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Thor - The Dark World was seen and very much enjoyed today. Unfortunately, I could only view the dubbed version because our small movie theater never shows OVs and even if they did, I could never drag my colleagues into one. But regardless, the movie was great fun.

My main wish for this one was a good handling of Thor and Loki and in that regard, I was very pleased. Okay, I could see everytwist in the movie coming - nope, Loki did not just cut off Thor`s hand (duh, this ain`t Star Wars); nope, Loki didn`t just die either; gee, is that suspiciously smirking guard perhaps Loki; gee, Odin sure seems weird, you think it may be Loki - but that doesn`t mean I didn`t enjoy watching these moments happen.

So everything wasn`t magically resolved between the brothers with a neat redemption for Loki but after the Avengers, them working together was the only way to go storywise. And as the trailers spoiled it, while I ultimately expected a betrayal, I didn`t want either of two things: a) for Loki to have masterminded the entire thing just to get out and b) for him to betray Thor mid-way through.

Neither happened. Loki was genuine in his anger/grief over his mother, as such Thor`s offer was genuine as well. Of course, as soon as Thor said it would be back to the cell afterwards, I knew Loki would escape. But until then he did what he could, he helped as promised and they had a couple of actual moments between them.

Personally, I love stories where the villain has some kind of personal connection with the hero, especially if it is love turned to hatred or anything the like. Because not only does it make things that much harder for the hero but at odd moments, it can also inform the villain`s actions. Gimme, gimme, gimme. If there is one thing I missed a bit in Avengers, it was that Loki seemed not conflicted at all when engaging Thor. So this here? Hell yeah.

In other news, I found the Jane Foster character much better incorporated than in the first movie. She and Selvig were a real part of the action in the final act by working the little portales. Portal Kombat for the win. :)

Didn`t quite understand why Odin had suddenly adopted Thor`s personality from the beginning of the first movie. "Humans are goats." "Get together with Sif and partAY." "War, war, war, let them come." "Strategy, schmategy, I`m DA MAN." Do shut up, allfather.

Frigga on the other hand was a real badass.

Also enjoyed the humour which is something that can be iffy for me in comic book movies. Not that I hate humourous scenes but very often they do not work for me. Here? I dug it. Thor hanging his hammer at the wardrobe? Priceless. Loki`s running commentary through the chase scene? Hee.

The visuals were very good and I loved the score. I`m easy about scores though. 85 % of my old CDs are movie/TV scores.


Btw, why the fuck is the movie called "Thor - The Dark Kingdom" in Germany? I can understand leaving an English title alone or translating it altogether so "Thor - Die dunkle Welt" would have made sense to me but swapping out one English word for another? And my guess would be people know "world" more than "kingdom". *finger making looping motion next to head* 

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legoline
Nov. 11th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Didn`t quite understand why Odin had suddenly adopted Thor`s personality from the beginning of the first movie. "Humans are goats." "Get together with Sif and partAY." "War, war, war, let them come." "Strategy, schmategy, I`m DA MAN." Do shut up, allfather.

If I recall correctly, Odin's actually a lot like that in the comics as well. At least the one I read.

I liked that for the first time I felt a little sympathetic towards Loki. Still not a fan, but his character was much better handled than in Thor & The Avengers. I still find hm pathetic, though.

I've always liked Jane and still do, she's great :-) And Darcy is my spirit animal.

The one thing that bothered me was that Frigga got to shine for three minutes and was then killed off so that Loki and Thor would work together. I guess it made sense plotwise, but I'm still not a fan.

Mostly, I adored the way that Sif clearly has a thing for Thor but still remains respectful towards Jane instead of doing the cliché-bitching.
astri13
Nov. 11th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
If I recall correctly, Odin's actually a lot like that in the comics as well. At least the one I read.

And I wouldn`t mind this but he was really not at all like this in the first movie. So it felt jarring here.

Granted, in the first Thor they needed to set up the conflict between young, hotheaded, arrogant Thor and wise, old Odin. But it didn`t work for me to flip the roles here just because Thor has now been established in his character. Consistency, people. *hands*

I liked that for the first time I felt a little sympathetic towards Loki.

I felt for him in Thor 1, too. In fact, the scene where he finds out about his origins was the most moving to me in the movie. In Avengers, he was a cool villain in my eyes but the emotional connection was lacking. Thus, I was happy to get it back here.

I've always liked Jane and still do, she's great :-)

I didn`t dislike her but felt the character didn`t really have much of a point in the first movie. She seemed superflouus and just there for the romance angle ultimately.

The one thing that bothered me was that Frigga got to shine for three minutes and was then killed off so that Loki and Thor would work together. I guess it made sense plotwise, but I'm still not a fan.

As soon as they had established that Frigga was still trying to connect with Loki, it was clear what would be the only thing to get Thor and Loki on the same page. So I expected it. Is it fridging? Yes. But after the first Thor, they could have used Odin for that role, after the first Odin-Loki scene in this one? Not so much.

And of course they wanted to set up the switcheroo ending. Overall, I could live with it.

Mostly, I adored the way that Sif clearly has a thing for Thor but still remains respectful towards Jane instead of doing the cliché-bitching.

Even though the character hasn`t gotten much screentime, the first or this movie, I wouldn`t have expected her to. After all, Odin was already there to bitch all over the place. *g*
leelust
Nov. 12th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
What you said! I never expected to enjoy this movie much. Though I just watch it to know what others are raving about and that's it. But imo it was way better than the first movie (funny scenes are priceless).
So in the end it was Loki, right? Then where's Odin?
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