‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review

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InThor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his Asgardian forces have kept busy attempting to bring order to the nine realms – after they were thrown into warring chaos following the destruction of the Bifröst (in Thor) and Loki’s invasion of New York (in Avengers).

In her efforts to reunite with Thor, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discovers an ancient (and extremely powerful) weapon, the Ather, which subsequently awakens one of Asgard’s most dangerous foes, Malekith, along with his Dark Elf army. Informed of Jane’s troubles by the Asgardian sentry Heimdall (Idris Elba), Thor returns to Earth to find and protect his love – setting off a series of events that force the God of Thunder into a desperate partnership to save Jane and rid the realms of Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) before the villain unleashes destruction upon the cosmos.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

For Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studios hired Game of Thrones alum Alan Taylor to help maintain Thor and Loki’s post-Avengers momentum  (replacing Thor director Kenneth Branagh) - and deliver a solid standalone “Phase Two” installment. For the most part Taylor succeeds, as Thor: The Dark World successfully builds upon characters and story lines from the first Thor , as well as Avengers, while providing entertaining (and humorous) moments and exciting action set pieces along the way. Certain aspects of the story are underdeveloped – and some filmgoers might (once again) have trouble suspending disbelief as to why S.H.I.E.L.D. and the other Avengers aren’t around to lend a hand – but overall Thor: The Dark World accomplishes exactly what a sequel (especially one couched in a shared cinematic universe) should do – increase the excitement and dig deeper into fan-favorite characters.

Like several Marvel Studios offerings (and the recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series), the main storyline in the Thor sequel centers on a new piece of supernatural technology (much like the Tesseract before it) that reignites an ancient battle between heroes and villains. While the setup is extremely straightforward, the script is surprisingly adept at balancing (and developing) ongoing story arcs (like the dynamic between Thor and Loki – as well as the God of Thunder’s future role in Asgard) and larger shared universe tie-ins (i.e. much-appreciated exposition and backstory, plus a few choice cameos).

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Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and Kurse (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)

Unfortunately, in the middle of the delicate balancing act, most of the new additions (especially antagonist Malekith and his Dark Elves) remain underdeveloped. The Dark Elves significantly up the ante from Thor’s first solo adventure, resulting in a number of thrilling (and visually stunning) action beats; however, compared to the quasi-Shakespearean story of sibling rivalry, alienation, and betrayal that fueled Loki as Thor 1‘s antagonist, Malekith is little more than an “evil leader” trope. Despite the best efforts of Dr. Who star Christopher Eccleston, Malekith –  as well as his right-hand monster, Kurse (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) – fall short of being round and captivating villains, instead relegated to spouting exposition and platitudes before turning into hyper-charged punching bags for Thor and Mjölnir.

Luckily, Loki picks up a lot of the slack, as Tom Hiddleston once again plays the fan-favorite trickster with a smart mix of humor, charm, menace, and moral ambiguity. Providing Loki with an adequate story arc and substantial screen time probably contributed to The Dark World‘s thinly-drawn Dark Elves, but most moviegoers will likely agree that Taylor made the right call, since Hiddleston’s scenes are often the most interesting, entertaining (not to mention most emotional) in the film. The Thor-Loki-Odin power struggle and meditations on what it takes to be a good king were some of the best moments in Thor 1 - and The Dark World sustains (and even builds-upon) these ideas with fresh developments.

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Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Anyone who didn’t respond to the fish-out-of-water story from the original movie will find Hemsworth’s Thor is significantly more commanding this round. While the character is still at the heart of some humorous moments, The Dark World‘s Thor is a hardened – as well as battle-worn – leader, focused on protecting the people he loves at any cost, and no longer concerned with personal glory. A more resolute Thor means that the Avenger is also more heroic – with some downright kick-butt action moments that showcase his powers (not just his strength) and his iconic hammer. As a result, the movie’s climax is much more exhilarating (and downright inventive) than its predecessor.

Even though Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three aren’t given quite as much to do this time, The Dark World nonetheless utilizes several returning supporting characters – most notably Jane Foster (Portman) and Heimdall (Elba), who are both much more active and instrumental in the sequel. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and newcomer “intern to the intern,” Ian Boothby (Jonathan Howard) once again handle comedy relief and exposition duty. Dennings nails her timing even in moments of tension, elevating the previously one-note Darcy character into one of The Dark World‘s most enjoyable inclusions.

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Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

As mentioned, the film doesn’t escape all of the pitfalls of a shared universe film experience. The Dark World is overstuffed with key characters (at expense of its villains) and some moviegoers will still have trouble suspending disbelief that Thor and his rag-tag group of do-gooders are alone in stopping an enemy that seeks destroy all nine realms. That said, there are enough knowing nods to The Avengers and Battle of New York to prevent The Dark World from being an entirely isolated experience – as the sequel manages to bind the film to prior events, as well as tease what audiences will see in future installments (note: make sure you stay through both the mid-credits and post-credits scenes).

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Thor and Heimdall (Idris Elba) in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

The film is also playing in 3D, but much like the first installment, springing for the added cost is entirely optional – not essential. Anyone expecting a lot of pop-out moments or exceptionally inventive depth-of-field shots will probably walk away underwhelmed. Nevertheless, several scenes do take advantage of three-dimensional visuals – and Asgard is more immersive in the premium format.

In the end, Thor: The Dark World succeeds at building on the Thor (and Avengers) foundation to offer a bigger and more exciting adventure for Marvel’s God of Thunder. At times, the film juggles too many fan-favorite elements and a few are underserved (most notably Lady Sif, the Warriors Three, and the Dark Elves). Regardless, Taylor’s Phase Two installment manages to walk a fine (and challenging) line between digging deeper into its main cast of characters and the continuing Marvel Universe storylines. Some moviegoers may be divided on certain plot beats and developments, but overall The Dark World manages to build momentum and enthusiasm for Thor’s return in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which -  given the stakes, logistical challenges, and Marvel’s grand ambition for a shared universe – is a major accomplishment.

