Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thor: The Dark World 3D review

I usually don't start a movie review with a tip about the end credits. But I feel it's important if you see Thor: The Dark World. There are two scenes in the closing credits. One comes midway in the credits. The other is at the very end of the credits of the movie. It's this one that I strongly urge you to stay for. This end credit scene should have been in the main part of the film. I'm guessing that maybe Marvel Studios thought it was too annoying for pre-teenage boys.

Thor: The Dark World starts out with a flashback. Evil elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) wants to unleash the Aether. From what I can tell the Aether will destroy the universe and replace it with a dark world. Oh, why couldn't this elf be one of Santa's. Bor, the father of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor's father, defeats Malekith. But the Aether is trapped in another universe and the evil elves escape.

In the present day, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) who's a little crazy and very funny, discovers that the nine Realms are aligning allowing passages between them. Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is accidentally sucked into one and comes into contact with the Aether. Thor (Chris Hemsworth)returns to earth to find Foster. In the first Thor movie, they had a romance. Anyway, Foster tells Thor not to do remakes of silly right-wing fantasies like Red Dawn. Okay, that's not what happened. Thor takes Foster to Asgard to find a way to remove the Aether from her. You see Obamacare doens't cover this type of sickness. Anyway, Malekith is still looking for the Aether and Thor must enlist the help of Loki (Tim Hiddleston) to find Malekith's dark world.

Thor: The Dark World delivers the goods even with this strange and confusing plot. There are nice touches of humor. And director Alan Taylor doesn't let his camera get in the way of the sincere performances of he actors. The film is touching at times, and features entertaining action scenes. One complaint. There are times that the action is too frantic and there's confusion. The score by Brian Tyler is magnificent. It's heroic and the bold main theme should be used for all future Thor movies.

As for the 3D version of this movie, I recommend you see it in 2D. Like its predecessor, Thor: The Dark World is a 3D conversion Unlike the first one, this movie is well lit. I'm not sure if the filmmakers knew it was going to be released in 3D and adjusted. But you can see most of the picture. Unfortunately, like almost all 2D conversions to 3D, this movie lacked pop and depth. Nothing to see here.

Thor: The Dark World is a worthy successor to the first Thor movie. Fun, humorous and romantic. And remember don't leave until you see the last scene after the credits. The grade is B+.

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