I loved the first Thor movie. I really did. I was well prepared to like this one. That’s why I was slightly disappointed when I left the movie theatre a few days ago. It wasn’t a bad movie. It just wasn’t as good as the first.
Since I like putting my best foot forward, let’s start on what was good. None of the acting was necessarily bad. The effects were really good, and they flowed naturally with what was actually there. I also liked the fact that the dark elves were made up with good old fashioned grease paint and colored contacts. The music was good, the fight choreography was as well. Loki, Darcy, and Frigga stole the show for me. Their performances made the movie much better. I won’t tell any spoilers, but Tom Hiddleston had a particular scence that had me laughing out loud. He also gave Loki a new demension that showed what the pre-going evil Loki was like. Rene Russo also gave an excellent performance of the mother of Thor and Loki. I got the feeling that she truly wanted them to be a family again. Kat Dennings as Darcy once again added a light touch to a gritty action-packed feel of the movie.
Now on to the not so fun part, the bad news. Chris Hemsworth showed us the same Thor, albeit a little love sick. If Mr. Hiddleston was able to show the new facet of Loki, why couldn’t Mr. Hemsworth do the same? Natalie Portman was the same. Jane Foster was so strong in the first movie, and she’s supposed to be a genius, why couldn’t she try to control (or harness) the Aether? If Malekith (a guy who just came out of a millenia-long snooze) could know what to do with it (without it killing him) couldn’t she?
Also, the ending was forcibly rushed. I couldn’t (as a person of average intelligence) really understand how they defeated the villain. I think it was the fact the Dr. Selvig was running around without pants on that distracted me, but I figure that a person of average intelligence should be able to understand a little bit of how the bad guy was defeated.
Now a bit for the parents in the audience. Now that the ratings scale for movies has changed to allow the F-bomb in movies, if a film maker wants to get into the sweet spot (PG-13 that is) they have to put in a great deal more “content”. Darcy locks lips twice with her “intern” and Jane and Thor share a few smooches as well. Thor has a shirtless scene that really doesn’t add much to the story. One of the warriors three has two women who hang about him at a party. One of which sits on his lap. Jane’s temporary boyfriend says that one of the reasons he broke up with his former girlfriend slept with other guys. Erik Selvig is seen running around naked on tv (he’s pixelated in certain areas) and he walks around in his underwear in another scene. The movie has its fair share of violence, but it’s about the same level as what you would see in the Lord of the Rings, Pacific Rim, etc. There are 2 uses of sh– and a few uses of d— and H—. God’s name is abused a few times. Asgardians love their drink, and this is shown at a party. Jane and whats-his-name (thor’s substitute) order wine. Erik Selvig has a great deal of medication to take (but doesn’t) and tosses it into a trash can at the nearest oppertunity.
All in all I give Thor: The Dark World a 7 out of 10. It’s good enough to buy on DVD or Blu-Ray when it comes out, but unless you really want to spend an arm and a leg, don’t go see it in theatres. Tell me what you guys think. I love comments. Stay wierd people!
Here’s a link for the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/
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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up as someone else and watching horror and munching on my favorite treats. But I also love halloween because it is a day when I meet up with my dad to watch a scary movie. And scary movies have taught me so much. Here’s 5 rules for survival just for you.
1. Check your house history before moving in.
Murders, deaths, suicides, they’ve all happened in houses. Do yourself a favor and check it’s background. You don’t know what could be there.
Proven in: Amityville Horror, Rose Red etc.
2. Living and Debauchery don’t mix.
Who dies first in the movies? Point made.
Proven in: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, (need I go on?)
3. Children are Evil
Not all children….. just ones that never talk….and dissect small animals…..and have unhealthy interests in the occult….
Proven in: Halloween, Orphan, The Grudge, The Ring, Mama, The Exorcist etc.
4. Scientists Can Be Stupid Too
Have you ever noticed that one of the first people to die after the debaucheriers (is that a word?) is the person who wants to study it?
Proven in: Darkness Falls, Independence Day, The Creature From the Black Lagoon movies, etc.
5. Don’t Check it.
The breaker, the noise, the doorbell, the light in the supposedly abandoned house. Don’t check it, RUN FOR IT!!!!!
Proven in: Do I even need to list them?
Happy Late Halloween and happy Hauntings! Stay Wierd People!
When I went with some friends of mine to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I was excited. I loved the book and had many times sung the ballad “Far over misty mountains cold, through dungeons deep and caverns old,” with My Father, and my sisters. So when I was kind of let down with this version, I was truly let down. A far cry from the quality of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, The hobbit felt like a CGI fest and and a transition from one scene of over the top fighting to another.
However, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, and Ian McKellen did a good job in their rolls along with their supporting cast of dwarves, elves, and hobbits who did their fair share. Personally I blame the writers, but I digress.
So when I saw the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I was impressed. While I was impressed with the trailer for the first, it looks like they may go more along the tried and true storyline and ease up on the near constant CGI.
But, you are free to your own opinion. Watch the trailer and see what you think.