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Reviews: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

thor_the_dark_worldReviews for this film from our members:

  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: I found that The Dark World flat-out didn’t know what it was, and I lay blame primarily on the screenplay.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Its humor and action in synch, “The Dark World” is the strongest argument to date for Thor as the best standalone Avenger.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: There is exactly one reason to see Thor: The Dark World, and his name is Tom Hiddleston. Save for his too-brief supporting turn, this is mighty forgettable stuff, a by-the-numbers sequel to what was already the slightest and least entertaining of the ‘Avengers’ components.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: With its cameos (Stan Lee and a fellow Avenger), teasing end credits scenes, references to New York, and promise of a return, this second “Thor” feels very much like one piece in modern cinema’s biggest commercial puzzle.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s the essence of what a popcorn comic book movie should be.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Mejor que la primera película con el dios nórdico, en ésta tenemos que conformarnos con pequeños milagros técnicos y poca historia
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: director Alan Taylor’s (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’) ploy is to revert to comedy whenever the plot stops making sense. Too often, we’re treated to the sight of Stellan Skarsgård (as scientist Erik Selvig) running around without his pants on.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Much of what made the first film such fun was the fact that it was a fish out of water comedy in which a man who cavorts around like a Viking has to figure out modern day Earth. While there are glimmers of the old Thor in Hemsworth’s performance – particularly in an early battle scene in which he dispatches his enemies with a wry smile – he’s a more stoic, brooding presence than he was before, intent on mooning over his distant love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) than the business of preparing to rule the realm of Asgard in the stead of his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …whenever THE DARK WORLD returns to Earth it lands less with the crackling boom of thunder and more with a resounding thud.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: En “Thor: El mundo oscuro” parece que pensaron que los personajes ya estaban presentados en la primera parte, y aquí no hacía falta detenerse en sus relaciones, porque la película es básicamente trama y trama.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The sequel feels like another in the long line of origin stories for any given superhero.
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews
  • Takis Gkaris @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stolidly amusing superhero saga, a visual effects showcase.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s the human element that makes these superhero movies work. Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki and a more lighthearted touch in the second half elevate this fantasy into fun entertainment.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: … strap yourself in, endure the opening 30 minutes and you’ll get to the most hilariously self-aware Marvel film in the series.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Think heavy-metal Lord of the Rings. With wormholes. It’s completely mad and kind of awesome.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A very exciting and fun Phase 2 entry that short-changes a few key elements.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: More heavy-handed than it had to be and confusing underwhelming bombast for overwhelming excitement, the film is generic and unspectacular by itself, but it functions as a convoy for bigger and better things to come.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: One of the defining elements of the rise of the superhero blockbuster was a reliance on a strong narrative. Thor: The Dark World proves that the narrative has gotten muddied and, as a result, the success of the Marvel universe may be unraveling.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Thor’s second solo outing strikes a far better balance between the Earth-bound action and the dramas on his home world of Asgard, but beyond the strong set pieces and knowing humour, the plot and central romance fail to hit home.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: The Dark World is a painfully uninspired sequel to an original enterprise that wasn’t particularly inspired to begin with.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Whatever story we are told, should it be worthy, shall possess our adoration for Thor. The question is, is this film worthy?
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Hardly a thundering success…
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: When the dust clears, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ ends up being another brash entertainment spectacle that showcases its special effects flourishes and waxes its big-budgeted whimsy but leaves out the core element of simply tooting its humble horn as a compelling down-to-earth Marvel Comics sideshow.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Tone is a particular casualty: too serious one minute and too goofy the next, with Brian Tyler’s overbearing music underscoring each tonal change, the film struggles to achieve that balanced comic book feel.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: In all the ways that count, “Thor: The Dark World” is more of the same. Though it suffers in the way that sequels often do, it gets past the escalating bloat to deliver everything that made you like the franchise in the first place.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Basically what you have here is a $170 million B-picture. That doesn’t make the film bad. It’s entertaining, and that’s good enough for me.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: In fairness, The Avengers was so darned good, the bar may have been set a bit too high for the likes of any one superhero to carry a film all on their own.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: The returning cast members have enough built-in chemistry, and the script has enough moments of genuine wit and cleverness, that Thor: The Dark World doesn’t sink despite being weighed down with an enormously, unnecessarily convoluted story.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A brainless, chaotic piece of comic-book hokum so loud and action-packed that by the end you might feel you’ve been clobbered over the head by the hero’s big old hammer.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘The scene in which Odin sagely points out that, whilst every other MacGuffin is solid, ‘The Ether floats’ is as close as you get to anything being explained to any sort of degree.’
  • Phil Villarreal @ COED.com
    • Excerpt: This is a sequel that, compared to the original, is unequal, with pointless, dull CGI battles in Thor’s pointless, dull outer realms rather than anything of much consequence happening on earth to “real” people.
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:31 pm

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