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

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Eric Pearson (Screenplay) Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson (Story)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Jeff Goldblum, Ray Stevenson

 

Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thunderous Blast

 

Story: Thor Ragnarok starts as Thor (Hemsworth) is on a mission to stop a threat to Asgard but returning him he learns of a new threat in the disguise of his Brother Loki (Hiddleston) pretending to be Odin (Hopkins), but this has bigger problems as the brothers must locate their father to return him to his throne before Hela (Blanchett) Goddess of Death comes to claim Asgard for herself.

The adventure takes the two across the universe meeting Hulk (Ruffalo) fighting as a champion for powerful ruler The Grandmaster (Goldblum) but this only gives Thor the fuel he needs to build his team to head back to Asgard before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on Thor Ragnarok

 

Characters – Thor we know now, the God of Thunder but after Hela arrives on the scene he must learn to control his true powers to once again save his people from their impending doom, showing the leader skills, his father was admired for. Loki is back exposed but Thor but joining him to save the people that raised him, he does try to use his tricks to say ahead in this mission but finds he isn’t up to the standard he once thought. Hela is the Goddess of Death, hell bent on destroying Asgard and everyone who will not follow her orders, this is a villain that isn’t afraid to fight as we see her killing anyone that gets in her way including whole armies alone, she is easily one of the better Marvel villains and shows this franchise produces the best villains, but don’t get me wrong this character only works in Thor.

For the secondary characters we have, Hulk who has found himself being a champion fighter after going missing from Earth and as Bruce he gets to explore the galaxy unlike he could imagine. Valkyrie who is a drinker but lethal bounty hunter collecting contenders for the fights but does have a connection to the Asgard history. Heimdall returns as the once all seeing guardian of the Bifrost the teleportation they use to get from different worlds, he is in hiding after what happened in the previous film but he will always fight for his people. We get a string of other character with Grandmaster being the powerful ruler of a planet people are forced to follow his entertainment of death matches from across the galaxy.

PerformancesChris Hemsworth as completely embraced this character as his own now, this is now one of the best performances from any actor in a superhero role. Tom Hiddleston continues to entertain as Loki, he does look like everything is ticking in his mind in every scene too. Cate Blanchett gives a great performance in a role you can see she is having a lot of fun playing. Idris Elba finally gets a kick ass character to play and is great too. Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster is fantastic to watch, part charismatic leader part psychopath. Tessa Thompson gives us a performance that could rival any female supporting character in any Marvel film, plus she is gorgeous in this role. Mark Ruffalo gets great moments, embraces the characters he is playing too. The whole cast is great even the small roles throughout the film.

StoryThe story bottles down to Thor needing to learn his powers to once again save Asgard, this has been the route for all the film in his side of the franchise but you know what, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it baby. This does increase the stakes to the threat but it isn’t only bringing Thor’s character around we also learn more about Loki, Hulk and even Heimdall while introducing us to new potential heroes in Valkyrie and Korg. This shows brilliant world building in preparation for Infinity Wars because you will feel by the end of it Thor will know his place in any battle that could come his way. We do also have a lot of distance between the heroes and villains which helps because we only get the one showdown fight which is kind of all we need too.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action is great, we have hard hitting comic violence, hero versus hero and a villain that isn’t going to get beaten easily. The adventure takes Thor across the universe to work with new friends, old friends and family to defeat the enemy. Take Thor’s full story into space helps too, because we have only ever seen the Guardians in space, but this shows we can have a space hero without it being the star side of it all, instead new worlds, with new monsters.

SettingsThe settings all look fantastic, we do have a new world, that could be anywhere but have plenty of new species of aliens on it which Thor must navigate, Asgard of course and a moment or two on Earth but only 5 minutes or so.

Special EffectsAll the effects seem to hit the mark for me, from the opening battle Thor goes through to the final showdown between the characters.


Scene of the Movie –
Thor versus Hulk

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Trailers give too much away.

Final ThoughtsI love the Thor movies, I won’t deny this, I find enjoyment in them over most of the other Marvel films because I like the idea of ancient Gods. This does take things into a complete mix of Gods and Sci-Fi which works, the soundtrack beats out Guardians for fitting the scenes, the style is delicious to watch and for me this is the perfect last building block before Infinity War.

 

Overall: Fun, frantic, enjoyable superhero movie that will make you laugh more than you could imagine.

