FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
From the Studio that brought you the #1 Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, comes another must-own, epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“Thor: The Dark World” is a reminder of what sequels can and can’t be. While building upon the framework of the first film, “The Dark World” asks a lot of casual viewers. It demands that you understand the Odinson family dynamic. Suddenly, you have to deeply care for Frigga’s love of her adopted Loki. Thor is being groomed for the throne since Loki’s now in basement jail. But, Thor keeps pining for Natalie Portman. Honestly, I don’t blame the guy. But, there’s other stuff going on.
Taking a much needed page from Walt Simonson’s classic run, we are introduced to Malekith and the Dark Elves. We watch as Bor (Grandfather Odinson) defeats them and steals their infinity gem. Naturally, he flings it to Earth in a giant rock. Eons pass and it’s discovered by Portman and Big Hootered Girl from CBS. This one’s called the Aether, but it’s the Power Gem from the Infinity Gauntlet. Now, we’ve got the Mind Gem (The Tesseract from The Avengers) and this red rock in play. It’s almost enough to give The Collector a throblem. Don’t worry, Benecio Del Toro shows up during the mid credits right when you’re trying to leave for a quick piss.
Oh well, back to the action. Frigga gets stabbed to death by Kurse. Malekith gets his face fried and thus we enter the revenge mode of the film. Thor and Loki team up to pull shenanigans on the Dark Elves’ home realm. Meanwhile, the Warriors Three get their one moment to do something on camera. Everyone has a good chuckle until Loki gets off Thor’s hand. Did I mention the black hole grenades? Apparently, Dark Elves get to pack black hole grenades or dark matter bombs. People die, shoes are tossed between dimensions and Dr. Erik Selvig sports no pants.
Are you winded yet? Well, that’s what this movie feels like. It’s a small child discovering Thor for the first time and then screaming how awesome everything is into your face. Narrative coherence turns to shit pudding at the midpoint, but an ending is remembered in time for the Marvel credit scenes. While I appreciate the humor in the movie, not everything has to be setup for a laugh. Explain more shit and give us a reason to fear the Dark Elves and the Aether. All I got out of it was, you can suck it into you and become invincible until you burn out. In that sense, it’s Space Extremis.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurettes, deleted/extended scenes, gag reel and “All Hail the King” short film. The A/V Quality sports an amazing 1080p transfer and DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track that stands among the best of 2014. That being said, I eagerly await to hear this film get mixed into DTS-Atmos 11 channel. For those of you that are waiting to hear about “All Hail the King”, I’ll say this. It is what you think it is, but it’s handled in a way that doesn’t feel like a bullshit retcon. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 02/25/2014