Thor - The Dark World 2013

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Action adventure sequel which sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the Marvel Comics superhero Thor, based on the mythical Norse God of Thunder. After the events of 'Marvel Avengers Assemble' (2012), Earth and the Nine Realms come under attack from the powerful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his age-old army that have existed since even before the creation of the universe. With the enemy proving near impossible to defeat, Thor approaches his adoptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) for help, despite his villainous past. Meanwhile, the hero becomes reacquainted with the woman he loves, astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and takes her to Asgard in an attempt to protect her from harm. The cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings and Zachary Levi.

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Ray Stevenson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins
Director Alan Taylor
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins
Director Alan Taylor
Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins
Director Alan Taylor
Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
I'm still trying to catch up on movies I missed in the theater in 2013. One of those was Thor: The Dark World, so when I saw a friend had bought it, I snagged it right away. (Yeah, I watched it that week and returned it.)

The story picks up after TheAvengers. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is busy fighting across all the realms to keep any dark and powerful forces at bay. As a result, he is being treated as a hero and his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) thinks that he might be ready to become king.

The one thing holding him back is Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). He loved this mortal woman, much to Odin's dismay. However, she has just stumbled on an anomaly in London that could kill her. Even worse, it means the Dark Elves, a race that had supposedly been defeated a millennia ago, want her to drain this anomaly from her and use it to take over the nine realms.

I have noticed some issues with superhero movies. The first one is always an origin story, and it slows the movie down while we wait for the hero to gain their powers and come to terms with it. Then, in the sequel, they have to up the stakes by giving us two villains. I actually have to respect this movie because it doesn't try to do that. Instead, it just tells us the next chapter of the story with the next villain. Okay, so you could argue there is an army, but they act as one, therefore one villain.

This allows time for some character development, which I felt was a strong point of the film. Through the action, we got to know many of these characters better, which made us care about the outcome.

However, I must admit I was disappointed with Jane in this movie. Yes, the love interest is pretty much there just to get in trouble and provide motivation for the hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
With phase two rumbling on Thor was the last one on the list for me to catch. The first one was a great fish out of water action film and instantly elevated Thor from the "whose that?" to a headline Avenger! Unfortunately Thor The Dark World drops the ball somewhat and as a result ends up being the weakest of phase two.

It is not a bad film, it's just disappointing! The action is beefed up and the effects are superb but the whole story and point of this film just fills like filler until the next Avengers film. More of a contractual obligation rather than a step forward in a character arc.

This time round we are very much set within the realms of Asgard. We see more of Thor's homeland and the nine realms that he helps keep at peace. Directed by Alan Taylor of Game Of Thrones fame you can see the scale in the battle scenes being ramped up to all sorts of fantasy levels. There are large scale battles with soldiers and trolls and all sorts of big ugly bad guys.

Jane and Thor's relationship is still as fragmented as it was before and to be brutally honest Jane is one of the most boring of the female leads in the Marvel universe. The only relationship worth watching is Thor and Loki who once again spark when they share screen time together.

However the main downside to Thor is a common one with Marvel. The villain of the piece is very weak. Once again we have a masked warrior seeking revenge and an object that will give them all consuming power etc etc. There is no charisma from this dark elf and at no point does it feel like he poses a real threat. This is something that needs serious addressing within the offices of Marvel.

So here's hoping that Age of Ultron will bring Thor back to where he belongs. Giving him something meaningful to do and something that will interest the audience.

Not a bad film but a case of dropped ball on this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Burville on 5 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
The first film was good fun. This one has a very weak script, overly dramatic lighting and absurdly over the top cgi. It gets boring quickly and there's not enough in the story or the characters to hold your attention. I can see that someone who likes a lot of noise, flashy effects and God-like fighting will enjoy this but for anyone hoping for more than a poor copy of an awful video game it's a complete waste of precious time.
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94 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Nichola Thorpe on 13 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
After the life-changing The Avengers, every nerd worth their salt has been dying to know What Thor Did Next. (A reality show HAS to be in the pipeline, right? Like a Real Housewives of Asgard thing, with wonderful asides of Loki judging everybody and... okay, getting off track here.) Iron Man 3 didn't give us any clues what our favourite burly demi-god has been up to, and here we learn why: he hasn't had time to pop by Earth just yet, as he's been busy restoring peace all over the universe. Seems a good excuse to me, mate, but I'm not sure Jane will take it so well!

Befitting director Alan Taylor's Game of Thrones heritage, this time we come to a darker, grimier Asgard. Gone is the shiny, futuristic gadgetry of Branagh's Thor; instead, everything starts falling apart around out ears five minutes in. There are tears in this film, and real losses that change characters forever. The first film was a fish-out of-water tale; Thor was an arrogant boy who needed to grow up and fall in love. Here, he's been there, done that and bought the T-Shirt: this time, he means business, and he's taking everything seriously with a much more mature head on his shoulders, and to Hemsworth's credit, he delivers this as effortlessly as he did the buffoonishness of the character in the predecessor. But it's Hiddleston who's the real treat. He has been excellent in both Thor and The Avengers, but he surpasses himself here. This film really delves into Loki's powers as the god of mischief (watch out for a particularly hilarious, blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene where he transforms into somebody familiar...) and makes a real meal out of his trickiness. And oh, what a delicious meal it is! His murky past, unclear loyalties and surprise alliances are riveting to watch.
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