Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1939 - Thor: The Dark World
I have to be deadly honest here. This is the first of the Marvel films that I've been 'meh' on. And it was especially disappointing because the first Thor was so goddamn good, and I expected very little from it (maybe why I liked it so much). In some ways I think that they just attempted to do too much, be too big. We don't need every single Marvel film to be about saving the entire world - do the stakes really need to be THAT high every single time? The more sci-fi the films get the less interesting they are. And I'm not down on sci-fi films, I think the problem is that they found a way to really ground the early films in this series, but now that all the fantasy elements are in place it just muddles it a bit. I liked that Iron Man had to deal with that to some extent though. I don't know, I guess, for me, I just think they can do so much more with simplicity and don't give themselves enough credit for that. It's the small moments in these kinds of films that really speak volumes - and this one had no small moments. Shame, really. It was nice to have Portman integrated into the plot in a much stronger way though. I should end with saying that I didn't hate the film - I just didn't really enjoy it all that much, and it's one that I likely won't find myself revisiting.