If you’re still on the fence about Thor: The Dark World, check out the trailer below:

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Thor: The Dark World runs 112 minutes and is Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content. Now playing in 2D and 3D theaters.

Seen the movie and want to discuss it without SPOILING it for those who haven’t seen it? Head over to our Thor: The Dark World Spoilers Discussion.

Want to know how Thor 2 lays ground for future Marvel Films? Read our Thor: The Dark World End-credits Explanation article.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant editors check out our Thor: The Dark World episode of the SR Underground podcast.

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  1. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this movie! Since I’ve been reading all the negative BS about it I thought I might be in for a letdown, but after watching I think it might be my third favorite Marvel movie behind the Avengers and IM1 (and yes, that means it was better than IM3).

    The humor was actually funny and not overdone, the action was pretty good and the characters were surprisingly fleshed out for a typical movie from this universe. It completely enhanced and improved itself over the first version of Asgard in my mind, and now I actually look forward to a third Thor where before I wasn’t so sure. Marvel does it again.

    The Collector at the end was a bonus and now I seriously can’t wait for GoTG.

    I’d give it almost the same score this reviewer did, a solid 7.5/10.

  2. Bring forth Mangog the Terrible!!

  3. “some filmgoers might … have trouble suspending disbelief as to why S.H.I.E.L.D. and the other Avengers aren’t around to lend a hand”

    An alien who can shoot lightening from his eyebrows and you think the absence of S.H.I.L.D. is going to be the main reason to suspend disbelief?

    Ok, I kid, but you guys at Screenrant seem to be the ones with the biggest problem about SHIELD’s absense. How about the narrative being the main thing? How about not needing to crowbar SHIELD in to the film if they don’t need to be in it? If no mention, they suck it up and move on. It’s Marvel’s choice, good or bad.

    Let it go boys, just let it go.

    • +1

      • +2

        • +3

    • Thank you. SHIELD doesn’t have to be in freakin everything. Also, after seeing the new trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier SHIELD seems to be having enough problems as it is.

    • +1

  4. Great Movie! This is what Man of Steel should have been!

    • Yep, yet hearing from DC fanboys you’d think Man of Steel was much better, when it can’t even compare to IM2 IMO

      • Um, Man of Steel was WAY above this movie, IM3 AND IM2.

        It’s not even funny to me anymore. People have lost their minds IMHO.

        • YES.

          • INDEED.

        • Kofi, we’re all aware of your hate of Marvel ever since MoS underperformed. It permeates EVERY CBM article you write, to the ridiculous point of you replacing the letter S with “$” in S.H.I.E.L.D. articles. You’ve got some serious issues. I know this is Screen”Rant”, but this used to be a nonpartisan site with objective reviews. It’s gotten annoyingly fanboyish. IMHO.

          • I don’t know if it’s EVERY article, but damn. ;)

            • Yeah, I was ranting. (Screen”Rant” indeed, eh?) But the point still stands that this site has gotten more and more partisan. Can’t we all just like CBMs and not theorize that Marvel hired fake reviewers to take down MoS and other ridiculous theories?

              I liked MoS as much as most anyone, but let’s be real: DC’s not doing nearly as well as they hoped they would. They need to ditch Goyer and fast. He’s the only weak link. I didn’t mind the changes to the character or the “disaster porn” or any of that in MoS. For me it was the script that took itself SO seriously it’s almost like a “reverse-campiness”. Whatever the issue, we all know DC can do better. They look to be doing that with Bats vs Supes.

              When Kofi started putting the dollar signs into the text of an AoS review, it was just so petty, and yeah it irritated me. Yeah, duh. They’re in it for the money. So’s WB. I’m sure money had NO impact on the decision to put Bats in MoS2.

              This used to be my haven from the fanboy wars. Now it’s just another blip on the internet radar…

              • I gotta agree with pretty much everything, especially about MoS taking itself a little too seriously, my main complaint about that movie. That’s just not my style or what I look for in a CBM, but to each their own.

                The “damn” was because I was somewhat in awe of your comment… in a good way!

                • I agree that everybody has their own opinion on what makes a good CBM movie. I thought MoS was fantastic and that Thor: Dark World bogged itself down in poorly-executed attempts at humor. You couldn’t build up much dramatic attention with Juno-style rom-com jokes every ten minutes.

                  • You mean dramatic TENSION? I thought the movie was pretty balanced throughout with the comedy and the serious moments. It didn’t come across as too uneven and the jokes landed more often than not. It wasn’t hilarious, but like most Marvel movies it didn’t take itself too seriously.

                    Some people like their CBM’s on the more whimsical side and some like them grim. I tend to enjoy the Marvel version, but I also love quite a few Batman movies. I just thought the tone MoS was too somber for it’s own good.

                    Also, just my opinion, but the Superman character isn’t Batman, and he shouldn’t be treated as such. He should be the positive, uplifting leader of men, like a Captain America, and let Batman be the brooding figure. You can’t have an entire universe of gloomy superheroes set to a blue-grey background and hold my attention for long. There’s got too be some sort of separation of the different personalities.

          • “we’re all aware of your hate of Marvel”
            You speak for yourself, Bladeseeker.

            The royal “we” does not command your authority.
            The hate being spewed in this thread is not from Kofi.

          • I agree with Kofi’s assessment of the latest marvel movies and TV shows and I am Marvel fanboy. Totally agree with him about MOS. I have never seen anything on the big screen like it. Amazing action, great story, and actual character development of villains.
            MOS did in one movie what it took 3 Iron Man movies and 2 Thor movies to do. MOS is far superior to the latest Marvel movies unless you are a 8 year old kid. Keep up the great reporting and independent thinking Kofi.

