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Review: Thor: The Dark World

Nov. 8, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: With Loki (Tom Hiddleston) safely locked away in the dungeons of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his warrior comrades Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fendral (Zachary Levi) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) can set about uniting the nine realms. With their work almost complete, an ancient enemy, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) - ruler of the Dark Elves- returns from exile to take over the realms with an ancient evil force called the Aether, which happens to be on Earth and possessing Thorís love interest, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

REVIEW: Marvel Phase Two continues with THOR: THE DARK WORLD, which like IRON MAN 3 and now AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D continues to deal with the fallout from the Battle of New York that was featured in THE AVENGERS. Considering the scope of the series, itís kind of unique that rather than try to outdo THE AVENGERS, weíre instead getting a series of stand-alone movies that are more focused on developing each of the heroes independently of their super-teammates than trying to come up with bigger and better action sequences. The only downside to this is that while arguably IRON MAN 3 was conceived on the same scope as AVENGERS, itís clear that if those were A-Marvel movies, this latest THOR is more of a B-yarn.

Unlike the first THOR, which set the majority of the action on Earth, much of THE DARK WORLD is devoted to Asgard, with not only fan-favorite Heimdall (Idris Elba) the sentry having a more prominent role, but also a lot more screen time for Anthony Hopkins as Odin and especially Rene Russo as Thor and Lokiís mother Frigga. If the makers of THOR seemed reluctant to delve too deeply into the fantasy aspects of the Thor universe, thatís NOT the case here (although like the first film, the 3D is unimpressive). More than any of the other films, THE DARK WORLD plays out like a sci-fi fantasy. Itís maybe not STAR WARS or LORD OF THE RINGS caliber, but if you think of something like KRULL youíre not too far off.

Director Alan Taylor, a veteran of GAME OF THRONES, seems comfortable with the far-out, fantasy-action elements of this universe, even if the action scenes start to blend together after a while. Similar to the first film, itís the ďfish-out-of-waterĒ element of the story that proves to be the most memorable part of the movie. In a reversal of the first film, now Jane Foster finds herself the outsider, being taken to Asgard and meeting Thorís folks. Itís nice to see Portman get a little more screen time, and her chemistry with Hemsworth is strong as usual. Kat Dennings and Stellan SkarsgŚrd have smaller parts this time, with most of the action taking place in other realms than Earth until the big action climax. One thing thatís immediately obvious is that the humor has been dialed-down considerably from the first film, with THE DARK WORLD being more serious fare, although Chris OíDowd has a funny cameo as one of Janeís potential suitors.

For his third go-round as Thor, Chris Hemsworth is charismatic as usual, even if the character, with his God-like powers canít help but be the least interesting (for me anyways) of The Avengers. There are a few funny nods to Hemsworthís new heart-throb status; with a funny bit on a London tube opposite an amorous fan of his (I also love all the Londoners taking photos of Thor on their cell phones now that heís a superstar after the battle of New York).

If Loki was the more interesting character in the first THOR, and memorably chewed the scenery in THE AVENGERS, Tom Hiddleston once again steals the show in THE DARK WORLD. An early twist sees him and Thor being allies, and Hiddleston manages to somehow make you like the mischievous, if evil Loki. Surely thatís the sign of a good villain. By contrast, Christopher Eccleston is bland as Malekith the elf, with very little of the surprisingly short 112 minute film devoted to his villainy. Similarly, the Warriors Three barely get any screen time here, although thereís a brief mention of Lady Sif having designs on Thor, while Zachary Levi proves himself more than capable of filling in for Joshua Dallas as Fendrall.

Still, THOR: THE DARK WORLD canít help but feel a little familiar (although I suppose Marvel would call it consistent). Like the other non-AVENGERS movies, it feels like just part of a build-up to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, rather than its own stand-alone movie. Certainly the fans will enjoy it, but with all the movies Marvel is pumping out (not to mention the TV series and One-Shots) franchise fatigue canít help but set in a bit. Luckily, a teaser for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY that pops up mid-way through the end credits makes it seem that the Marvel Universe may be getting a unique new addition in a few months that should shake things up a bit (THE WINTER SOLDIER also looks very good, although the new five minute teaser was not attached to the version of DARK WORLD presented at the press screening). Until then, this new THOR will obviously tide everyone over, and even if itís not especially memorable, itís always enjoyable.

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8:48PM on 12/25/2013

Loved it!

I'd give it a 10/10 for Loki alone, but since a few things about the movie bothered me, I'd still give it a 8/10.

