Franchise Weekend – Thor: The Dark World (2013) Revisited

Director: Alan Taylor

Writer: Christopher L Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson (Comics)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi

 

Plot: When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.


Tagline – There was darkness.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sequel

 

Story: Thor: The Dark World starts as Thor (Hemsworth) must restore the power in Asgard after Loki’s (Hiddleston) actions, this has made him in the position he should be, waiting to take over his father Odin’s (Hopkins) role. Meanwhile on Earth Jane (Portman) is trying to move with her life, but in London she discovers an unusual series of events which ends up taking her to Elf world.

When Jane becomes cursed, Thor takes her to Asgard to find a cure, which gives Malekith (Eccleston) a chance to lead his army back into combat so he can return the universe back to darkness. Thor must turn to Loki t help him defeat Malekith and save the universe.

 

Thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

 

Characters – Thor is once again preparing to take his throne in Asgard, he has restored faith in the nine realms, but he still misses Jane. When she becomes cursed, he returns to Earth to save her, which only brings back an ancient enemy to the Asgardians in the Dark Elves, he must disobey his father once again to end the threat and save the woman he loves. Jane is trying to get on with her life now, her research has taken her to London where she is trying to get over Thor, her investigation sees her cursed and taken to Asgard to learn about Thor’s home world. Loki is locked up for his actions, after his mother is murdered, Thor turns to him for help to get vengeance. Malekith is the leader of the Dark Elves, he has waited for his chance to bring the universe into darkness once again, killing Frigga the mother of Thor.

PerformancesChris Hemsworth continues to make Thor one of the most entertaining character in the universe. Natalie Portman was known to not be interested in being in the film, it does show in her performance which does disappoint. Tom Hiddleston brings another dimension to his character here which is only going to make him a more loved character. Christopher Eccleston does give us a basic villain, one that is only after power and is mostly under make up, making his performance harder to judge.

StoryThe story here follows Thor on his latest adventure, one where he must face an ancient enemy who wants to put the universe into darkness, while finally returning to Jane who has become cursed by the Dark Elves magic. This is another sequel that does address the previous films in the franchise by showing the hints the Thor and Loki could still rebuild their bond even after what Loki has done, we address forbidden relationships between Thor and Jane, have a villain that is obsessed with power, though isn’t the most three-dimensional and see Thor needing to learn more about his responsibilities as a potential king. This is everything you would expect a sequel to be in this universe.

Action/FantasyThe action involved in this film is mostly big CGI chases sequences between spacecrafts, we do get Thor doing the hammer routine which works well enough for the film. the fantasy side of the film continues to build on the idea that the worlds above have been fighting longer than people could imagine with fresh enemies waiting in the shadows.

SettingsThe film uses Asgard, the home world of the Dark Elves and London as the main settings, each has its own action sequences which also shows what Thor is fighting for.

Special EffectsThe effects are not as strong as previous films, but we do get some very impressive scenes none the less, the certain moments of weakness do hold the marks up though,


Scene of the Movie –
London battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The villain isn’t as interesting as previous ones.

Final ThoughtsThis is still an entertaining sequel, it might not be as strong as some of the previous films, but it entertains throughout.

 

Overall: Fantasy Filled Sequel.

Rating

 

 

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

lgoDirector: Alan Taylor

Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier (Screenplay) James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd (Characters)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B Vance, Byung-hun Lee

Plot: John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Popcorn Sequel

Story: Terminator Genisys starts with narration from Kyle Reese (Courtney) and how Sky-net destroyed the world in 1997 leaving the few survivors either running or becoming slaves to the robots constantly running from Terminators. John Connor (Jason Clarke) saves a young Kyle Reese who is leading the resistant. When John is planning the final attack it looks like a complete success until they discover Sky-Net has sent a Terminator back in time, when Kyle volunteers to go back and protect Sarah.

The mission is to protect Sarah and stop Genisys before it comes online, but the world Kyle is set back to isn’t the same as The Guardian (Schwarzenegger) has been protecting and training Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) for years and another Terminator the T-1000 (Lee) has been waiting for Kyle to return.

Now Sarah, Kyle and Pops nickname for the good Terminator have to work together to stop Sky-Net and their plan before Judgement Day happens. After Sarah and Kyle move forward in time they meet John Connor but he isn’t everything they remember but undercover for Sky-Net.

