Saw Thor: The Dark World in 3D today (more about the 3D later). I thought the film was delightful. It both looked and sounded great. It was exciting but also frequently funny. It's not going to make any intellectual demands on anybody but it sure is fun. 8 Stars out of 10.
I saw Thor 2 in 3D only because I had misread its start time online and would have had to wait for more than an hour to see it in 2D. Consequently, I decided to spring for the extra $4.00 and see it in 3D, although I usually don't like films presented that way. Today, though, I made a change from all but one film I have seen in 3D. I watched it from the first row after the cross aisle in the theater. To my surprise, I found that the 3D illusion worked really well and that the 3D glasses over my own glasses didn't bother me when I was sitting so close. I decided to sit close this time because when I saw Avatar first run in a theater I had to sit very close to the screen because those were the only seats left. The 3D effect was great in Avatar too but because of all the rave reviews about how wonderful the 3D effects were, I discounted the location of our seats as having anything to do with how good the 3D was. Now, though, I think I am going to try more 3D and make sure that I sit close to the screen. What can I say? It works, at least it has worked for me a couple of times.
NB: The theater in which I saw Thor 2 is the largest in the 24 screen complex were it is located. I was the only patron, I say again, the only one. I see a lot of matinees but can't remember seeing anything like that before. I guess I am not the only moviegoer who usually resists paying a premium for a 3D presentation.