Top critical review
2 people found this helpful
Not essential viewing but I enjoyed it.
on 2 March 2014
The older I get the more of a need/geek I become. I've never had the urge to read every Marvel or DC superhero series, and it really irks me that there's so many in-house cross-overs that I'll never have time to read everything anyway and become absorbed into the universe(s).
All that changes with the Marvel "cinema" universe. It's obviously been growing over the last few years, starting with IronMan, but I get to keep-up with the cross-overs (e.g.: Avengers Assemble) and appreciate the continual references to the comic source material.
Not each of the Marvel films are as strong as each other, and I feel that Thor: The Dark World and the original Thor are two of the weaker ones. But, that doesn't make them bad. I found myself easily engrossed with this latest "episode" of the Marvel universe.
If you were to watch it as a standalone movie, it won't exactly be must-see viewing, but as part of the series, it works.
The visuals and acting as a good as any of the others films, although the actual plot isn't exactly deep. But I am in complete awe of how Marvel/Disney have brought key characters to life and continue to do so. My only criticism, is that this and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Solider could be seen as a "filler" movies between IronMan 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy. (And what will we get between GOTG and Avengers 2?)
Also the One-Shot: Hail the King extra is great (although I completely understand the comic-fan-base rage about The Mandarin and this "apology"!)