Rating

 

 

The Last Stand (2013)

logoDirector: Kim Jee-woon

Writer: Andrew Knauer (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Genesis Rodriguez, Eduardo Noriega

 

Plot: Sheriff Owens (Schwarzenegger) is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Summerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.

 

Verdict: Arnie’s Back

 

Story: We all know what to expect from an Arnie film, plenty of action and one liners. This delivers what you expect nothing more nothing less. We get the quirky support characters, a higher authority that doubts him and a villain that will stop at nothing. Don’t go in expecting to see anything Oscar worthy just look to sit back and enjoy the film unfold. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Ray Owens a former narcotics officers who know is the sheriff at a small town where very little happens, he still has some fight in him that is bad news for anyone who messes with his town. Typical Arnie performance that will have a bit of fun with his age now. (7/10)

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Forest Whitaker: Agent Bannister the FBI agent who loses the criminal while trying to transfer him, only to try and track him down. Standard FBI performance offering nothing new to the character. (6/10)

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Eduardo Noriega: Gabriel Cortez the ruthless criminal who enjoys the speed of his car, he will kill anybody who gets in his way and likes to take an extra risk when it is not needed. Good villainous performance but he misses a lot of the action.(7/10)

 cortez

Peter Stormare: Burrell the man behind the final leg of the escape who makes the mistake of picking Owen’s town, comes off as a reasonable guy until he doesn’t get his own way. Good villainous support performance as he gets to face Arnie and his team. (7/10)

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Johnny Knoxville: Lewis the nuts vintage gun collector who joins the force to stop the criminals coming through the town and giving him a chance to use his own guns in combat. Good performance if not crazy, you will remember more of his scenes than anyone else’s. (7/10)

knoxville

Director Review: Kim Jee-woon – Creates an enjoyable action film that is just entertaining. (7/10)

 

Action: Once the action starts it rarely gives you a chance to breath. (9/10)

Thriller: The action gives this thrills but the build is not the most thrilling. (8/10)

 

Settings: Basic setting which works well for the film giving isolation for the action showing how alone the town is against the criminals. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is for all the action fans out there, you will all enjoy this but people outside the fan zone will find this boring. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Town showdown.

Worst Part: Bit slow starting.

Action Scene Of The Film: The Town showdown

Funniest Scene: Old lady kills a bad guy.

Kill Of The Film: Flair Gun.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Box Office say no, but you never know.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $48,330,757

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Retirement Is For Sissies

 

Overall: Enjoyable Action

Rating 74

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)

 thor

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

Thor (2011)

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Tabanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo
 
A team of astrophysicist lead by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) are in New Mexico researching unusual phenomenon. Jane has flown in Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) an expert on what could be happening. Also on her team is Darcy (Kat Dennings) are grad student who major is political science but was only student who applied to help. While the event is happening they drive closer and hit a mysterious man.

We get taken to Asgard the land of the Gods. We learn about how the ice giants tried to conquer all worlds only to be stopped by the Gods of Asgard and an agreement to stop war once the iron giants are about to be defeated. Odin (Anthony Hopkins) the king of Asgard has two sons that will one day take his throne, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). When some ice giants get into Asgard Thor takes his four loyal Asguardians Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), Farndral (Josh Dallas), Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Loki and go to Jotunheim where the frost giants roam. A big battle starts before Odin save the Asguardians and Banishes Thor to Earth.

The mysterious man the scientist hit with their car was Thor and the event was him being banished. While rescuing Thor his hammer falls to Earth which brings out SHIELD lead by Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). SHIELD take all of Jane’s research and quarantine the hammer location.

Where Thor is stuck on Earth his father Odin falls into a sleep meaning Loki becomes king of Asgard. When Loki becomes king his plan is revelled and his real father is also revealed.

Can Thor regain his power and return to Asgard? Who are SHIELD? this action adventure will answer all you questions in very entertaining style.

I watched this as someone who knows nothing about the Thor comics or myths so i enjoyed they movie for its own story. The story comes over very well filled with great action sequences and one liners that don’t put the story down. Chris Hemsworth does a brilliant as Thor in one of his first feature lead role. The story leads up to the eventual Avengers movie well too with Ironman, Captain America, Nick Fury, Hawkeye (who makes a cameo in Thor) and Hulk.

I personally think this is one of the best comic book superhero movies ever keeping me on the edge of my seat all the way through all characters are convincing and believable too.

My rating is 90%