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    November 1, 2013

    MOVIE REVIEW: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

    Even when "Iron Man 3" was released to a mixed reception earlier this year, I still enjoyed it thoroughly. "Iron Man 3" was in a different game and was understandably so following the events that happened in The Avengers. Soaked in darker mood, playing a risky move on its take on the classic villain The Mandarin and providing more serviceable black humor. But The Rock of Ages Norse God might be in a different mood and game after all. Fresh from sending his half-brother Loki into the dungeon, Thor is now on a new mission to battle Malekith, the Dark Elf.





    Fortunate enough, "Thor: The Dark World", the second movie on the second phase is out to deliver another potent and strong entry. Looks like Marvel's winning streak will continue for much longer now. With a more simplistic and straightforward layout story, "Thor: The Dark World" is still impressive. With Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearean style is relatively absent in this one, Alan Taylor whose works in "Games of Throne" are highly acclaimed, puts a new spin of entertaining strokes all over. It heavily emphasizes on plenty of laughable moments, serviceable dialogues, charismatic use of the characters and entertaining actions that deliver.

    Despite the subtitle suggesting the dark nature of this epic feature, what surprises and amazes (as well as fools) me is the fact that "Thor: The Dark World" contains more well-balanced elements across its storyboard. Not only does it darker than the first one, Alan Taylor brings more fun and light humour into almost every scene imaginable for the movie to function, at the precise moment. Plus, anytime when Thor, Loki and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) share a scene, the movie becomes even more lifely. Probably this is due to their strong performances and having great dialogue to exchange, but they really steal the light at anytime. Unlike "Thor", it comes to show that Loki and Thor are just interesting characters to watch.

    Rather than focusing the whole actions in one place, we see playful actions that switch places (or realms) for about 3 minutes in the third act. Given the astrophysic and gravity laws it break, the resulting actions and the whole lots of graphic effects are just too delicious to resist. Plus, it makes "Jumper" like a real amateur. Also, "Thor" The Dark World" looks like a good crossover between "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" but with extra badass all around. The only things going at unpleasant way is the fact that Christopher Eccleston's Malekith is a little letdown. The character is seriously underwritten and does not to carry clearer motivation and emotion, and that's a shame!

    But "Thor: The Dark World" is without a doubt, way better than the first one. It provides enough share of fun factors, silliness, laughter and thrills all through a simple plot with mesmerizing characters to see. Also, it makes me hyped for Guardians of the Galaxy, even more!

    "Thor: The Dark World" stars Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"), Tom Hiddleston ("Midnight in Paris) and Natalie Portman ("Black Swan"), presented by Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios, and directed by Alan Taylor ("Games of Throne") from screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The movie is rated PG13 and on release in cinemas since October 31, 2013.

    MY RATING:
    Story: 4.0
    Casts: 4.5
    Cinematography: 5.0
    Effects: 5.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 17.1/20.0

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