes to sarcastic and laugh-out-loud comments. Thor is also less brooding than before and I definitely think Natalie Portman should do more comedies, she’s not bad at being funny. Plus OMG how beautiful she is.
But anyway, Thor 2 is entertaining, quite fast-paced, fantasy action. But to me it was much better than the previous installment of the same character. By that I mean Thor 1. Because unfortunately this is not as good as The Avengers. I’m not even sure if it’s as good as Iron Man 3. It is really hard to be objective when you are just glad to see your favourite villain back at big screen and having fun with it. But this is solid popcorn entertainment but the tone is a bit darker than in ironmen, so it makes it somehow harder to take it seriously. I haven’t read the comics, so I don’t know the tone in them but to me it seems a bit weird that the general tone in Marvel films is quite light (vs. e.g. Nolan’s Batman trilogy) but this hero gets the moodiest vibes. But then again, I did cry during the film and that’s quite a lot. But mostly this one is about nicely executed actions scenes, great one-liners and not so much about the plot which is kind of stupid as well is the main villain of the story. But who cares, when there’s Loki and scene with camera gliding along Chris Hemsworth’s shirtless upper body. They know their audience. 😉
See this one, if you watch anything from Marvel. If you like Hemsworth, Hiddleston or Portman. If you like good gags, not-that-bad action, London, this weird combination of sci-fi and old-fashioned clothes and houses (I don’t get it; you live in the city with more than modern facilities when it comes to war machinery or safety and then you dress up like you’re living in the middle ages?! ) or just in general a decent piece of entertainment. Don’t expect too much and you will not be disappointed. Oh, and do seat through both of the end credits.
Rating: **** (out of *****)
Photo credits to Screenrush, natalieportman.com, GQ