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Saturday, 2 November 2013

At The Fleapit: Thor - The Dark World (2013)


One thing that you should be aware of, going in to Thor: The Dark World, is that much like the bulk of his comics in recent years very little of the action in this movie sees Thor actually on Earth.

The majority of events unfold on either Asgard or Svartalfheim (home of the dark elves), and the mythology of the Nine Realms isn't spoon-fed to the audience, which I appreciated. It's taken that you grasp the various realms of Norse/Marvel lore and understand them enough to follow what's going on.

However, it seems appropriate that Thor: The Dark World should open in the UK over the Guy Fawkes' weekend as it is primarily akin to a fireworks display going off behind your eyes - lots of explosions, flashy special effects, noise and little story.

The plot revolves around a mystical superweapon called the Aether which the Asgardians hid on Midgard (Earth) to keep it from Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his Dark Elves. However, thousands of years later, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) - while trying to track down Thor - stumbles across the Aether in an abandoned London warehouse and absorbs its power.

Thor whisks her off to Asgard, but the Dark Elves are already alerted to its discovery and start to put their plans into operation.

There are some epic fight scenes in the movie, with the larger ones resembling live-action Warhammer battles, and eventually everything comes down to some wonderful cross-dimensional shenanigans as the Nine Realms come into a once-in-five-thousand-years alignment called The Convergence.

S.H.I.E.L.D. gets several mentions, so lets hope that, given that the scale of the climax easily rivals the Battle Of New York, that the Battle Of Greenwich gets a look-in on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

The movie also boasts a cheeky cameo by one of Thor's fellow Avengers, an unexpected death and a twist ending - as well as the requisite post-credit scenes (one of which is a wonderfully tease of the insanity to come in The Guardians Of The Galaxy).

I must admit I was bemused by the large number of people who got up and left as soon as the credits started to roll - have these people never been to a Marvel movie before or do they just watch the end credit sequences online later?

The bottom line is that your enjoyment of this film is directly related to your enjoyment of the previous Marvel films. I loved it, Rachel didn't - make of that what you will.

Thor: The Dark World is a superb exercise in dazzling effects and comic book excesses, but its core story remains quite slim.

2 comments:

  1. I believe that there is a London-set episode of Agents of SHIELD coming up and there's one on the way that ties in with Thor 2; I assume that they are one and the same.

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    1. Thanks for that info, Kelvin. I try not to "read ahead" for fear of spoilers, but it's good to know that there probably will be some kind of crossover.

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