Absolutely LOVED Tom Hiddleston's performance - spot on, every. single. moment. I still thought there wasn't enough Loki in the movie though - he was by far the most interesting, complex and entertaining character in the entire movie, but he wasn't in all that many scenes.

As a matter of fact you could strongly feel the absence of this character in the scenes he wasn't in -
I'd give it a 10/10 for Loki alone, but since a few things about the movie bothered me, I'd still give it a 8/10.

Absolutely LOVED Tom Hiddleston's performance - spot on, every. single. moment. I still thought there wasn't enough Loki in the movie though - he was by far the most interesting, complex and entertaining character in the entire movie, but he wasn't in all that many scenes.

As a matter of fact you could strongly feel the absence of this character in the scenes he wasn't in - the audience was downright waiting feverishly for the next scene he'd be in; at the end of the movie, when he reappeared, people at the theatre cheered loudly for him.

Thor can take off his shirt as many times as he wants (two times in two movies!), Loki and his crooked smile still easily beat him in terms of popularity, screen presence and sexiness! I loved the banter and the bickering as well as the angsty stuff. Best Thor movie so far, and my fave MARVEL movie to date.

The character that annoyed me the most was Jane Foster who was completely useless, boring and predictable in her damsel in distress mode. I liked her better in the first Thor movie, but here I just couldn't bring myself to care for her.
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7:12PM on 11/11/2013

I give it an 8

Wow! were you watching the same movie as myself? The reviewer says the humor was dialed down. Well I don't remember laughing half as much as I did this time around. While I agree the 3D was neither here or there and Malekith was bland as a villain, everything else about this movie was top notch and I would never call it B-anything!
Wow! were you watching the same movie as myself? The reviewer says the humor was dialed down. Well I don't remember laughing half as much as I did this time around. While I agree the 3D was neither here or there and Malekith was bland as a villain, everything else about this movie was top notch and I would never call it B-anything!
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1:23PM on 11/11/2013
I think 7/10 is about right. It's the first movie in a long time that could've been longer and I found a lot of characters underused. the first Thor might have had slow moments, but the dialogue and characterization and direction made it engaging. This was just a beautiful action flick. Nothing wrong with it, but I have no immediate desire to see it again like I did the first. I actually enjoyed Ender's Game more than this.

Loki was amazing as ever, but the Warriors Three were neglected a
I think 7/10 is about right. It's the first movie in a long time that could've been longer and I found a lot of characters underused. the first Thor might have had slow moments, but the dialogue and characterization and direction made it engaging. This was just a beautiful action flick. Nothing wrong with it, but I have no immediate desire to see it again like I did the first. I actually enjoyed Ender's Game more than this.

Loki was amazing as ever, but the Warriors Three were neglected a little too much. Also I know Thor's luxurious golden locks are a big appeal for the ladies, but can he ever wear his badass helmet again? Please? Just like...one battle scene? The introduction scene would've been fine.
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3:42AM on 11/10/2013

"with not only fan-favorite Heimdall"

He's a fan favorite?
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6:36PM on 11/08/2013
I think 7 out of 10 is a fair score for Thor 2. The best superhero movie of the year in my opinion is The Wolverine. I thought Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, and Thor 2 were all "pretty good", but they couldn't touch the Wolverine in terms of acting, pacing, and overall character development. Thor: The Dark World was probably the 2nd best superhero movie of the year.
I think 7 out of 10 is a fair score for Thor 2. The best superhero movie of the year in my opinion is The Wolverine. I thought Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, and Thor 2 were all "pretty good", but they couldn't touch the Wolverine in terms of acting, pacing, and overall character development. Thor: The Dark World was probably the 2nd best superhero movie of the year.
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5:54PM on 11/08/2013

Agree or not.

Joblo, thank you or not catering to a score just because it is a Marvel flick. You've managed time and time again to avoid becoming the IGN of movie review sites.
Joblo, thank you or not catering to a score just because it is a Marvel flick. You've managed time and time again to avoid becoming the IGN of movie review sites.
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1:41AM on 11/09/2013
What were you expecting? And why are you thanking Joblo for this? He didn't write this, and I wish he did cause I miss he reviews, they were original for their time... None of the reviewers since hold a candle, no offense, they ate still the only reviews I read, just saying, just bitching, I miss joblo reviews.

But this review is paint by numbers what I expected.
What were you expecting? And why are you thanking Joblo for this? He didn't write this, and I wish he did cause I miss he reviews, they were original for their time... None of the reviewers since hold a candle, no offense, they ate still the only reviews I read, just saying, just bitching, I miss joblo reviews.

