‘Thor: The Dark World’ Boring, Hard to Follow (Review)

At least the two main actors are hot

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Warning: Minor spoilers.

Thor: The Dark World was incredibly boring and very hard to follow. After seeing the first Thor and then also watching The Avengers (he was in that one, wasn’t he?) I really thought I would have a handle on all the ins and outs of the plot of the second Thor film.


In fact, I found myself closing my eyes and nodding off quite a lot during the movie, but rather than being awakened by the film itself, I would be torn from my slumber from time to time by the guy behind me, who kept kicking my seat really hard. The seat backs are so high that when I turned around to glare at him, all I found staring me back in the face was the fabric of the chair. I finally moved so I could snooze in peace.

During the times I was awake, I noticed that the 3-D was kind of lame. I saw it in Real D 3D. Other than the film having more depth to it than a traditional flat movie, I did not notice any cool things flying out of the screen and looking as though I could touch them, so that was very disappointing.

The movie starts off with… oh wait, I don’t even remember. One part I do remember was the professor guy running around naked at Stonehenge. There was absolutely no explanation for this during the course of the film, and I am still wondering why that character insisted on being naked. At a later point in the movie, he is walking around with no pants on. I guess the director was going for the “eccentric” professor thing. Otherwise, it was really unclear and kind of awkward.

I also remember lots of battle scenes (yawn.) After each battle, Natalie Portman would wander around looking frail and beautiful. In fact, that’s really all she did during the entire movie. It would have been much more interesting to see her kick some butt.

What else? Thor’s brother: who knows if he is a good guy or a bad guy? He constantly switches between being loyal to Thor and being really obnoxious, so it’s hard to tell. There are also some evil Elvin type creatures who want to plunge the entire universe into darkness. It’s very difficult to keep track of what the hell is going on with them. They have some weird horizontal ships that can be invisible but not really invisible. It’s also never explained regarding what benefit they would receive from the universe being plunged into eternal night. Are they cats? Cats can see things better at night. Come to think of it, they did look slightly feline.

In between battles, characters would be walking around all casually, as if nothing important were going on. That was very confusing and it was hard to tell why the bad guys had retreated, or even if they had retreated. My thoughts often wandered to who would be better to kiss: the guy who plays Thor or Natalie Portman. It’s actually impossible to tell.

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How are we supposed to decide who would be better to kiss when both actors are so beautiful?

After the movie, I went on Rotten Tomatoes and checked out the rating. I was shocked to find it had over 60% from critics and over 80% from fans, so now I’m thinking maybe it’s just me. Thor: The Dark World was boring and hard to follow, but maybe I am the only one who thinks so.

By: Rebecca Savastio

8 Responses to "‘Thor: The Dark World’ Boring, Hard to Follow (Review)"

  1. Ed   March 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I found myself excited to put the DVD on, but as the film progressed I just found myself not caring about what happened. Didn’t seem intriguing, and most of the humor angles seem played out and predictable. I don’t agree that it was hard to follow necessarily. It just droned on and on and I frankly couldn’t wait til it ended. I’m thinking the director may have been a big reason, I haven’t been this disappointed with ANY of the other Marvel films in this recent generation.

  2. CMrok93   November 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

    It’s a whole bunch of fun, especially considering how weak most of these stand-alone superhero flicks tend to be. Nice review Rebecca.

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  4. chart3   November 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    It wasn’t just you…. I also saw it in 3-D and was underwhelmed by any such special effects as they didn’t really pop out of the screen like in Avatar, or even in Man of Steel which had minimal, yet memorable 3-D effects… I remember the first long fight sequence which seemed to last 7-10 minutes long literally had zero dialogue, not even any humorous one-liners… just absolutely no dialogue at all. I can’t remember the last movie I saw with such little dialogue during a long fight scene. I thought to myself that the directors were just lazy during that sequence. I also fell asleep during the long-protracted scenes with Portman during which she was doing absolutely nothing, so I definitely agree with you there as well. I read a review that this film was geared towards 25 and younger males, but that over 30% of this past weekend’s moviegoers were over the age of 35 which surprised many film analysts. I am in that over 35 age range too but really found the film to be lacking in many so ways. I experienced the same thing with the Iron Man 2 sequel after enjoying the first Iron Man film. However I really liked most of Iron Man 3. I also found the “eccentric” professor portrayal to be really uninteresting and repetitive even if his mind had been negatively impacted in The Avengers by Loki’s mind control ( the professor later explained that wearing only his underwear in the apartment helped him to think better).

  5. Dr. Cho   November 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I saw it, and i thought it was pretty awesome …

  6. M. Chandler   November 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Every thing you claim was hard to follow or not explained WAS clearly explained. You just had to actually take the film seriously enough to listen to the dialogue. The plot is simple: you’re just apparently too full of yourself to pay attention to it. This is a pathetic excuse for a review, by any standards.

  7. Rebecca Savastio   November 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Verchielle: Actually I loved the first one and wanted to watch this one. Oh but you’re right- Thor the Dark World is a film for intellectuals. I’m sure it will perform marvelously at Cannes. ROFL. PS- what’s One Direction?

  8. Verchielle   November 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Yeah, it’s just you, giving woman a bad name. From the start of this tatty “review” you made it abundantly clear you didn’t want to watch this film so why try? The film isn’t boring, you are. Go see a chick-flick with no plot, just hours of prattling on about shoes and babies and clothes and leave the films that actually require a brain to enjoy to those who CAN follow them. You’re probably a One Direction fan, you appear to have the kind of low intellect required to be one.

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