            • “Totally agree with him about MOS. I have never seen anything on the big screen like it.”

              Really? You’ve NEVER seen a Michael Bay movie? Not even one?

              • Beyond hilarious.

                One of the worst CBM’s of the last decade. Only because of the action scenes does it have any redeeming quality whatsoever.

                Man of Steel is a 6/10 optimistically.

                • No redeeming qualities in saving a bus load full of drowning kids, huh?

                  No redeeming qualities in displaying a human element of not abandoning another human, even if it means certain death? (Perry White)

                  No redeeming qualities with the nod to Plato when he was being bullied…

                  *General Zod voice*

                  Where did you learn to troll…

                  ON A FARM!?!?!?

                  • Doctor…

                    Although I fully understand the Zod reference, I must insist that you not insult farmers…or farm animals…or farm equipment…or farm buildings…or farms, in general.

                    Trolls are NEVER worth wasting such comments on.

                    ;)

                    • *disclaimer*

                      No farmers, farm animals, or farm equipment was harmed during the making of that post.

                      :D

                    • *were harmed

                      BLAST!

                    • no, I was right the first time.

                      *sighs*

                      *leaves thread*

                    • LOL

                  • No redeeming qualities in displaying a human element of not abandoning another human, even if it means certain death? (Perry White)

                    Yeah, Perry White was much more heroic than Superman in this movie. Superman lets his dad die just because he doesn’t want to be inconvenienced by the unwanted attention. The sequel should be called “Perry White: The Guy Who Actually Acts Like A Hero”

                    • :D

                      Sad.

                    • No. He let him die because he trusted his father’s judgement, and the lessons he was taught growing up. Did you not watch the movie?

        • You know, you obnoxious children can keep repeating it all you want, but it doesn’t matter.

          The reviews are in, both from the supposed “pros” and the average movie-goer. Man of Steal My Money, wasn’t all that good. Well, at least not compared to IM2, and definitely NOWHERE in the league of an IM3.

        • I have no idea what these people are talking about. Way better than Man of Steel? Man of Steel under-performed? Probably futile even arguing with them. Man of Steel wasnt perfect, but it was one of the best super hero films I personally have ever seen, and definitely stands above most of the marvel films. IM2 better than MOS? now they are definitely messing with us.

          • Well, the box office revenues, critical reviews, and audience reviews all seem to agree with my opinion.

            In all honesty, your opinion seems to be the more nutty one.

            • Box office revenues are no indicator of quality
              and Rotten Tomatoes totals have lost all credibility.

              • “Box office revenues are no indicator of quality”

                Darn strait. If box office was a measure of quality then a great movie like Mud would have made way more money than a piece of garbage like Man of Steel. However, Man of Steel also received poor reviews, a fact which is reflected not only by Rotten Tomatoes, but also Metacritic and all other review aggregators.

                • Man Of Steel received poor reviews from poor reviewers.
                  Half of all “reviewers” aggregated are typing in daddy’s basement.

                  • Right and the other half come from audience reviews, not the professional movie critics.

                    Again, even with Supes on the screen (the most well-known CB character) using his powers, the audience still felt that it was not as good as IM3.

                    I’ll take the professional movie critics over the audience critics, but either which way, Man of Steel is rated worse.

                    • Did you actually read any of the reviews instead of just looking at the score? Because if you did, you’d know exactly where Robert is coming from.

                    • Half of the “professional movie critics” at Rotten Tomatoes are anything but which is why any score they aggregate is rotten.
                      The site has been corrupted by bloggers pretending authority.

                    • You’re full of baloney, Palmar. Man of Steel’s “Top Critics” ranking is even lower than its “All Critics” ranking. That means that prestigious publications reviewed Man of Steel EVEN MORE HARSHLY than bloggers!

                    • Rotten Tomatoes rated Sharknado 80%.
                      So much for your “professional” reviewers.

            • Actually Iron Man 3 Bluray and DVD sales are underperforming. Do your research man.

          • IM2 was better than IM3. Which is like saying dust is better than dirt.

            • Good grief. I bet when you were watching the scene where Lois says “If we’re done measuring d*cks, can you have your people show me what you found” you sat there shoving popcorn into your face thinking “Yeah, what great dialogue. Now we know that Lois is ‘tough’ because she said that thing about measuring her d*ck. Whoever wrote this dialogue is a true filmmaking genius. This might be the best film ever made.”

              • Pathetic, Motohead. Truly.

                Your calling people bigots does not make them so except
                in your little mind where you need to think they are
                as a means to cope with your defensiveness.

                I’d say grow up, but it’s too late.

              • Grt over yourself motorhead. Your not worth the screen space to insult.

                • Say, is that Phil Spector in
                  your Gravatar, Cyborg6971?

                  That’s a hoot, man. Good one.

                • Yes it is

                • Quite distinctive, Cyborg6971.

              • Funny, I did not even remember that dialogue.
                Clearly it made a deep impression on you.

                • It would be hard to forget. I’ve never heard a theater audience collectively groan before. A handful of us walked out right then and there.

                  • Too much for you. I understand.
                    Go with your parents the next time.

                  • Your full of s***

                    You, and a “handful” of others, got up and walked out shortly into a movie because of one line?

                    Your full of s***. But great attempt to make something up to help your argument along.

                    • @dragonarcher. +infinity.

              • This slanderous lie by you proves you are a flat out TROLL.

          • I wouldn’t say MOS stand above most of Marvel’s films. It does stand above IM2.

        • All too true. You are. of course, correct Kofi.

        • +1 Man of Steel is a 10000 times better than this generic, boring Marvel movie.