But this review is paint by numbers what I expected.
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2:29PM on 11/08/2013
Thor 2 more like a B-movie yarn huh, still took a pee all over Iron Man 3 in my book, and is the better phase two movie so far.

Whist they didn't give much of anything to a connection to Avengers 2 (as in no Fury popping in, or even any mention on Ultron etc), I like the kind of passing the baton to another future phase two film, that being Guardians of the Galaxy, which I'm sure in some form or other is going to play up the bigger picture, be it something to do with Ultron, Avengers or
Thor 2 more like a B-movie yarn huh, still took a pee all over Iron Man 3 in my book, and is the better phase two movie so far.

Whist they didn't give much of anything to a connection to Avengers 2 (as in no Fury popping in, or even any mention on Ultron etc), I like the kind of passing the baton to another future phase two film, that being Guardians of the Galaxy, which I'm sure in some form or other is going to play up the bigger picture, be it something to do with Ultron, Avengers or Thanos.

A 7/10 yes, but a solid one.
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2:04PM on 11/08/2013

I didn't care for Thor 1, but Dark World was a blast!

I really enjoyed Thor 2. I meanI was never a fan of Thor, nor did I enjoy the first movie but this was a really great movie. It felt like Game of Thrones meets Star Wars (loved the blaster noises from Skywalker Sounds).

Overall it had a decent story but Thor and Loki moments sharing screen time is what made the film great.
I really enjoyed Thor 2. I meanI was never a fan of Thor, nor did I enjoy the first movie but this was a really great movie. It felt like Game of Thrones meets Star Wars (loved the blaster noises from Skywalker Sounds).

Overall it had a decent story but Thor and Loki moments sharing screen time is what made the film great.
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12:48AM on 11/08/2013

Loved it

I thought it was better than the first, I still found humor in it too, the little cameo was hilarious! I didn't see it as a build up to Avengers 2 at all.
I thought it was better than the first, I still found humor in it too, the little cameo was hilarious! I didn't see it as a build up to Avengers 2 at all.
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3:42PM on 11/03/2013
" it feels like just part of a build-up to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, rather than its own stand-alone movie"
Honestly, isn't that the point though? What's wrong with building onto a story? Why does everything have to be stand-alone?
" it feels like just part of a build-up to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, rather than its own stand-alone movie"
Honestly, isn't that the point though? What's wrong with building onto a story? Why does everything have to be stand-alone?
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7:13PM on 11/02/2013
I suppose 7/10 is a fair score when taking in the movie overall. Still...thought it would have been given more. What a very entertaining last 30-40 minutes. The final battle was a total blast...comic book beat downs of the highest order. I swear nearly everyone gets a chance of comic book style throw down...from Frigga to a brief scene involving the intern's intern. A brilliant and very unexpected cameo....and humor that had everyone laughing out loud. Whilst up until Loki shows up
I suppose 7/10 is a fair score when taking in the movie overall. Still...thought it would have been given more. What a very entertaining last 30-40 minutes. The final battle was a total blast...comic book beat downs of the highest order. I swear nearly everyone gets a chance of comic book style throw down...from Frigga to a brief scene involving the intern's intern. A brilliant and very unexpected cameo....and humor that had everyone laughing out loud. Whilst up until Loki shows up properly...it was at the same level of the first installment (personally, Thor was okay...nothing more)...from then on...it was very good. I didn't think Loki made for much of a villain in Thor...and Hiddleston only came alive for me in the Avengers - owning Loki big time. He carries that level on in this installment...and then some (there's a scene where you really wished he was a good guy - all about Thor really wishing he could trust him - heartfelt sentiments indeed!). Leaving the cinema....I felt very entertained. Long Live Marvel Studios! Now lets just wait for the t*ssers to come along to point the flaws out for me...and ruin my view on the movie.
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11:32AM on 11/02/2013

I just saw it (spoilers, probably)

The first act dragged a bit because we knew from the trailers that Thor was going to go to Earth and bring Jane Foster to Asgard. The second act was great. The third act was a bit weaker because it basically had Malekith going to London and opening portals to other realms. It looked like a rehash of the third act of the Avengers. Plus the Dark Elves looked exactly like Cybermen when they were walking around London. It must have all seemed oddly familiar to Christopher Eccleston. The Thor
The first act dragged a bit because we knew from the trailers that Thor was going to go to Earth and bring Jane Foster to Asgard. The second act was great. The third act was a bit weaker because it basically had Malekith going to London and opening portals to other realms. It looked like a rehash of the third act of the Avengers. Plus the Dark Elves looked exactly like Cybermen when they were walking around London. It must have all seemed oddly familiar to Christopher Eccleston. The Thor / Malekith battle was great though. I think 8 / 10 is about right all things considered. It certainly had a lot more going for it than the first Thor. It did NOT seem like a small scale B-movie.

