On Friday night I decided to hit the town, brave the crowds and check out Thor: The Dark World on opening night. Now while it certainly isn't the worst film in the Avengers Saga (that title is held securely by Iron Man 3) it certainly wasn't the best. It was nowhere near as good as the first, but still somewhat watchable. Though, I'm not sure I would recommend anyone spend movie theater money on this one, and please allow me to tell you why.
What was lacking
The first thing that disappointed me was the lack of story line reserved for Natalie Portman as Jane. In the first film, a lot of time was spent developing this relationship between the two leads, and it left us eagerly awaiting the moment when the two would be reunited once again.
Well now that moment is finally here, and after a few quick barbs and slaps, we are the ones left hanging out to dry. Jane is hardly in the film at all, and when she is, she barely even looks at Thor. The relationship doesn't progress one inch. It felt more like two awkward teenagers who broke up and have now found themselves at the same party, instead of two long-estranged lovers finally reunited after tragedy has kept them unwillingly apart. The truth is this part of the film is awkward and uninspired.
This lack of inspiration was certainly not limited to the relationship between Jane and Thor, but rather, it permeated the entire movie. The plot, story, script, and each and every character reeked of it and it made it almost impossible for me to enjoy a movie I wanted so badly to love.
Nothing was more upsetting however than the utter predictability of the entire film, including the ending. Without a twist or turn to be found, the script was bland, bordering on boring. To add insult to injury, the writers use every opportunity to lay out each and every detail of what is coming and how the story will end.
Lastly, the story overall felt rushed and thrown together, especially the ending. After sitting through 2 hours of "blah" I was rewarded with an ending that was beyond unsatisfactory. Again, I won't give any details, but it simply felt rushed and unexplained, leaving more questions than answers. I also just found the conflict itself very hard to get behind and at no point did I feel invested in the film, the characters or their problems.
Well, to be honest there aren't many but I would say the action was one redeeming quality. It was much better in this film than the first, but I would have traded all of it for a better built story. With that said though, I thought the graphics were well treated, and you definitely get your fill of Thor and his buddies ending worlds, which was great and a lot of fun to watch.
I would also say that the comedic elements were a major strength for this movie. It was just the right amount, and really helped to tie in all the films with the common denominator of sarcasm and wit. The nods to the other films and characters were also subtle and well placed and all of it was spaced out perfectly, so it didn't feel lacking or overwhelming. Most of all though, it reminds you of the lighter side of comics, which makes it even more enjoyable for the true fan.
Wrap It Up Already
Overall, I thought the story, dialogue, and characters were soft and uninspired. I thought the film played perfectly into all the cliché stereotypes used to describe most sequels, and only the existence of Iron Man 3 keeps Thor: The Dark World from being the worst film in the series.
However, with that said, the action was great, it had a decent pace, and was witty and well shot. Also, as bad as the movie was, it was nice to see all the old characters back together again.
My advice to you would be to proceed with caution here. If you have a free ticket, or know a cheap theater near you, by all means, don't hesitate. But if you are planning on dropping $15 - $20 to see this one in 3D somewhere, I would say to hold off, as I give Thor: The Dark World a 6/10.
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