          • Thor 2 is Marvel by the numbers.
            For people who count on their fingers.

          • Man Of Steel is over-hyped.

            • Overhyped.

            • Couldn’t be more right… oh wait, it actually got the reviews it deserved!

              The reviews wire spot on.

        • +1
          Man of Steel is DEFINITELY better than both Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.

          • Man of Steel is better than Green Lantern, but not much else.

          • “Did you actually read any of the reviews instead of just looking at the score? Because if you did, you’d know exactly where Robert is coming from.”

            You know we’re talking tens of thousands of reviews that are averaged into one score right?

            That’s a pretty good sampling of the audience seeing as how 1,000 is usually the number that gives a sampling error of less than +/- 3%.

            • Garbage in garbage out.
              Sampling will confirm garbage.

              Reviewers who actually are professional
              and not just claimed to be are the minority
              source for reviews on Rotten Tomatoes today.

              • Your comments have no substance whatsoever. Do you enjoy spouting gibberish?

                Whether they are professional or not, the people have spoken. Metacritic shows the same thing. You just seem to discredit anyone who disagrees with you by making personal attacks.

                Good for you, doesn’t change the fact that almost everyone agrees, whether they are “professional” or not. all the review aggregators show the same thing, a very consistent MoS failure.

                • Do you enjoy being a marvel cheerleader? Are you on Disney’s payroll?
                  I like both DC and marvel but you sound like DC smothered your dog in front of toy as a child.

                  • Huh? I’m giving an honest opinion. I don’t like fanboys that spout rhetoric.

                    Facts are facts. If we’re arguing personal opinions then this will never end. Just go by box office numbers and the reviews from the audience and the pros.

                    Taking them all together, and finding Man of Steel consistently ranked worse, I think it’s safe to say it’s one of the worst.

                    If you disagree I already said I’m not arguing against that. You can disagree with whatever you like, I dunno why you continue to respond to me simply stating the numbers.

                    • No…

                      You may be giving an honest opinion, and you are entitled to yours, but you sound like a sniveling child about it.

                • You have difficulty comprehending anything that does not align
                  with your prejudices and consequently resort to insulting others.

                  • Pretty apt description of you I’m afraid.

                    You’re stating your opinion, but unfortunately these are the facts:

                    6 Marvel films so far have grossed more than MOS.

                    Man of Steel ranks worse in terms of critical reviews on every review aggregation site of renown.

                    Man of Steel ranks worse on most audience rating sites of renown.

                    You cant try and refute those statements or not, but these are the only 3 ways to gauge a films quality.

                    Everything else is just opinion.

                    • Believe what you want, Sparkey, calling people names.
                      Whatever you need to feel good about yourself.

                    • @Everyone – Let’s take a step back and breathe. Remind yourself that it’s JUST a movie and that some people will have different tastes on different movies for different reasons. There’s no need to get all riled up because someone disliked a Marvel film or someone else disliked a DC film.

                      You people are starting to sound like Apple/PC fans – geez.

                      Now, let’s stop talking about each other and get back to discussing the movie. I’d hate to have to start deleting comments.

                      Thanks,
                      Paul Young – Moderator

                    • If you wanna go the route of money made it took all of marvels avengers to make a bit more than the dark Knight. Which only had one DC character.
                      After repeat viewings the avengers is average at best. That’s why I call it the averagers.

                    • Have you heard of CinemaScore? MOS got an A+. Ohhh that higher than IM3 Cinemascore.

                • Rotten Tomatoes rated Sharknado 80%.
                  So much for your favorite reviewers.

              • Robert Palmar, Dr. Mindbender, ColdSc, Cyborg6971…

                Do any of you ever notice how the trolls who cut down MOS almost always do it with profit comparisons or, worse, with reviews? They have so much trouble thinking for themselves and coming up with legitimate, original critiques that they have to rely on others’ reasons or on strictly “factual” information to make their limp cases. I’m not talking about those people who have REAL reasons for their dislike of the film…after all, not everyone does (or even SHOULD) like the film (as with any movie); those who express that dislike and back it up with something more sophisticated than the guts of math textbook or paid opinions are worthy of being listened to and engaged in intelligent discussion. These would be the Mark Bartletts, et al.

                Then, there are the Karims, Motorheads, and Frank FORMERLY Wallys who argue rudely and incessantly…pity their sad stubbornness and just smile…and THANK YOU for fighting the good fight.

                :D

                • Oh, and my apologies…

                  I should have included The Avenger and Stark to the list of those who quite often present reasonable arguments even if their premise disagrees with any of ours on a given topic.

                  We do not all have to agree all the time (and, in fact, often don’t), but at least, we can have non-obnoxious, non-whiny discussions. THAT is what ScreenRant SHOULD be…

                • :D

                • Thanks for the polite validation sir!

                  Gotta admit I’m getting super tired of every single marvel/DC thread becoming a man of steel vs. iron man 3 slanging match.. Especially considering we’re supposed to be discussing Thor… Which was a very fun time at the flicks.

                  The bottom line is almost every comicbook movie is deeply flawed and all of us seek different things in our entertainment. No aggregator can prove that Man of Steel isn’t great, because MY opinion is that it’s awesome. I don’t see any wisdom in arguing with myself over whether or not I should like something.

                  I LOVED Thor: The Dark World. Marvel make light, very entertaining action comedies… And there is NOTHING wrong with that.

                  • Happy to talk with you and ANY who agree OR disagree with me…if we can indeed TALK, as you do.

                    …and THANK you for the point about the critical scores ( and yes, that does mean even if you had despised MOS). THAT is really the point I was trying to make.

