Sunday, 8 December 2013

Review: Thor - The Dark World (third-pass)

World of Blackout Film Review

Thor: The Dark World Poster

Thor: The Dark World (2D) (third-pass)
Cert: 12A / 112 mins / Dir. Alan Taylor

It's always nice when I can get three cinematic reviews of the same movie spread over three calendar months; if only because it shows that it's enjoying a good run*1. So tonight was the last showing of the The Dark World at my local, and as I was there for the first, I figured I'd see it off in brighter-than-I'm-used-to 2D, to shorten the gap until I can start devouring the extras on the BluRay. I also managed to drag along my brother-in-law tonight, who hadn't gotten round to watching it, so that I can compare his first reactions with my seasoned ones. This is why I'm a geek.

Watching the movie now, it actually holds up slightly better than it did when it had my fresh expectations burdening its shoulders. My gripes about the chief-villain aside, it's a very entertaining offshoot movie, showing us 'the stuff which happens between Avengers films'. I'm still of the feeling that the story itself lends itself more to a comic arc or novel, but there's no doubt that I'm getting more out of it on repeat viewings than I did for its predecessor. Maybe its because Thor spent most of its time introducing characters, whereas with TDW its welcome-reel is inserted (okay, clumsily) into the first twenty minutes. I don't think it's a better film, but in many ways it is more watchable; although I'm still hoping Kenneth Brannagh will return for a future Marvelverse installment.

Considering how outside-the-box The Dark World is compared to the rest of the Avengers canon, I can't wait to see audience reaction to Guardians of the Galaxy, next August…

For the record, bro-in-law thoroughly enjoyed it. More than I thought he would, actually. Although he was a bit put off by Greenwich being turned into a smoking pile of rubble. Which is fair enough.

Is the trailer representative of the film?
I'd say so.

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
Not as much as I'd have liked..?

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?
You're pretty much stuck with DVD/BRD now, which isn't the worst thing in the world.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?
Three times now, and I have to concede that I can't hear one. Bugger..

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

And my question for YOU is…
Where is Lorelei? Seriously.

*1 Or just that it was released strategically towards the end of a month. Well okay, that.
Oh, and apparently I can (one for the people who saw the 'search description' field under the link on the way in).

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