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We learn in the mid-credits scene that the tesseract is an "infinity stone", that there are five more and that the Collector wants all six of them. Whether it is for his personal collection or because he is working for Thanos is not clear. If they wanted to be consistent with the comics they would have the Collector collecting the "infinity stones" to use against Thanos. If so we can expect the Collector to die in a mid-credits scene at some point so Thanos can take possession of all the stones himself.

Presumably the six infinity stones will fit together to form a five dimensional hyper cube. Thanos wouldn't have to worry about the Avengers because he could just send the Chitari to the Earth's past the way the Borg took over the Earth in Star Trek: First Contact by invading the Earth's past. That's if he thinks of that ploy: Thanos might not be that smart and may just simply use the infinity stones to open multiple portals.. That would probably be for the best because these stories need to be resolved in the time it takes to show a two-hour movie.
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12:32PM on 11/11/2013
However the Cybermen didn't return until Tennant took over as the Doctor and no one can confirm that Eccelston watches the show before or after his stint. NERD SLAP!
However the Cybermen didn't return until Tennant took over as the Doctor and no one can confirm that Eccelston watches the show before or after his stint. NERD SLAP!
11:59PM on 11/01/2013

enjoyable

Marvel maintaining its quality of their movies...A glimpse of Star Wars under the hood of marvel..
Marvel maintaining its quality of their movies...A glimpse of Star Wars under the hood of marvel..
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12:00AM on 11/02/2013
under the hood of Disney*
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10:50AM on 11/02/2013
Yes, I thought that the special effects were good. I thought "If the same people work on Star Wars VII" then it'll be fine. Somebody joked about Jaimie Alexander playing Han Solo's daughter. I actually could see that.
Yes, I thought that the special effects were good. I thought "If the same people work on Star Wars VII" then it'll be fine. Somebody joked about Jaimie Alexander playing Han Solo's daughter. I actually could see that.
12:17PM on 11/02/2013
You are right, Marvel is maintaining it's quality of their movies, which has been "average" ever since Iron Man 2. Star Wars is on a whole another level than these ground level (at best) entertaining films.
You are right, Marvel is maintaining it's quality of their movies, which has been "average" ever since Iron Man 2. Star Wars is on a whole another level than these ground level (at best) entertaining films.
6:25PM on 11/01/2013

I don't agree

I'm sorry, Chris, but I think this time you got it wrong. Can you tell me in which way this is setting up Avengers 2? Iron Man 2 had plenty of scenes that did, but I can't think of any particular one that does that here, except
I'm sorry, Chris, but I think this time you got it wrong. Can you tell me in which way this is setting up Avengers 2? Iron Man 2 had plenty of scenes that did, but I can't think of any particular one that does that here, except for

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The mid credits scene, and that is only because they set the plot device that will move future solo and Avengers films forward.
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3:12PM on 11/01/2013

SPOILER ALERT

you should have said spoiler alert, seeing as the review nearly summarized the whole film..omg no more surprises at the theater thanks to this review
you should have said spoiler alert, seeing as the review nearly summarized the whole film..omg no more surprises at the theater thanks to this review
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6:17PM on 11/01/2013
Have you seen the movie? I have and this tells you nothing about the plot. Grow up!
Have you seen the movie? I have and this tells you nothing about the plot. Grow up!
12:50AM on 11/08/2013
Pssst....spoiler dont read the review then.
Pssst....spoiler dont read the review then.
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2:33PM on 11/01/2013

cool

I'm very very very happy to see that its mostly in Asgard....that's really what i wanted from Green Lantern movie...well not Asgard but to be set far away from Earth out in the galaxy or universe somewhere....its just where some of these iterations belong and lets face it Thor on Earth was about as boring as one could get. The very few Thor animated movies out there are a very fun watch because they have good writing number one but they also stay in the mythos in the realm of Asgard or
I'm very very very happy to see that its mostly in Asgard....that's really what i wanted from Green Lantern movie...well not Asgard but to be set far away from Earth out in the galaxy or universe somewhere....its just where some of these iterations belong and lets face it Thor on Earth was about as boring as one could get. The very few Thor animated movies out there are a very fun watch because they have good writing number one but they also stay in the mythos in the realm of Asgard or somewhere in between but far away from earth...thank goodness. Look, if its better than the first one I'll be very pleased.....and I'm thinking it will be. All the Asgard stuff from the original was a lot of fun......i just wish they left Portman on earth with part 1.....
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1:58PM on 11/01/2013

