November 11, 2013

Haiku Review: Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World (****1/2)

Thor is a beefcake
Dark elves try to take over
Loki is brilliant

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Although it's not my favorite Marvel: Phase 1 movie, Thor has a special place in my heart for the fact that it introduced Tom Hiddleston's Loki to the masses. It's not my least favorite, either—I think we can all agree that The Incredible Hulk holds that title—I love the way Thor's experience on Earth ties him to the planet and the people of it. (The Avengers certainly wouldn't have been the same without him!)

In Thor: The Dark World, we see the characters we met in Thor in a whole new light; specifically, the light of Asgard. An ancient evil has awoken and is hell bent on returning the universe to the way it was when they were in charge. Thor isn't really fond of the idea, particularly when their agenda threatens Asgard and the people he loves. But, of course, he can't fight them alone, and therefore enlists the help of his (adopted) brother Loki, who still hasn't apologized for that whole Battle of New York thing.

I've been super excited about seeing Thor: The Dark World since the first trailer was released, and let me tell you: It is a gem among sequels. It takes the characters we met in Thor and got to know a little better in The Avengers and makes them ten times better. Sure, Thor is still a bit of an overdramatic oaf, but he's a loveable (and handsome) one. Chris Hemsworth seems so comfortable in the role. Yes, Loki is a total bastard, but his sass and his conflicted nature—and his general Tom Hiddlestonness—make him one of the best villains of all time, and he's wonderfully sneaky in TDW. There's so much more to Loki, and that's showcased nicely in this film. (I might be a tad biased?) The supporting cast are all more interesting as well, considering we've gotten the introductions out of the way and can now just roll with them as they go along.

It was great to see an Avenger off Earth, too. Asgard is gorgeous, and the other realms are equally as impressive. Computer graphics, you guys. I'm so glad we live in the future.

I'm also super pleased and impressed at how well Marvel continues to tie their movies together. The mentions of what happened with Loki in New York didn't seem forced, and there's a moment in the middle of the movie which made me giggle so hard. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet, but those of you who have surely know the scene I'm talking about. The mid-credits scene does a great job of setting up new stuff that's yet to come, too. As a person who appreciates a well thought-out plan, I have to give Marvel serious props for being able to think years in advance so well.

If you've seen the movie, what did you think? If not, you need to, and soon!


  1. I'm super biased with my love for Loki too! Tom Hiddleston owns that role like it's nobody's business. I thought Christopher Eccleston made an excellent, or rather "fantastic!", villain as well -- I completely forgot it was him until I saw his name in the credits! For the most part I really enjoyed it, but it kind of felt like they tried to make certain plot lines and just didn't carry them out through the rest of the movie. Like, was there supposed to be some love triangle with Lady Sif, Jane Foster, and Thor? o__0

  2. Eccleston was great, but I wish we would've been able to see his ability more - the constant Elvish kind of killed it for me, I think. He was good, but I know he could've been better. I'm still coming up with things I loved and on the other side, things I was meh about, but overall I really enjoyed it! Frigga! My girl crush on Kat Dennings grows, and Loki was perfect.

    Does this fabulous moment have something to do with truth? :D

  3. I totally forgot to include Eccleston! Shame on me. I thought he was a great looking villain, but would have liked to see more from him.

    I think the Sif-Thor-Jane thing is a comment on the rocky relationships of the various players from the comics, more than anything. (Thor ends up with Sif at various stages in their very long lives; they even have a son together.) But I could be wrong.

  4. I definitely would have liked to see more from Eccleston. The makeup was amazing, though. So it was OK for me to just look. ;)

    Frigga was a total BAMF. I'm sad we only got to see it for a short bit. Loki was perfect. The banter between the brothers is absolutely spot-on, too.

    And YES. That bit was SO amazing. I think my eyes literally lit up with glee.

  5. The makeup was AMAZING. I'm just greedy and want MORE xD More Eccleston. More Frigga (<3), and holy crap, Thor and Loki banter <3