                    For my part, I found (as I said in a previous comment) “Thor: The Dark World” to be an entertaining film that FINALLY starts off “Phase 2″ of the MCU on a good note. The sets were beautifully stunning for the Nine Worlds, I enjoyed the Thor/Loki interactions, and I liked the BETTER (still not quite right, but improved) balance of humor and drama in the film.

                    • I mostly enjoyed how deftly they were able to introduce sci-fi elements into the fantasy and still have everything feel natural. I absolutely loved the Dark elves portal guns, definitely one of the coolest movie weapons ever. Malekith could’ve done with some fleshing out though. I’d love to see Alan Taylor’s cut of this as there’s apparently stacks of stuff that hit the cutting room floor.

                    • I would be interested in seeing such a “Director’s Cut”. I did like a number of elements (at least, the attempts of some such) and would love to see Taylor’ vision more accurately played out.

                      Thanks for the heads-up to the possibility.

                    • Oops…Taylor’S

                    • “Formally Wally West” means you yake that name extremely seriously. “Formerly Wally West” means that used to be your name. THAT is tbe one you want if your screen-name is going to make sense.

                      There’s no way to simplify it any more effectively than this.

                    • Oops…this is for Frank FORMERLY Wally, not Mark. Hopefully, Frank will FINALLY fix his screen-name.

                      I accidentally put this response sooner in the thread than I meant…

                    • Sigh…ignore the typos…d@mn@ble phone keyboard.

                  • :D

                    Sad.

                • I’ve been subjected to this nonsense for most of the day now….

                  Sum up… In one sentence exactly what your point is?

                  Man of steel is rated higher on aggregator sites from critics and audiences…

                  So?

                  Do you really think that (almost meaningless) statistic will change the opinion of anyone who likes it? Yeah good luck with that.

                  I’m a marvel fan first but I personally feel Man of Steel is the MOVIE of the year, even with it’s huge flaws. Ultimately different things resonate with different people for different reasons.

                  A few people on this site LOVED the Wolverine… For whatever reason it was my least favourite out of this years crop.

                  I thought Kick Ass 2 was amazing and that got thrashed by the critics and flopped hard. There’s very rarely a unanimous consensus on what makes a movie great. It’s called diversity peeps!

                  • That’d be all well and good if those facts weren’t more or less meaningless in the face of individual opinion. This isn’t football. I couldn’t care less how well a movie performs critically or financially. What I DO care about is, has it performed well enough to get a sequel? Is there a story to be told? The answers to both are yes.

                    So, screenranters, how did London come across to you guys in the movie? Being a Londoner I find it super weird, kinda like listening to the sound of your own voice on tape… If that makes any sense?

                    • I’m not from London (I’m a little further up in the Second City) but yeah, it felt weird seeing a mostly British setting. Made a refreshing change too.

                      Shame we didn’t get a cameo from Brian Braddock.

                    • I have to admit. At first the wife and I were happy moviemakers gave New York City a break for once. Seeing the destruction of New York City hits to close to reality if you ask me. But watching the Dark Elves attack London left me wondering where the Doctor was. Why no help from him. Then I mindfudged myself more when I realized, in part, the Doctor was the one attacking London. (Christopher Eclesston played the ninth Doctor and Malekith.)Wonder if the sonic screwdriver would mess up Thor’s hammer? :)Anyways, liked the movie, loved scenes with Loki. As someone stated on a previous thread, perfect casting. Without Tom Hiddleston this movie is average at best. Also, Chris Hemsworth is great as Thor.

                • Yes, Archaeon, the TROLLS you mention are indeed TROLLS.
                  Lying TROLLS to boot in the case of hyperactive Motorhead.

                  • Not surprising…

                    • Sad but true. Some real housecleaning is in order.

                    • …that escalated quickly.

                • @ Archaeon

                  You can add yourself to the list who argue rudely & incessantly insults & twisting words. Seems like you like to fight with people if you thank someone for fighting the good fight.

                  • Sorry, Frank. You are quite wrong about Archaeon.
                    And I may say I am quite surprised at your behavior.

                    • @ Robert

                      Sorry Robert. Truth hurts. I didn’t come in this Thor 2 discussion insulting people like he did by name. So it doesn’t come as a shock by his behavior or yours.

                      As a matter of fact im cutting off any replies to Archaeon or won’t respond in any discussion after his last post. It seems Archaeon likes to cause nothing but trouble as those he claims others do which makes him no different.

                    • Btw Robert, you wanna stand up for Archaeon by all means, same can apply to you aswell. Have a nice day.

                    • And where did Archaeon initate any insult of any individual.
                      Plenty of Marvellettes came into this thread specifically to insult
                      and mock DC fans and Man OF Steel and in some cases flat out
                      lie claiming people made insults they did not make.

                      Not sure what you think does not come as a shock about me but I’ll stand on my reputation around here, thank you. I do slap trolls when called for when they ask for it. And this thread stinks of trolls.

                    • initiate insults

                    • @ Robert

                      Scroll up to where he listed me by name aswell motorhead, karim as trolls & you agreed with him? Lol,why not add Archaeon Robert? He spews the same rhetoric all the time. Expected better from you atleast despite of past posts. Be well.

                    • @ Robert

                      I wanted to add that Archaeon’s claim that I always cut MOS film down is false. Just because I have my likes/dislikes about a film does not mean I could hate it. I stated before my likes/dislikes about MOS one more than one discussion whether it was about MOS or Open Discussion. Archaeon seems to forget about that.

                    • Robert…

                      Thank you for coming to my defense and understanding my point…Frank FORMERLY Wally and I have had words before (particularly on that last Ben Kingsley thread) about our respective approaches to commenting. I got on to him about his inattentive stubbornness and his parroting of the same whine ad nauseum. I closed my comments to him there saying we were done, since he refused to acknowledge any view but the one he held.