I glad to see Joblo isn't giving high ratings to Marvel films just for being Marvel

So....Thor 2 is to The Avengers 2 as Iron Man 2 was to The Avengers, cause that was the downside to Iron Man 2, too much time and focus on setting up The Avengers rather than being an Iron Man film.
Is anyone else getting tired of Marvel films and the whole phase 2 thing?
I'm not convinced with Thor 2, since the first film was kind of lame. Thor's stand alone first film had me not caring for the Thor series. Thor is not very interesting, and Loki is a pissed off little whinny adopted child
So....Thor 2 is to The Avengers 2 as Iron Man 2 was to The Avengers, cause that was the downside to Iron Man 2, too much time and focus on setting up The Avengers rather than being an Iron Man film.
Is anyone else getting tired of Marvel films and the whole phase 2 thing?
I'm not convinced with Thor 2, since the first film was kind of lame. Thor's stand alone first film had me not caring for the Thor series. Thor is not very interesting, and Loki is a pissed off little whinny adopted child in an adult's body, not terrifying for a main villain in two superhero films. Here's the thing, Thor needs The Avengers to be good, and The Avengers need Iron Man to be good. Fingers crossed that Loki is better in this film than he was in Thor and The Avengers, he's just not threatening as a main villain. Loki is a sidekick villain at best, and would be a good one at that.
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4:27AM on 11/02/2013
This is easily better than iron man 3, unless you hate Thor and love iron man you will agree.
The reviewer seems, 7 is still a decent score, if not a confused one!
This is easily better than iron man 3, unless you hate Thor and love iron man you will agree.
The reviewer seems, 7 is still a decent score, if not a confused one!
12:05PM on 11/02/2013
Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, both films were a "good" three out of four stars, however Iron Man 3 was easily better than The Avengers for the fact that it was more surprising and engaging with it's story and characters than the basic structure of The Avengers. Both were proof that Marvel is losing it's touch when it should be at easily one of it's highest points. Did not hate Thor, was a "lame" two out of four star film. It was just annoying at times, bland, and dreadfully uninteresting
Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, both films were a "good" three out of four stars, however Iron Man 3 was easily better than The Avengers for the fact that it was more surprising and engaging with it's story and characters than the basic structure of The Avengers. Both were proof that Marvel is losing it's touch when it should be at easily one of it's highest points. Did not hate Thor, was a "lame" two out of four star film. It was just annoying at times, bland, and dreadfully uninteresting including both it's hero and villain.
May or may not see Thor 2.
6:32AM on 11/03/2013
For me...all of the Marvel films have been on a 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars. My son always responds...with a "3.5?????" when I say 3.5 (I've marked a few at that level)...but that's 70%....not a bad score. Not sure why anything less than a 4 will irk some people. I had Thor and Captain America at 3.5. I initially had Hulk at something like that...but with repeat viewings...moved it to a 4. The Dark World...at this moment in time...and before people start to ruin my view of it like was managed
For me...all of the Marvel films have been on a 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars. My son always responds...with a "3.5?????" when I say 3.5 (I've marked a few at that level)...but that's 70%....not a bad score. Not sure why anything less than a 4 will irk some people. I had Thor and Captain America at 3.5. I initially had Hulk at something like that...but with repeat viewings...moved it to a 4. The Dark World...at this moment in time...and before people start to ruin my view of it like was managed with Iron Man 3....is around a 3.7..may be 3.8....the last 40 or minutes is a 4 or more! :o)
9:29AM on 11/01/2013
I enjoyed Thor 2, but yeah 7/10 is fair. There's some humour but not too much, the action is decent, and it didn't dick the audience around as much as Iron Man 3 - I reckon it's one of the better Marvel movies in many respects, and considering Thor is a tougher sell for audiences as a concept than Captain America, Iron Man or Hulk I think they've done well with this sequel.
I enjoyed Thor 2, but yeah 7/10 is fair. There's some humour but not too much, the action is decent, and it didn't dick the audience around as much as Iron Man 3 - I reckon it's one of the better Marvel movies in many respects, and considering Thor is a tougher sell for audiences as a concept than Captain America, Iron Man or Hulk I think they've done well with this sequel.
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8:40AM on 11/01/2013

