Originally Posted by Closet Geek
Okay, so for those who have seen it (I have not), I have a couple of general questions. How does the movie compare to the first Thor?
I saw it last friday (in 2D because as the great Matt once said, 3D can kiss my a$$
- more precisely since it's a conversion, I wasn't interested in the first place)
...I think it's better than the first one mainly for 2 reasons (I won't spoil anything about the story): it has an "epic" feel that I thought wasn't completely there the first time, and the complicated relationship between Loki and Thor is explored even more in The Dark World. I liked the pacing, the humor (and particularly Loki's lines were really funny). Tom Hiddleston shines in his role and steals the show every time he's on screen. Not to take anything from Chris Hemsworth or Natalie Portman or anyone else, but when Loki appears, you always end up thinking the scene was too short
. He's more prominent as a character too. I've seen complaints about the villain, not being villain enough, or not being very important, maybe it's true, but to me the film is not just about Thor vs. one guy, it's much more than that. So yes, in a way, the villain is not that important, but there are many other things to keep Thor and his friends busy. The music was more "precise" this time around, I don't really know how to say it, but it felt assured, and worked better as well.
Natalie Portman has also a more important role in this story, and dare I say, she's even more beautiful as well. She's absolutely gorgeous. I've read more than a few criticisms about her and her character, and frankly, I don't understand; is it some sort of Anne Hathaway syndrome? I don't know but from my angle she's fine in her role.
It's also a visual treat and Asgard appears even more spectacular and impressive than it was in the first film.
How does the film compare to the other 2 major super-hero films this year? I liked Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 very much as well so I refuse to rank them and make comparisons
...But Thor 2 is a very strong film. Like I said, there's some kind of "cinematic grandeur", that gives the film a truly epic nature, at times even an LOTR feel of sorts.
The ending sets the stage for the third film in a great, great way (although I saw it coming).
Be sure to stay until the very end of the credits.....