                      Do you find it as funny as I do that he chose to make his grand announcement about no longer responding to me AFTER I had already said that to him…in short, PROVING he hadn’t paid the slight bit of attention?

                      It’s sad, really…but not very.

                    • Oh, and Robert…

                      Look at his screen.name to see another example of how he pays no attention to anyone who does agree with him. He REFUSES to fix his own screen name so that it actually makes sense, despite having been outright told of the misspelling by me and reminded of its continued existence by me and Dr. Mind bender.

                      Take THAT as you will…

                    • About my screenname. There’s another Frank Castle. I use this outta respect to him so theres no confusion. Understand the concept? Besides screennames got nothing to do with films or tv last time I checked? Always starting something up as I said before.

                    • “Formally Wally West” means you take that name extremely seriously. “Formerly Wally West” means that used to be your name. THAT is the one you want if your screen-name is going to make sense.

                      There’s no way to simplify it any more effectively than this.

      • Do you ever STFU?
        I’m not even trying to disagree.
        Just letting you know you sound like a whiny little b****

    • I disagree. I watched and very much enjoyed both movies. Loved the humor in Thor 2, but also loved the more grounded setting of the DC universe.

      Whenever I go watch Marvel movies, I go in expecting fun and laughter and they (well Robert Downey Junior and Joss Whedon) usually deliver that. However, there is no gravitas to the stories and they play out like Saturday-morning cartoons. Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with that, as I also enjoy many of those.

      The direction Snyder and Goyer are headed is just simply different, but IMHO very interesting as well. Man of Steel tried to give Superman a new identity by imagining how an orphan with such immense powers would fit into our world, and how people react to that. Plus, Snyder did an awesome job showcasing the raw power of Kryptonians with incredible special effects.

      I am hopeful that both cinematic universes can co-exist and at the same time treat similar topics like super villains and alien invasions each in their own way.

      • Ron…

        Very intelligent comment…well done. :)

      • This is how I feel as well. I like them both.

      • This is how I feel as well. I like them both for different reasons.

        • I never went the route of money, yet IM3 made more than every single Batman film. That’s a fact too.

          I just keep stating that every way you measure it, MOS was still worse. Whether it is by box office, audience reviews, or pro reviews.

          Again, that’s a fact.

          • Point.

      • DC movies more grounded than Marvel, that’s funny. The Dark Knight doesn’t count.

      • @Ron

        Very good points, I agree with them.

        I loved Thor: TDW and found the humour to be well placed amongst the action and drama.

        As for MOS, I found it to be the most disappointing comic book movie of the year, despite enjoying the grounded and serious approach (with the humour that was used to great effect sparingly).

        If people think otherwise, that’s cool. I can only speak my own mind, not anyone else’s.

        I mean, I thought Dredd was the best CBM of 2012, closely followed by TDKR with The Avengers being a total disappointment and very hard to watch at times but apparently, everyone on this site loved it so whatever, it’s all just opinion and conjecture.

  5. Loki is playing Coulson in AoS…

    • No, that makes no sense… he’s playing Odin in Asgard.

      • My bad, I got a little carried away. Mods, feel free to delete^!

  6. What the F*CK has happened to Screen Rant readers?

    Used to be, people KNEW not to post spoilers in a film review’s comments. There’s a Spoilers discussion at a whole different place on the site. That’s what it’s for.

    STOP POSTING SHlT FROM THE MOVIE FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT.

    • If you are referring to my comment..
      rest assure its just a theory of mine…

    • Ken, maybe you shouldn’t read movie reviews until you’ve seen the movie yourself to compare your opinion with the reviewer?

      It would stop you from reading spoilers and also allow you to use your own judgment and opinion rather than going because someone else liked it or avoiding because they hated it.

  7. I liked TTDW.

    Action, adventure, comedy, sadness, spectacle, drama. A little romance. Acting was good. Decent dialog. Plot was weak but had no obvious holes. The Asgardian family relationship more fully explored… Especially the two brothers. At this point I couldn’t imagine a Thor movie without Loki, and that’s ok.

    Main villain Malekith was short changed. We needed more backstory for him. Something to make him less one dimensional. In the current theatrical release Malekith is just a pure force for evil. Destroy everything except for the dark elves and Svartalfheim? (Whew! That’s a mouthful.) His defeat at the end was anticlimactic too. Though the FX were amazing!

    Marvel is doing such an amazing job. Even with a goofy character like Thor.

    I would give it 4 stars.

  8. Once again I find myself in the position of having to wait for the movie to be released in my Country (just a couple weeks, anyway), and once again I find myself looking with worry at review aggregator sites.

    Apparently this movie is posed to be the worst reviewed entry in the Marvel movieverse, being one point below The Incredible Hulk on RottenTomatoes (and ratings generally tend to go down as time goes by). Still, it’s one point above The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and that to me would mean that I can expect something just as entertaining (which is to say, pretty damn so).

    I keep visiting movie news and review sites out of my inescapable love for cinema, but honestly I’m feeling more and more hostile towards this kind of environment lately.

    • So far on RT, over 140K audience members gave it an average of 4.1 stars, for an 86% approval rating. That should tell you something. It’s WAY better than The Incredible Hulk and a little better than The Hobbit in my opinion.

    • I liked it more than IM3, Wolverine, and a lot more than Man of Steel.

      Best CBM of 2013 for me.

      • I’ve got to agree with you there. I was hoping Kick-Ass 2 would be better than it was, too.

        I also think next year that Captain America, GoTG and TASM 2 will be better than this years batch of CBM’s (at least it appears to me they will). Don’t have very high hopes for the next X-Men movie, however.

    • Rotten Tomatoes should be a very small metric in your measurement of whether you should see a film or not. There have been numerous articles discussing this so I won’t get into too much detail, but just realize that good movies can get low RT percentages, and garbage movies sometimes get high RT percentages.

    • Rotten tomatoes is a joke. Never go by that.

    • @Kenji

      Please, stop reading movie aggregator sites.

      They’re not a good judge on whether or not YOU will like or hate a movie. For instance, I’ve seen some top rated movies on sites like RT with the feeling that I’ll see something amazing but was left completely underwhelmed and wondering how it got such high scores.

      Bottom line, use your own judgment, not someone else’s. It’s why I don’t understand when people post topics on message boards saying “suggest a game for me to buy”.

      What if everyone points you towards a purchase and it turns out to be a colossal waste of time and money?

  9. just saw it today and i loved it its better than the first one and some parts reminded me of star wars a bit not sure if everyone here got the same vibe from parts of the movie, but yeah most of you are saying its better than im3 and i think i agree, also the trailer for captain america the winter soldier..wow i cant wait for that one im realy excited to see CATWS

    • Awesome, I keep hearing the same reference to Star Wars. That is amazing!

    • I think we’ll get even more of that Star Wars feel when Guardians of the Galaxy comes out.

  10. Just saw the film tonight. Thought it was better than the first film was. Id rate it 3 1/2 stars.

  11. It was ok, but actually disappointing at the same time since all of the pre-release material made it seem epic, which it sadly wasn’t. Man of Steel is still the best comic book movie of this year, with The Wolverine being second (TDW would be third).

    Pros:
    Everything to do with Loki.
    The actually was really good across the board.
    The effects looked really good.
    The mid-credit scene.

    Cons:
    Too much humor. I have no problem with humor and the Phase One films got the balance down really well. But the Phase Two movies have increased the humor to the point that it infringes on the narrative and kills any sort of tension in supposedly serious scenes.
    Malekith was a bland uninteresting villain with no real motivation.
    Sif and the Warriors 3 were underused YET AGAIN.
    The Thor/Jane relationship was also underdeveloped.
    The movie was too short, so there were pacing issues.

    I’d give it a 2.5 out of 4. Good, but it could have been so much better.

    • Excellent breakdown, Mr. Bond.

    • Damn, I was hoping the humor would be lifted a bit in this film =/. I love humor as much as the next guy but it’s just overdose sometimes. It gets to a point where I can’t take the character or film as whole seriously.

      • Less in more as far as the use of humor is concerned.
        It is difficult for humor not to call attention to itself
        and as consequence take you out of the movie.
        Worst of all too it can come off as forced.

        • I also find it can tend to seem apologetic about the source material.
          Like saying “this is all kinda silly anyway, so we’re going to crack some jokes to call attention away from that which embarrasses us.”

      • You won’t like this one then. The most humor of any Marvel film IMO.

  12. This movie was really good! I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.

    I was really truly disappointed with the first Thor movie.

    Thor comes out on top, big improvement over Iron Man 3, big improvement over a lot of films this year. Especially that garbage flick known as Man of Steel. With this being said, I hope DC/ WB, takes this in consideration and remove David S. Goyer and Zach Snyder from the Superman vs. Batman movie.

    I am really looking forward to Alan Taylor taking on Terminator.

  13. After the dissapointment of ironman 3 marvel has pleasently suprised me with thor 2. Really enjoyed it. Loved the way they showed all the diffrent realms. Maleketh was a pretty awesome villain. Give this a 4/5

  14. This movie was terrible and I give it a -0. Thor coming out as gay was only the beginning if the travesty only rivaled by the brutal rape scene between Loki and the prison warden played by Michael Ironside. Completely inappropriate for the age demographic.

    • hahahahahaha!!!

  15. Just seen it, a lot of good twists and turns. Acting was great and good amount of action. I could go in the critical direction of pacing which was evident in the anticlimactic end and underdeveloped love triangle of Thor, Jane and Lady Sif. Yet movie highly recommended!!

  16. The film was very well-paced in my opinion. Lots of action, funnier than expected, good character development and designs. Overall enjoyed the film. Looking forward to Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

  17. THOR is the best character and franchise of Marvel , THOR 2 is a great , amazing movie i give it five star

  18. You got your Farscape in my Thor movie!

  19. Truly understanding what I have learned today about the ScreenRant comment section is probably the equivalent to how I felt when I discovered the truth about Santa Claus.

    Don’t ask. You don’t want to know what I know. Me going into any detail is lose/lose.

    This is simply just a message to *him*:

    It takes a mind bender to know a mind bender. I am impressed.

  20. I really struggled to sit through this movie. Thor’s a pretty bland character unless he’s bouncing off someone interesting, like Loki or Hulk ( it picked up a little when loki was out of prison, but the dialogue was poor.. Altho Hiddleston’s charisma can lift any scene, no matter how cliched). A lot of the Asgard scenes reminded me of the Star Wars prequels, particularly with Natalie Portman in there re-enacting those clumsy romantic scenes with anakin… and those fake looking columned areas and watery city spaces. Ah I dunno, it felt like a bunch of cgi action scenes all mooshed together without bothering to make you care about the story or characters. Also why does Thor care about Jane Foster? Just doesnt seem to be much there. ..and that Beardy friend of Thor makes me think how awesome Gimli was.. and how lame a lot of the supporting characters like beardy are in this movie. Even Idras was a weak character, the only interesting people were that nude scientist and IT Crowd O’Dowd. Blah ah well. Maybe I’m just getting tired of superhero movies.

  21. Really? Honestly this movie was pretty bad

    Not even single scene where Thor fights off billion minions?
    That battle scene at the beginning wasn’t epic at all and it should have been.
    Main bad dude seems less bad than less main bad dude and his new acquire power was underwhelming

    Overall I was disappointed.

