Thor The Dark World

Bill I’s Review – 2 out of 5

This sequel fell short of my already low expectations, and I couldn’t wait for the closing credits.  When I find myself squirming in my seat, closing my eyes and not worrying I am missing something then I know it’s not a great movie for me. It started out OK, with the same characters as the first Thor, but then towards the end got more preposterous and boring. The actors are fine (Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as the brainy beauty scientist, and Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s bad bro Loki), some of the repartee is witty, but oh, the plot. I don’t think I need to give a spoiler alert because I don’t think I understood enough to explain what exactly happens. I can say that someone wants to destroy the universe, and they need to capture the “ether” from Natalie (she has absorbed it somehow, while pining away for her dream beauty Thor who said he’d be right back two years ago, while he had to go back to his world in another galaxy, deal with his father and unruly brother, and save his world), then wait for the precise moment when convergence happens (don’t remember convergence from your high school physics class? Well it’s when all the planets line up in a row and gravity goes nuts causing havoc – my wife says it causes worm holes but I don’t recall them using that terminology), and only at that moment can the ether be deployed to destroy everything. Unless, of course, the brainy beauteous Natalie is wielding her iPad with knobs to zap the bad guys into another dimension. Some minor questions arose in my mind along the way. Such as, when and how did Natalie, or her mentor wacky scientist who runs around in his underwear (or less), figure out how to create this super iPad without even asking Apple? Or why do the good guys on Thor’s world use swords to fight the bad guys even though they have super advanced technology that allows them to travel through worm holes and to fly super fast ships with great ray guns and automated ray canons? And how do the bad guys, who have been exciled in some type of remote prison since the first Thor, come back armed with super AK-47 type ray guns and grenades that suck into thin air anyone within 50 feet? Let this be a warning to all of you, not to snooze so you can figure out these puzzlers. Or not.

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