Directors: Alan Taylor, James Gunn
Key Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: Some time after the Avengers’ battle in New York, and two years after the happenings in the first Thor movie, this story depicts Thor’s return to planet earth in order to protect Jane, who found herself crossing worlds through a scientific jibber-jabber I was not clear on (sorry). Thor faces Malekith who wants the power of the aether, a mythological substance that would give him absolute power over the nine realms.
Overall Rating: 1 1/2 – 2 Stars
Honestly, I only went to Thor 2 because Christopher Eccleston is in it. Though I was pleasantly surprised (even with Christopher Eccleston I expected this film to be mostly drudgery) it is still merely “meh.” You see, I have this thing against sequels. And when there are a gazillion (actual count) sequels for male superheroes while there is not even one movie dedicated to Wonder Woman, Storm, Black Widow/Natalia Romanova, or a decent rendition of Cat Woman, my exasperation with sequels merely compounds. And there really wasn’t enough Christopher Eccleston in this movie. He was the main antagonist! Why wasn’t there more Eccleston? That guy is truly a marvel (ha ha, get it?) and it seemed to me that there were more shots of his stunt double than there were of Eccleston.
However, Loki is incredible. He really made the movie. Loki is the only reason I rated this film 1 1/2 – 2 stars instead of only 1 1/2 stars. Tom Hiddleston. Well, geez he’s great. Loki is so evil and by far the best character (not just because he’s evil). He’s clever, manipulative. You never really know what he’s thinking. Can Thor really trust him? You just don’t know! It’s great! And to think, F. Scott Fitzgerald playing an evil master of illusion. Loki is reason enough to see this movie.
Bechdel: I have to admit, I was surprised this movie passed the Bechdel Test. I think most superhero movies fail completely. However, Jane’s intern Darcy (played by Kat Dennings) is full of spunk and they discuss science (What??? Female characters discussing science? Now way!) among other things. In addition, Thor’s mother Frigga (Rene Russo) and Jane converse about self-defense. To sum up, this movie had three whole female characters with names who talked to each other about something (anything!) besides men. Quite unusual for superhero movies.
However, despite passing the Bechdel Test, it is quite apparent that Jane’s life is pretty much about Thor. Sure, she’s a brilliant scientist. But she pretty much cried for two years while Thor was away. Do male writers really think that’s what women do when the men we love go away? Spend years crying? Sorry. That’s just not how it works.
Thor: The Dark World really is just “meh,” even despite Tom Hiddleston. I just found it overall boring, thus am late posting this review. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to review it because I found it so overall dull. The real question is, is it dull because it is actually dull? Or is it dull because superhero movies are far too common anymore, especially sequels, and I have lost interest (except, apparently, in Loki. Can Loki have his own movie?)? And then there was the scene where Jane was floating in the air and I thought, “Wait. Did I somehow stumble into the movie version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?” (Harry Potter fans, think cursed necklace.)
This movie wasn’t without its good bits, however. Stellan Skarsgard is quite hilarious. His portrayal of Erik Selvig is fun and great. Example: He thinks better when he’s not wearing pants.
And here’s a parting shot of Loki.