By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: #ThorTheDarkWorld is all sizzle but no steak. Production and CGI are epic, but script is convoluted. It still manages to entertain though.
The Gist: An old villain returns to bring darkness to the universe, but Thor is there to stand in his way.
The Highlights: When it comes to a large scale production, Thor 2 looks as big as The Avengers. There is a ton of action and an extravagant amount of CGI battles, destruction and Marvel related quips that should entertain teens and adult geeks. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are charismatic and magnetic as always.
The Lowlights: The story is a bit convoluted. There is A LOT going on and not everything makes sense. A lot of, “wait… what’s going on?” before it propels itself into another scene with another character. Director Alan Taylor, who’s known mostly for TV directing and who last time directed a movie was in 2003, was shooting for a very ambitious Thor. Regrettably, some of the script got mumbled and jumbled. Marvel’s last two films, Iron Man 3 and now Thor: The Dark World have been heavy on action and VFX and light on a great story.
To 3D or not 3D?: The 3D feels almost non-existent. There were some great opportunities to use the medium and director Alan Taylor didn’t take advantage of it. Surprisingly, Marvel who is owned by Disney, should’ve applied the same 3D technique from its confrére Walt Disney’s Animated Studios’ short “Get A Horse,” which uses the best 3D I have ever laid eyes on.
Pay or Nay?: Pay for it. You’ll still be visually entertained and it is a treat to see known Marvel superheroes such as Thor on the big screen. For what it’s worth, when films are low on story and high in action, it’s easier to forgive and ignore flubs. Something similar happens here.
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content
Release Date: November 8th, 2013
Screenplay: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat
Director(s): Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Stevenson, Alice Krige, Zachary Levi, Chris O'Dowd, Stan Lee
Distributor: Marvel, Disney
Film Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi