The first Thor was a bit disappointing.
There, I said it.
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.
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
- Pacific Rim
- Iron Man 3
- The Croods
- Thor: The Dark World
- Star Trek Into Darkness
- Monsters University
- Ender's Game
- Man of Steel
- Django Unchained
- World War Z
- Despicable Me 2
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Parental Guidance
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
- Beautiful Creatures
- Jurassic Park (3D!)
- The Wolverine
- Oz the Great and Powerful
- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
- Jack the Giant Slayer
- Warm Bodies
- Don Jon
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Pain & Gain
What’s with the colon’ated titles? ↩︎
Seriously? An entire frozen world? ↩︎
Although exactly what will kill them remains somewhat unclear. ↩︎
Although the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe makes it all the better ↩︎
Seriously. Thor takes place over three days. ↩︎