Thor: The Dark World

The first Thor was a bit disappointing.

There, I said it.

It could certainly have been worse, but it really felt like the entire movie served solely to set up Thor12 for the Avengers. It wasn’t terrible, it just … was.

Thor: The Dark world3 makes up for it.

It takes Asgard and the nine realms in all their CGI mono-environmental glory4 a step further. It shows that even if the Asgardians are gods, that doesn’t mean that they’re immortal5. It brings a bit of the science-fantasy edge to the Marvel Universe, nicely contrasting with the science of Iron Man and Thor and the blind patriotism of Captain America. It’s a neat world, and could probably even stand on it’s own6.

That’s not to say that there weren’t a few problems though.

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) still doesn’t make sense. They had one weekend together7, then didn’t see each other for years.

Then there was Christopher Eccleston as the big bad Malekith. He was just … sort of there. Pretty much completely interchangeable. Sure, he can kick some Asguardian butt, but so can The Incredible Hulk. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Still. Pretty good. Pretty dang good. Of the Marvel Movies this year, I still liked Iron Man 3 better, but only just. They’re both certainly worth a rewatching in a year and change when Avengers 2 comes out.

Ranked: 2013 Movie Reviews

  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Frozen
  3. Iron Man 3
  4. The Croods
  5. Gravity
  6. Thor: The Dark World
  7. Star Trek Into Darkness
  8. Monsters University
  9. Elysium
  10. Ender's Game
  11. Man of Steel
  12. Django Unchained
  13. World War Z
  14. Despicable Me 2
  15. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  16. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  17. Parental Guidance
  18. Oblivion
  19. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  20. Beautiful Creatures
  21. R.I.P.D.
  22. Jurassic Park (3D!)
  23. The Wolverine
  24. Oz the Great and Powerful
  25. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  26. Jack the Giant Slayer
  27. Warm Bodies
  28. Don Jon
  29. Turbo
  30. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  31. Pain & Gain

  1. And Hawkeye (comics) [return]
  2. And Phil Coulson [return]
  3. What’s with the colon’ated titles? [return]
  4. Seriously? An entire frozen world? [return]
  5. Although exactly what will kill them remains somewhat unclear. [return]
  6. Although the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe makes it all the better [return]
  7. Seriously. Thor takes place over three days. [return]