I remember when the titles for the upcoming Marvel movies were announced, and I heard, "Iron Man 3", "Thor: The Dark World", and "Captain America: Winter Soldier", I thought, ok another numerical Iron Man movie. The name "The Dark World" excited me because I knew that that meant we would be seeing more action in space. I wasn't that much a fan of the first Thor movie but when I watched it a couple months ago in anticipation for the upcoming sequel I liked it a whole bunch more, so my excitement for the next movie grew. The first Thor, while really good, had some things that should have been different. Asgard felt extremely CG, with the one fly over, and then cut right inside. We also did not see a lot of epic fighting in general in the first movie, because for nearly the entire movie he was living on earth. You had the first battle on Jodenheim, and the last with the Destroyer, but that was it. Now enough on the previous movie, onto my review of the second.
Following up with what I was talking about Thor, Thor: The Dark World did a lot better job at making you feel like these places were real. You would get the fly-over but then the camera would lower into a real place, that was all fake. Asgard also felt more like a real place with buildings that are physically there, and things that can be destroyed, as apposed to heaven, where everything is happy and shinny and golden. One of the things that helped make Asgard feel more real was the attack on Asgard. You flew around with the ships, seeing the entire city and all of its features. We also got a fell of what the defenses were, with the laser guns, and the small flying pods.
Another thing that I think Thor: The Dark World improved on was seeing the 9 realms. Not just during the insanely epic inter-dimensional portal battle at the end of the film, but actually venturing there and seeing the lands. At the beginning of the movie when Thor, the Warriors Three, and Lady Sif were battling on Vanaheim, and you saw the scenery and the culture of this world. Also after Thor, Jane, and Loki's escape, when they journeyed to Svartalfheim, home of the Dark Elves.
The action sequence at the end was fantastic. At first it was a little confusing, but once you got around to the fact that the characters were confused too, and that the universe was going insane, and that physics was going ballistic, it was awesome. It was also extremely funny to see Mjölnir trying to get back to Thor, but struggling with the help of the portals. I loved those little moments when Thor was just trying to do his own thing on Earth, and it looked hilarious, hanging up his hammer, riding in a car, and taking the subway.
Overall the movie was great. I give it 9 ingredients. Thank you for reading my review of Thor: The Dark World. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BLTFilmsReviews, or down below. Be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming reviews. There was a bit of arrested development after Pixar Week, but more reviews will be coming soon, as well as something new...See you next time!