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Thor: The Dark World DVD
In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
From the Studio that brought you the #1 Super Hero movie of all time, MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, comes another must-own, epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction. Experience this action-packed adventure featuring bonus content, including a deleted scene and a new exclusive look at the feature film MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 20882
- Director : Alan Taylor
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 52 minutes
- Release date : February 25, 2014
- Actors : Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Language : Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B008JFUS0U
- Writers : Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Pro tip: don't watch the Thor movies out of order or some of the important parts of the storyline will not make sense! ;) Oh... and bonus features on all these movies are totally worth watching!!!
The film revolved around the Dark Elves who were at war with Asgard and released a force called the Aether. They lost however, and Asgard buried the Aether, but then it was discovered by Thor’s love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Prtoman) and entered her body. That led to a new war between the head of the Dark Elves Malekith and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the Thunder God Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
There’s an underlying theme of family conflict and reconciliation as well. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned at the start for his attack on Earth that occurred in the first Avengers’ film, but not executed because his mother Frigga (Rene Russo) still loves him. She is Loki’s only real connection with another even though he doesn’t want to admit it. When Frigga is slain by the Dark Elves it starts Loki’s reformation as he’s willing to work with Thor for revenge. This relationship would be further explored in Thor Ragnarok.
I think the main criticism was that there was just too much darkness in the movie. There were not only the Dark Elves, but the dark Aether, and then Malekith turned a black Dark Elf into Darkness to attack Asgard. Seriously though I think a lot of people just felt like the story fell flat. Some of this is warranted. Dark World is not as good as the first Thor movie and nothing compared to Ragnarok. That being said, it’s far better than Captain Marvel, Spider Man Far From Home or even Dr. Strange which are the worse releases by marvel so far. Yeah, there’s a lull in the middle, but when Thor decides to work with Loki things get a lot better all the way to the climax at the end.
I taped him “working the line” after a performance of “ betrayal” in London. It’s a very intense play and Tom has some very emotional moments. Yet he came bounding out of the stage door like a happy Irish Setter and hugged and signed pictures and took selfies with fans as if it was just exactly what he wanted to be doing for at least 20 minutes in the middle of a hot London day.
Although I think NYC and all the nonsense that went on in the Betrayal audiences and the Taylor Swift surprise “ all the time we were together I was boffing someone else or crying because I couldn’t and was stuck boffing silly old you instead” latest cavalcade of musical crap - in the photos I’ve seen of him walking the line after Betrayal on Bway - he looks a little tired.
A movie brought to A plus level and the first franchise I didn’t hate - thanks to TH and CH and all the other very well casted bunch and whoever directed this - Kevin Feige or Kenneth Branagh or my grandmother - this movie is truly a Phoenix.
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Got it for the 3D which is good I have to say - I can watch this film over and over again to be honest.
Do you know Christopher Eccleston? The actor who dropped out of Dr Who after a single series and refused to turn up for the Matt Smith David Tennant episode - the serious act-TOR who doesn't want to be associated with something like Dr Who? You know him? Yeah?
He's a Space Elf in this.
Visually, the world of Asgard looked stunning. Clean beautiful shots of towering architecture, fully embracing its fantastical green screens which were hardly noticeable. In fact, the majority of the visual effects were excellently produced (aside from Marvel's eternal weakness, human CGI), particularly the designs of the Dark Elves spaceships as they recklessly invade Asgard. The returning cast all gave consistently good performances. Hemsworth, Portman and Hiddleston retain the original likability that we've all come to adore. Although Russo, Hopkins and Ecclestone were questionably underused. Costumes were fitting, production design detailed and a plethora of other technical aspects being fully functional. That's not The Dark World's problem.
The inherent issue is with the unmemorable story that lacks any evolution for the characters involved. Thor remains the same from the start to the end. Loki is still mischievous without emanating any emotional conflict of vengeance. And Jane, unfortunately, subsides into a convenient plot device just so Thor has a reason to come back to Earth. The relationship between the two never progresses, and feels more forced than ever. And over half of the film is set on Asgard with the narrative progression becoming stagnant. Nothing happens.
Then we come to the antagonist, Malekith. The accursed. Ruler of the Dark Elves, and one of the most powerful. Shame that he was completely wasted in this formulaic story. Seriously, the most underdeveloped pointless waste of a Marvel villain in the entire MCU. Ecclestone, a talented character actor, was pushed aside for Dennings' insufferably unfunny remarks, in an attempt to inject some humour that the original was apparently absent of. It just further cements the unmemorable qualities that The Dark World upholds.
Whilst not necessarily a bad film, I mean it is watchable to an extent, it fails to live up to the quality of previous entries (minus 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Incredible Hulk'...). Leaving the film rotting in the dusty realm of Svartalfheim.
Having revisited the original film in Marvel’s ‘Thor’ saga a night or so before, (see my review of 2 September) last night we watched the second film again. Whilst, unlike its predecessor, it is not directed by British actor Kenneth Branagh, it is another very superior addition to the Marvel Universe. Many of the aspects of ‘Thor’(2011) which were most praiseworthy, also apply here.
As with ‘Thor’, the CGI aspects are excellent. This is a clever trick to pull off, because again, it mixes Norse legend with large doses of Astrophysics. It is a bit like ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Pitch Black’! So there is plenty of Sword and Sorcery low-tech, as adversaries fight with swords, spears and other antique weapons. But there is also space flight and super high-tech weaponry on display. The visuals cope ably with both the ‘evil elves’ aspects of the plot, and also with the space craft and planetary manifestations. Everything looks seriously impressive, the action is fast and exciting, the fights and battles suitably hair-raising and high octane. The director, Alan Taylor, is very highly regarded as a director working on top TV series such as ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Deadwood’ ~ he has an Emmy for an episode of ‘The Sopranos’ ~ and the quality shows.
The same excellent cast members as in 'Thor' continue to deliver. Again, Anthony Hopkins leads the line with stern and unflappable dignity, as Odin, All-Father, Ruler of Asgard. Again, Idris Elba, as Heimdal, the Asgardian Sentry and Guardian matches him for gravity and composure. And as before, Australian Chris Hemsworth and Old Etonian Tom Hiddleston knock sparks off each other as Odin’s sons Thor and Loki, one the good son, the other the duplicitous one. Hiddleston always looks as though he is having enormous fun! And that son of Salford, Christopher Eccleston, also seems to be having fun as Malekith, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, complete with long blond plait! The role required 6 hours in makeup apparently, though the effect is worthwhile.
Inevitably, the story is to a degree a rerun of ‘Thor 1’ ~ ie nasty-looking evil creatures rebel against Odin and Asgard, Thor takes up the challenge, chaos and blood-letting ensues. However, there is enough new and interesting here to engage and entertain. Loki is without doubt the more interesting character, and keeps Odin, Thor ~ and us ~ guessing throughout! The fact that London, and Greenwich specifically, becomes the centre of the earthly action is also a bonus, and very well done.
Like ‘Thor’, this is essentially popcorn, one of an ever-lengthening list of Marvel 'Crash, Bang' movies. However, also like ‘Thor’, this is very well-directed, well-presented, well-acted popcorn, witty and impressive ~ so pretty well as good as it gets.