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The rejoice of fans of post-credits can be seen everywhere. Thor The Dark World has boasted two suckers with one only came at the end and audiences can even take time to nip out for a loo break before rushing back to catch it.
But that is just a comment and you should not show up at the end. The first 100 minutes of the movie still worth watching since it has people talking and fighting. As a result it will reward you with a thrilling and surprising funny reminder that after Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3, nobody is better than Marvel at making superheros blockbuster. And remember, Thor The Dark World is the Thor’s third big-screen appearance in the case of Kevin Feige – the man who determine not to make the same film twice.
The first Thor movie, which belong to Kenneth Branagh, was a charming, cheesy and even campy fish-out-of water comedy. Then there was Alan Taylor’s Thor The Dark World which is tonally, visually and thematically. It is a different kettle of bilesnipe as it is on a much bigger scale than the relatively low-key first instalment. There are many times when the movie created a feeling of a sci-fi war movie. And it is absolutely did not create a feeling for a superhero movie, even when its lead character can fly and virtually indestructible.
The difference between Thor The Dark World and Avengers Assemble is huge even with some occasional callbacks including a lovely riff on the shawarma and the appearance of a nice cameo. But this is laid out as a sequel to Thor. The movie begins in the same way structurally with a slightly clunky prologue — complete with portentous voice-over from Anthony Hopkins as Odin exposition. It then set up both the film’s villains, the Dark Eyes and the Aether and and all-powerful source of dark matter that might as well be called the MacGuffin.
Back to our key players, there was Tom Hiddleston’s Loki bound for the dungeons after that kerfuffle in New York. On the other hand, Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, was living in London and had to go on an extremely awkward blind date with her potential new boyfriend who played by Chris O’Dowd. Of course, this Earth man can never stand a chance of living up to Jane ex-boyfriend, the God of Thunder.
That made us wonder how was the main character. For most of the movies in MCU, Marvel knows how to cast the right person to make their comic book characters flesh. If put in the wrong hand, our Thor could have been ridiculous – may be an abbed-up demigod who looks like he is finding himself in a gap year and who speak with a Ye Olde English twang. But luckily Chris Hemsworth has brought charm and power to the role. Our Australian comports himself with admirable ease. He managed to make it work from the get-go and he handled the comedic and dramatic aspects equally adroitly. Chris succeed in describing a rapidly god Prince who is forced to rebel against his stubborn father so as to save Asgard and the rest of the Nine Realms. It is understandable that no one looks up to the day Chris Hemsworth puts the hammer down.
Hiddleston and Loki are the same case. The English actor has been indelible in the row. He donated many of the remarkable scenes and lines in the movies such as “It’s not that I don’t enjoy our little chats,” he tells Odin, “It’s just… that I don’t” as he suggested the layers of pain and regret that lurk beneath Loki’s preening, prideful surface.
Thanks to Loki’s increased status, Feige, Alan Taylor and all the movie writers Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had the motivation to bump up Tom Hiddleston’s screen time and made the movie into the Thor and Loki Show. That was the reason why for the first hour of the movie, Loki was locked away in his super-hi-tech jail cell, disconnected from the larger story. He was kept in the background for almost 60 minutes. And only when Thor was backed into a corner and had to turn to his brother for help did the Thor and Loki Show begin. The time Loki and Thor together is worth the wait, whether they’re bickering over the controls of a spacecraft or, in one more serious showdown, unleashing thousands of years of pent-up hurt and rage. The role of Loki in Thor The Dark World reminded us about Magneto in X-Men 2. He was still a villain who constantly mocked and taunted his older brother. However, there was a bit of dramatic potential in his inner conflict.
When Loki could not be the true villain, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, successfully filled the Loki-shaped hole. The Dark Elves along with their groovy spacecraft has the position of an Al-Qaeda-type force. They are the fallen god whose commitment to their cause was so great that they will die for it. However, Malekith himself is ultimately a rather bland, generic villain.
It is said that the final battle between Thor and Malekith was gloriously entertaining. It was set in a big city and featured two powerful foes knocking seven shades out of each other. But this was not the city that mired Superman. Instead of that, it was tricksy and inventive with constantly wrong-footing and fulfill with hilarious effect. Although the movie’s title is dark and we have to say goodbye to some of our favourite characters, Thor The Dark World is amusing. It added some laugh to this sequence when the universe is at stake.