Thor: The Dark World is the best superhero movie of the year. Review over, that was easy.
But what does that mean?!
Well, after watching Thor, I did what any lonely person does after watching a movie. Which is seek out others who have seen it so that you can bond over a shared experience and not feel so alone in this world. The most interesting thing someone said to me was that Thor was the best Superman movie of the year. Holy backhanded compliments, Ironman! Thor in spite of all his power was made relatable and because you were able to understand his motivations became and inspiring character and Man of Steel failed miserably at these things. Is that what you meant to say? Why am I asking? I know it is. We’ve pretty much all come to a consensus that Man of Steel was not that great. It had a ton of problems story wise that are bound to happen unless the storyteller has a love and understanding of the character.
I consider Superman to be a necessary evil. What I mean by that is if you’re going to have superheroes, you’re always going to end up with a Superman. Some character that is nigh omnipotent and better than mortal men but proves to be inspirational. And this character has to exist so that we can have others who don’t have the burden of being perfect and all-powerful and have actual interesting experiences.
So, Thor has learned about power and responsibility as Marvel characters are want to do and in doing so has possibly found love. Responsibility, however, trumps love when the one you love is a mere human and you are a god like, alien being. I believe we call that conflict. Hello drama!
Thor wants to be with Jane, Jane wants to be with Thor but they are literally from different worlds. Also, some guy wants to plunge the universe in to darkness.
Whatever, here’s why this movie works. Thor is just a dude trying to figure out what he wants from life and shit keeps getting in the way. I can relate to that. If this were a movie about a guy who witnesses his estranged girlfriend get in a terrible car wreck and his mother is struck by another vehicle while trying to help. He then has to depend on help from his bi-polar brother. It would probably be nominated for all the awards but it’s not that movie. Except that it is. Thor is expected and preparing to become king. He should be happy but his heart and mind are with Jane, who is human. Their relationship won’t last; him being a god like alien that lives forever in our eyes. That is until she becomes possessed by an ancient evil, which brings them together again. Things happen.
This movie isn’t perfect, there are some weak points. The villain, Malekith, is fairly useless but you gotta have a bad guy. Jane, while being Thor’s love interest, doesn’t have much characterization outside of that. She’s a scientist but all she really does is press a few buttons and turn a nob.
I’m sure you can guess how this movie plays out but it’s super fun to watch. Even more so than the first.
Rashad is a co-founder of GeekCLE. When Rashad was young an unfortunate encounter with a gypsy lead to him being cursed to never amount to anything in his life. Setting out to prove that curses are not real he watched a ton of cartoons and read many a comic book. He also likes to play games but it seems that part of the curse means he’s not allowed to win anything ever.