Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Which I Discuss Thor 2 (While Mostly Flailing Over Tom Hiddleston)

EDIT: So a lot of my posts haven't been going through because of Internet problems, so expect a small flurry of slightly out of date stuff today, like the snow flurry outside my window this morning. In April. In the South. I was not amused.

-Bullet list. Or else we're not gonna get anywhere.
-For the record, and I'm totally biased, Thor is my favorite Avenger. Always has been, always will be.
-So this movie was definitely pretty high up on the list of "I'm going to watch this immediately and cry even if there's nothing sad".
-And thankfully, despite some flaws which I will pick at, it lived up to my expectations.
-My biggest concern for this particular expedition was Loki, as it usually is. How are they gonna deal with the fact that he almost destroyed Earth last summer? Will this create more Shakespearean drama? Does Tom Hiddleston still get to steal scenes if Loki is imprisoned? The answer is yes. And it works wonderfully. This is definitely a movie more about Loki, which is not to say that it's not about others too. Everybody gets a little more character development this time around. But it is a Loki world, and we're merely living in it.
-Love triangle? Kind of. No spoilers, but I was a fan of how it was handled. Don't worry, there's no catfighting between Sif and Jane, our two lady leads.
-Well, Kat Denning's hilarious Darcy doesn't count as a lady lead, but in terms of show stealing, she's up there with Hiddleston. The movie can be pretty dark, but Darcy and a few well chosen cameos keep it funny when it needs to be.
-Character death. Be warned.
-Hemsworth lends credibility to a role that pretty much anyone else would've played statically. He gets better with every movie.
-Special effects. I had issues. First of all, what looks to be a hasty post-filming 3D conversion darkened the colors in the 2-D version most of you probably went to see. Sometimes it's a little hard to tell what's going on. I really wish studios would stop doing that to make a bigger profit, it's getting annoying and detracts from the movie itself.
-No, but I really enjoyed it, and did cry (for the record, there were actual sad things in this movie, it wasn't just me being a total sap). Some will mostly likely have problems with all the rawr-elves-and-laser-beams-and-high-fantasy-elements, but I found this totally bonkers approach awesome for the movie. If this happens in Cap 2, I'll be less thrilled, but hey, it works for Asgard.


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