I enjoyed

The caps cameo, prob the most I've enjoyed him onscreen.
The caps cameo, prob the most I've enjoyed him onscreen.
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6:30PM on 11/01/2013
I've seen it, but a spoiler alert is definitely in place. The best thing about that cameo was the surprise element!!!
I've seen it, but a spoiler alert is definitely in place. The best thing about that cameo was the surprise element!!!
6:51AM on 11/03/2013
Is there any reason you felt the need to say that..knowing full well the movie has just come out...and isn't even out in some markets?
Is there any reason you felt the need to say that..knowing full well the movie has just come out...and isn't even out in some markets?
11:36PM on 11/08/2013
Thanks, fuckface.
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8:35AM on 11/01/2013
Well at least the second end credit scene is still a surprise for me
Well at least the second end credit scene is still a surprise for me
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6:11AM on 11/01/2013

Wow

Thanks for that spoiler regarding the GOTG mid credits tease. I've avoided being spoiled on what it is so far.
Thanks for that spoiler regarding the GOTG mid credits tease. I've avoided being spoiled on what it is so far.
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5:15AM on 11/01/2013
Guess it depends who you like as a character. I like Superman but thought Man of Steel wasn't that great, and I like Thor as well. He was always right up there with my favorite Marvel characters and this movie was much better than Man of Steel. Good character building scenes, check. Felt for the characters, check. Appreciated the humor, great effects. I agree with film-buff, probably the best marvel film so far.
Guess it depends who you like as a character. I like Superman but thought Man of Steel wasn't that great, and I like Thor as well. He was always right up there with my favorite Marvel characters and this movie was much better than Man of Steel. Good character building scenes, check. Felt for the characters, check. Appreciated the humor, great effects. I agree with film-buff, probably the best marvel film so far.
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5:06AM on 11/01/2013

Easily

The best marvel film so far.
The best marvel film so far.
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12:06PM on 11/02/2013
Better than Spider-Man 2?????
Better than Spider-Man 2?????
4:13AM on 11/01/2013

I Have a Feeling.........

that Marvel will become like the Call of Duty Franchise. They realize they can just SH*T in a box and people will buy it. Its a shame that they aren't going to repay the loyal fan base and just do the bare minimum.
that Marvel will become like the Call of Duty Franchise. They realize they can just SH*T in a box and people will buy it. Its a shame that they aren't going to repay the loyal fan base and just do the bare minimum.
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5:57AM on 11/01/2013
Don't believe the reviews on this site. They gave iron man and 8 & 9.

This is far superior to that and gets a 7, makes no sense what so ever!

This seems to be reviewed on the size and scope of the film and nothing else, it's a joblo review take it with a pinch of salt.
Don't believe the reviews on this site. They gave iron man and 8 & 9.

This is far superior to that and gets a 7, makes no sense what so ever!

This seems to be reviewed on the size and scope of the film and nothing else, it's a joblo review take it with a pinch of salt.
9:16AM on 11/01/2013
Maybe you should try one of your Georgia peaches film-buff87. Maybe it won't make you as sour towards everything. Lighten up madam.
Maybe you should try one of your Georgia peaches film-buff87. Maybe it won't make you as sour towards everything. Lighten up madam.
1:34PM on 11/01/2013
FilmBuff is right. This film is easily an 8.5/10. By far, better than the shit fest that was IM3 (a film that got better ratings on Joblo). You have to remember, not everyone is a comic book fan and will have different opinions on comic book movies.
FilmBuff is right. This film is easily an 8.5/10. By far, better than the shit fest that was IM3 (a film that got better ratings on Joblo). You have to remember, not everyone is a comic book fan and will have different opinions on comic book movies.
12:12PM on 11/02/2013
I don't expect this film to be any better than Iron Man 3, cause let's face FACTS ever since Iron Man 2 Marvel has not put much effort into making great films like it did back in 2004 with Spider-Man 2. Marvel is all about rushing the next project out there and getting the to the next "phase" and next Avengers film. The solo sequels are going to now be focusing more on setting up the next Avengers film than the focusing on making these films great and interesting. Hate to say, but this all
I don't expect this film to be any better than Iron Man 3, cause let's face FACTS ever since Iron Man 2 Marvel has not put much effort into making great films like it did back in 2004 with Spider-Man 2. Marvel is all about rushing the next project out there and getting the to the next "phase" and next Avengers film. The solo sequels are going to now be focusing more on setting up the next Avengers film than the focusing on making these films great and interesting. Hate to say, but this all started back in 2008 at the very end of Iron Man when Nick Fury showed up.
10:26PM on 10/31/2013
I really loved the first one 'cause of Hemsworth so here's hoping.
I really loved the first one 'cause of Hemsworth so here's hoping.
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12:15PM on 11/02/2013
And that's it. You "loved" a movie cause of one single actor playing a saw dust for brains god? Forget the plot, the characters, the themes, rather or not the film makes any sense, you loved it for an actor playing a dreadfully uninteresting superhero.
And that's it. You "loved" a movie cause of one single actor playing a saw dust for brains god? Forget the plot, the characters, the themes, rather or not the film makes any sense, you loved it for an actor playing a dreadfully uninteresting superhero.
5:00PM on 11/02/2013
Take it easy, buddy. Did you want my full review in a single Joblo.com comment? And yeah, I loved Hemsworth as Thor. It's not his fault the film had other problems.
Take it easy, buddy. Did you want my full review in a single Joblo.com comment? And yeah, I loved Hemsworth as Thor. It's not his fault the film had other problems.
10:09PM on 10/31/2013