Terminator Genisys is a film I really can’t find a way to criticise what I saw, I liked how the film took the same ideas that the first two created and increased the threat level behind the events. The main four characters Terminator, Sarah, John and Kyle just being the only ones involved in the main story helps because lets face it Terminator 3 and 4 spent too much time trying to create a new terminator but this time the terminator becomes personal. You can always be a fan of a franchise that builds upon the previous film and this fills in everything that was created after Judgement Day. (7/10)

Actor Review

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Guardian has been sent back to protect Sarah from a younger age then in previous films, he has trained her to deal with all the different terminators as they wait for the moment which is meant to be for her. Arnold gets to have a lot of fun with this role makes him feel like the old Arnold is back. (7/10)pps

Jason Clarke: John Connor is the leader of the resistance who sends Kyle back to protect his mother. He makes a surprise appearance in the life after Sarah and Kyle go forward in time but is everything as it seems. Jason makes for a great villain even if he starts of as the hero. (7/10)john

Emilia Clarke: Sarah Connor is a lot more prepared for the terminators in 1984, she has spent a lifetime fighting them along with her Guardian. She knows where her future is going but still has the desire to live her own life. Emilia comes into the franchise and does a good job in the iconic role. (7/10)sarah

Jai Courtney: Kyle Reese is one of John’s most loyal soldiers in the battle against Sky-Net, he volunteers to go back in time to protect Sarah but what he finds is a different future to what he had been expecting. He get caught up in the middle of a battle he was only looking to be part of the beginning of. Jai does well because we have seen weaker performance in the past but this could be the start of something good for him. (7/10)kyle

Support Cast: Terminator Genisys has a supporting cast that includes the generic authority figures and a comic relief J.K. Simmons.

Director Review: Alan TaylorAlan stays true to the originals to make a good addition to the series. (7/10)

Action: Terminator Genisys has plenty of action sequences mostly CGI heavy though. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Terminator Genisys checks off nearly all of the sci-fi check boxes to make it one of the better sci-fi action films of the year. (7/10)

Thriller: Terminator Genisys keeps us guessing until the very end. (7/10)

Settings: Terminator Genisys uses the generic locations throughout. (6/10)
Special Effects: Terminator Genisys has a mix of great and bad CGI effects that really can make things good or bad as certain parts look great but the bad let the film down. (5/10)

Suggestion: Terminator Genisys is one for the popcorn fans to enjoy, I think the die hard fans will be disappointed. (Popcorn Fans Watch)

Best Part: Arnold dead pan comedy.

Worst Part: Bad CGI.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

Funniest Scene: Line up.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Most likely

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $318 Million

Budget: $155 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 6 Minutes

Tagline: The rules have been reset.

Trivia: Jason Clarke is the sixth actor to play John Connor in the many portrayals of the character. This has lead to people referring to him as the “Rusty Griswold” of the Terminator series as five different actors have portrayed that role in the many films.

Overall: Fun popcorn film that will entertain throughout.

Rating 70

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

logoDirector: Alan Taylor

Writer: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Screenplay) Don Payne, Robert Rodat (Story) Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby (Comic Book)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings

 

Plot: Thor (Hemsworth) returns to Asgard and unites all nine realms earning respect from all realms but his heart is still drawn Jane Foster (Portman) on Earth. An old enemy of Asgard Malekith (Eccleston) leader of the Dark Elves has been waiting for his chance to rise up and conquer and once Jane finds the Aether she becomes possessed, Malekith awakens and heads to Earth. Thor must come back to the rescue and brings along his brother Loki (Hiddleston).

 

Verdict: A smart, funny superhero film

Story: As a story on its own it will be very hard to pick up and watch and really understand what is going on. (6/10) As part of the franchise this is brilliant story that offers some much need reunion between Thor and Jane. It also gives us a conclusion to Loki story but leaving enough doors open for a Thor sequel as well as an events to return for the Avengers. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Chris Hemsworth – Thor goes against orders to save the day much like the first Thor. Chris was made for this role and continues to do a great job in the role. Star Performance Award, Iconic Performance Award, Action Star Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Natalie Portman – Jane Foster the human love interest that’s curiosity gets the better of her. I feel like this role could go to a more unknown actress as someone of Natalie calibre needs to be in a more dominate screen role. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Tom Hiddleston – Loki the scene steals of the Avengers but locked up due to events in that film. Helps Thor escape to stop Malekith. Tom has made a real name for himself in this film and with the role he continues to be the star of the show. Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Christopher Eccleston – Malekith the leader of the Dark Elves who want to take control of all realms. Good villain role from a very capable actor. (8/10)

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Director Review: Alan Taylor – The first steps into movies and he does an excellent job fitting into the world created by previous directors. (9/10)

 

 

Action: The action scenes are very ambitious and stand out. (9/10)

Adventure: The adventure side of the film is good. (8/10)

Fantasy: With the creations of Asgard we get a brilliant fantasy world. (10/10)

Special Effects: Brilliant special effects all round. (10/10)

Believability: No but what comic book it? (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The setting put together brilliantly be it Asgard, The Dark World or London. (9/10)

Suggestion: I personally enjoyed this film and would recommend this to people, but I do feel that you will need to have seen Thor and Avengers to understand some of the jokes and reasons certain things have happened. (Superhero Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Asgard invasion

Worst Part: Too many inside jokes about previous films.

Action Scene Of The Film: Asgard invasion

Funniest Scene: Any scene with Darcy (Kat Dennings) in

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes being it stand alone or next Avengers

Similar Too: Thor

 

Overall: Super, Superhero Action Film

Rating 88