Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Another for tonight!

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)
 Dir. Alan Taylor
 Writ. Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus
 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
 Rated PG-13
 112 mins.
 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Marvel
 IMDB Rating: 7.2

I seem to keep announcing things you’ll learn about me, but I can’t help it… and I’m about to announce another right here. You will discover that I am a big Marvel movie fan!

Thor 2 is one of the Marvel movies that a lot of people are VERY divided over. Half the people who saw it loved it, half of them hated it, very few were indifferent. I’m on the ‘love’ side.

Thor: The Dark World (mostly called Thor 2 for brevity’s sake) is set after Thor has returned to Asgard after the events of the Avengers. We see Loki, after his failed attempt to subjugate humanity on Midgard, thrown into the prisons, Thor and his friends fighting great battles in various realms, and of course, Thor pining (and let’s face it, who can blame him? Natalie Portman is EASILY top 3 most beautiful women in the whole world, I’d pine after Jane too, dude!). The action really starts when, back on good ol’ earth, Jane and her lovably hilarious and quirky intern Darcy discover the real live version of Portals and Jane gets sucked into one and gets infected with the Aether. No, that’s not a Victorian illness like Consumption, it’s Dark Matter from before the Universe existed (or so Odin says). The movie is basically Thor trying to save Jane from dying and all of the Universe from Maliketh the Ninth Doctor the Dark Elf.

Things people hated about this movie for some reason:

  • Darcy
  • It was ‘silly’
  • Jane
  • Thor missing Jane melodramatically
  • Darcy
  • Lack of the other warriors
  • Loki getting a (somewhat) redemption arc after what he did in the Avengers
  • Darcy

Things I LOVED about this movie:

  • Darcy
  • It had the moments of comedy Thor and the Avengers did
  • Natalie Portman’s face on my screen
  • Thor loving his little human lady even though he’s a freaking god
  • Loki proving that he’s back to being under his own control but is still a devious little shit

So, as you can see, it was really a ‘you love it or you don’t movie.

(WARNING, I can’t really do this one without some spoilers, turn back now!)

I love Loki as a character. He’s a very well rounded character. I mean it was wonderfully evil in The Avengers, don’t get me wrong, but in Thor 2 he’s more devious and yet pretty human. Even the most heartless person in the world has a weak point, and his was his mother. Sure, his faking his death was all back to the good ol’ villain Loki, but very few villains are 100% ‘evil’, they have human moments, and Thor 2 was his human moment. Then we went back to everybody’s favorite murder-happy villain!

Thor in this movie is very much a Thor who has grown as a person, and it makes him more REAL feeling than what he had in Thor and The Avengers. In those movies, he was very much “Thor: The Mighty Hero!” not ‘Thor, this dude whose life is totally messed up right now’.

And as both of these highlighted, the biggest part of the movie, really, was Frigga being killed. Queen Frigga was the one character that anchored Thor, Loki, and Odin. Her death set in motion the only reason Thor was able to defeat Malekith and save the world. Odin went into full on ‘die in glorious battle!’ mode in his grief, Loki went into ‘revenge for murdering the only person that loves me’ mode, but Thor was able to use something so horrible to go about saving the Nine Realms.

Also, it has to be said, that the funeral scene? One of the most beautiful scenes in modern cinematic history. I don’t even mean the graphics, though that is AMAZING, but rather I mean the way that it was done. The image of her funeral boat leading all the other dead Asgardians boats to the edge of the world, and then all of the ‘souls’ floating up into the sky to join the stars already up there? It’s just such a beautiful idea. The concept of the dead becoming stars is so MOVING. That whole scene is one where you don’t necessarily want to CRY, but you have that tightness in your chest with such overwhelming emotions.

I just really, really loved that movie, in spite of the negative reactions some people had.

My Rating: 7/10

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About J. Chelsea Williford

Student at Middle Georgia State University, writer, pop culture lover.
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