Okay Film with An Awesome Score! (No Spoilers)

The best way to describe this movie is "fun". I'm not complaining because it's exactly what I expected, but it definitely had the potential to be a lot better. Loki steals the show and it's practically his movie, the villain is mediocre, supporting characters have little to no development, and most of the cast seem emotionally constipated even in dire events. Humor is okay, but when it downplays the scale of destruction that's going on, it becomes distracting and turns into an annoyance. Again,
The best way to describe this movie is "fun". I'm not complaining because it's exactly what I expected, but it definitely had the potential to be a lot better. Loki steals the show and it's practically his movie, the villain is mediocre, supporting characters have little to no development, and most of the cast seem emotionally constipated even in dire events. Humor is okay, but when it downplays the scale of destruction that's going on, it becomes distracting and turns into an annoyance. Again, I'm not complaining because at the end of the day I was entertained, but sometimes I wish they'd do more with that they have. Best part of the film was the score. Epic as f*ck!
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9:40PM on 10/31/2013
I liked this a good deal, I think I'd give it an 8 out of 10. It's slightly heavier and more dramatic than the first go-round, but justifiably so and not all "we're dark and edgy now". It's less funny but believe you me, there are still some good jokes in this - watch for the Stan Lee cameo as always. It's been said that sequels are all about the villains - well, in this case, there's nothing remarkable about Malekith, he's a standard fantasy bad guy. But I think that was intentional, in order
I liked this a good deal, I think I'd give it an 8 out of 10. It's slightly heavier and more dramatic than the first go-round, but justifiably so and not all "we're dark and edgy now". It's less funny but believe you me, there are still some good jokes in this - watch for the Stan Lee cameo as always. It's been said that sequels are all about the villains - well, in this case, there's nothing remarkable about Malekith, he's a standard fantasy bad guy. But I think that was intentional, in order to give room for the relationships and characters to develop. Of course, Tom Hiddleston steals the show, but I'm glad that they didn't weight the whole thing towards him. I also enjoyed that the aspect of Loki as a god of mischief was played up; he plays a good number of tricks on people in this one. Also, blonde Zachary Levi is teh sex.
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9:24PM on 10/31/2013

i was totally expecting thor to turn into twilight. hope its not the case.

Thor - romance and action (for the ladies)
Captain America - thriller and action (for the guys)
Iron Man - comedy and action (for everyone)
Thor - romance and action (for the ladies)
Captain America - thriller and action (for the guys)
Iron Man - comedy and action (for everyone)
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2:35PM on 11/01/2013
bad analogies frendo
bad analogies frendo
8:33PM on 10/31/2013
I don't get how after the disappointment that was Iron Man 2, the third one was made on such an epic scale, but the sequel to Thor, which I believe surprised the hell out of nearly everyone, gets a bit of the shaft (at least, according to this review).

Also, the toning down of the humor seems like such a stupid move. What I've heard people praise most about the first one was how fucking funny it was. The trailer looked pretty damn good though so I'm still pumped.
I don't get how after the disappointment that was Iron Man 2, the third one was made on such an epic scale, but the sequel to Thor, which I believe surprised the hell out of nearly everyone, gets a bit of the shaft (at least, according to this review).