  22. And lady sif? What a waste.

  23. I thought it was an ok film with a reasonable mix of action and humour. It didn’t really have much tension though and the big super evil was rather under developed (great waste of mr eccleston) and was defeated a bit to easy. The other thing that kinda bugged me was just how easy Asgard was overwhelmed. For supposedly the greatest power in the 9 realms their defenses are pretty s***. And really,swords? A real warrior race would have ditched them ages ago for big guns! :-)

    • If you had a powerful world that defeated its enemies 1000 years ago, you would probably let your defenses slip a little bit. Asgard is protected by the sheer distance from other races, they’re pretty much the only ones with long distance teleportation. It’s not hard to comprehend why their defenses could be penetrated at this point.

      Also, your argument could be used to disprove itself. “A real warrior race would have ditched them ages ago for big guns!” could also be stated as “A real warrior race would use cold weapons because guns are for pussies.”

      (“Cold weapons” are things like swords, axes, spears, etc. It’s not a common term so I thought I would define it)

      • @Ken

        Totally agree about the weapons. You prove yourself more of a warrior if you choose the hand to hand option rather than the easy route (guns etc) because standing far away and shooting someone isn’t brave or warrior-like at all.

  24. It´s the best looking marvel movie to date. It´s up there with avengers in terms of action. It´s not as badass as Man of Steel. Man of Steel wasn´t as good as it could have been. The movie ends happily and this didn´t gel well with Ben Kendrick who “hates happy” … Kofi.

    • “It’s up there with Avengers in terms of action”

      So, you’re saying Thor: TDW was terrible then? Because I disagree, I enjoyed this movie.

  25. For me, it’s VERY f@cking weird when people say one movie is better than the other just based on different tones. Try to measure films against each other in areas where they have similarities. Comparing intentional differences and then saying “See, this one’s better because the tone or feel is different!” is weird, and also incorrect.

  26. I liked it a lot more than I expected. People should really be expecting humor from Marvel movies by now. You either like it or you don’t. I liked that they went in a couple directions I wasn’t expecting.

    As for this DC vs Marvel debate, I don’t get why it has to be such a big deal. The Batman trilogy was great and so was the Iron Man trilogy IMO. Every CBM doesn’t have to be action-humor and it also doesn’t have to dark and foreboding. It’s nice that we get some of both. Honestly, I didn’t like MoS, but then I have always found Superman incredibly boring so it might not be the film’s fault.

    I also find it somewhat humorous that IM2 gets such an awful reputation here and yet it got the same rating that this film did.

  27. Okay, I consider myself Thor’s no.1 fan (though HG has contested that..lol) and I was so pumped up for this movie. I believed this movie could be potentially the biggest/best blockbuster of the year. I was wrong. Like most superhero movies this year (save for Iron Man 3 IMO), it fell short. And the reason why IM3 didn’t fall short for me was because I really didn’t expect much from it especially after IM2. I felt there was little else that could be done with the character. RDJ had done it all. We’d seen enough Iron Man in 3 movies already and the villain, just like Whiplash, didn’t give me much hope. Hence I was pleasantly surprised with the angle Shane Black took it.

    Thor, on the other hand, I felt was not fully exploited in the first movie and I had hopes that GoT Alan Taylor would ‘right this wrong’. I don’t think he did. Rather in typical GoT fashion (which is okay for the series) I feel Thor, as a protagonist, was subsumed in the plot and just became one of the characters. Very little depth was given to him as a person, something Branagh did rather well in the first movie and I had hoped Taylor would improve on it. Rather, greater work seemed to have been done on Loki than anyone else. Even Sif was once again a passer-by IMO.

    The humour was a little too thick-especially with the ‘interns’-that I began to fear that we might soon be heading back to the campy superhero days of ‘Batman & Robin’ when this genre was not taken seriously. Humour is good only when utilized appropriately. I understand that it is Marvel’s style and I don’t mind it, but when human interns are poking fun in the presence of clear and present apocalyptic danger (as if they are aware that no harm would come to them)then it begs the question how serious the movie wants to take itself or we of the situation. I’m not asking for dark and serious stories- just some humour ‘appropriateness’. Hanging the hammer on the hat-rack was brilliant for example. Thor entering the Volvo (though under such an emergency I wonder why) and asking about the other guy was cute. The ‘interns’ however went overboard in some parts and made jest of the final battle scene for me.

    Like the Destroyer in the first movie, I didn’t see the major fight scene I was hoping for with Algrim the Kursed- it was just too brief.My pros? Elba’s Heimdall, Loki’s acting, Frigga’s final battle and burial.

    The story could have been much better IMO. But altogether an okay movie. 3.5 in my books

  28. Reading a lot if the hate between the DC and marvel fan bases. I read all the comments and someone said this was much better than the *insult* mos movie..

    So all the marvel fanboys can stop saying stuff about DC being butthurt because on every review I read it’s always marvel fanboys bringing the issue up.. Just keave a comment about the movie at hand and shut up. I liked every CBM movie this year except Wolverine. Mos was my favorite though, followed by TDW

  29. @Everyone – I asked once before and was ignored. Let’s get back to talking about Thor 2 and stop talking about MoS. We have a MoS review and thread that you’re welcome to hop into and sing all the praises you want. However, addressing someone who is saying they liked Thor 2 by only saying “MoS was better *blah blah blah*” will not be tolerated going forward. All it does is create promote a hostile environment for other readers and does nothing to promote meaningful discussion within THIS thread.

    If you’d like to discussion why Mos was better than Thor 2 then please feel free to talk about your thoughts in one of our Open Discussion threads. That’s the perfect place to talk about topics not pertaining to this movie.

    Thanks,
    Paul Young – Moderator

    • Paul…

      My apologies…I have said all I was going to on non-Thor matters…bring down the thunder! ;)

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