Also, the toning down of the humor seems like such a stupid move. What I've heard people praise most about the first one was how fucking funny it was. The trailer looked pretty damn good though so I'm still pumped.
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7:25PM on 10/31/2013
I saw this tonight and thought it was a blast. Better than the original and far superior to Iron Man 3
I saw this tonight and thought it was a blast. Better than the original and far superior to Iron Man 3
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7:10PM on 10/31/2013
I found the first Thor to be unremarkable, but still very enjoyable. The scope here looks bigger, and that is a plus for me. I do also find Thor to be one of the least interesting characters, but Chris's performance as Thor is very entertaining. I actually find Captain America to be the least interesting, though the new one looks pretty entertaining. While I'm not excited about this like I am Guardians or Ant Man, the recent Marvel films are all really enjoyable and fun, even the ones I am not
I found the first Thor to be unremarkable, but still very enjoyable. The scope here looks bigger, and that is a plus for me. I do also find Thor to be one of the least interesting characters, but Chris's performance as Thor is very entertaining. I actually find Captain America to be the least interesting, though the new one looks pretty entertaining. While I'm not excited about this like I am Guardians or Ant Man, the recent Marvel films are all really enjoyable and fun, even the ones I am not all that fond of, so I will definitely be catching this in theaters.
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6:23PM on 10/31/2013

Thor 2 was epic

Thor 2 was actually my favorite of all the standalone Marvel films so far.
Thor 2 was actually my favorite of all the standalone Marvel films so far.
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5:46PM on 10/31/2013
Very excited to see this. I think based off of the trailers alone it already looks better than the original. And can't wait to see The Guardians of the Galaxy mid credits scene.

And just give us a Incredible Hulk 2 film already!!!
Very excited to see this. I think based off of the trailers alone it already looks better than the original. And can't wait to see The Guardians of the Galaxy mid credits scene.

And just give us a Incredible Hulk 2 film already!!!
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6:15PM on 10/31/2013
I'm looking forward to this too, although the next Captain America more so.

And I'm sure another Hulk film will be on the horizon in the not too distant future.
I'm looking forward to this too, although the next Captain America more so.

And I'm sure another Hulk film will be on the horizon in the not too distant future.
5:22PM on 10/31/2013

Thank you!

I've been waiting for your review for this, Mr. Bumbray! Finally an honest, not overly-rosy review for this movie. You point out its strengths while not ignoring or forgiving the flaws. I'm of the same opinion that Thor as a character just doesn't appeal that much to me, so it's not surprise that the first Thor movie was very forgettable. But it sounds like this movie is at least better than the 1st, so I'm content with that. It seems they chose to focus more on Loki, Odin, and Frigga at the
I've been waiting for your review for this, Mr. Bumbray! Finally an honest, not overly-rosy review for this movie. You point out its strengths while not ignoring or forgiving the flaws. I'm of the same opinion that Thor as a character just doesn't appeal that much to me, so it's not surprise that the first Thor movie was very forgettable. But it sounds like this movie is at least better than the 1st, so I'm content with that. It seems they chose to focus more on Loki, Odin, and Frigga at the cost of Malekith and the Warriors 3, which is slightly disappointing. But it's good news to hear the humor is a bit more dialed down, although I heard the balance between humor and seriousness is a bit off. I'm willing to chalk that and underdeveloped characters to the fight over the runtime between Marvel and Alan Taylor. Looking forward to seeing this nonetheless!
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5:07AM on 11/01/2013
Must be a first for a review on this site, eh?
Must be a first for a review on this site, eh?
5:19PM on 10/31/2013

confusing

Your review seemed scattered and even contradictory in spots.
Your review seemed scattered and even contradictory in spots.
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5:08AM on 11/01/2013
It's a review on joblo, what do you expect?
It's a review on joblo, what do you expect?
5:12PM on 10/31/2013

Chris seemed happier reviewing the first Thor

All I want to know is it as good as the first? Cause the first Thor is one of my favorite Marvel films.
All I want to know is it as good as the first? Cause the first Thor is one of my favorite Marvel films.
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5:46PM on 10/31/2013
Preferred the first for sure.
Preferred the first for sure.
5:46PM on 10/31/2013
Preferred the first for sure.
Preferred the first for sure.
1:36PM on 11/01/2013
IMO it was better than the first. The action, the acting, plot line all better. The comedy in the first was awful, here it was funny as comedy should be.
IMO it was better than the first. The action, the acting, plot line all better. The comedy in the first was awful, here it was funny as comedy should be.