NON HORROR REVIEW-After another unplanned absence from my column and an unexpected trip to Hong Kong, I am back to reviewing films.
Missing the prime time of the year for Horror films, I have decided to dive back in with a non horror review first.
While in Lantau Island, we were fortunate enough to be able to check out the newest Marvel-Movie release, "Thor: The Dark World" over a week before our friends back home in the United States, so let me give you a brief run down, and as always with no spoilers.
The 2013 Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones, The Sopranos) directed effort, began with a much needed and well exposed introduction to the events surrounding "Thor: The Dark World."
Visually remarkable, yet frighteningly reminiscent of "Lord Of The Rings" and "Game Of Thrones" mashed up together, this sequence overlapped genres a few times, giving viewers a different feel from what one would expect from a "Thor" themed film.
The tone was quickly shifted, and in the nick of time, however, Taylor's talents are in need of vast improvement for theatrical releases, as he provides sloppy chops, uncomfortable angles and irritating symmetrical positioning throughout the films 112 minutes.
The production crew did a fantastic job of raising the bar of humor that could make everyone laugh and offend the least amount of viewers. This could have saved some of the past Marvel-Movies, and in the case of "Thor: The Dark World", this atmospheric attitude worked it's way into the fibers of the film to ensure top notch popcorn entertainment.
The cast was stellar for a film of this stature, highlighted by Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig) while the script and story were nicely written, tying in perfectly the relationships between Thor and his family, Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Thor and The Avengers.
I feel as if viewers which haven't seen either "Thor" or "The Avengers" would be fine with seeing "Thor: The Dark World" and not feel lost with the chain of events or feel out of touch with the characters.
Some of the fighting sequences were ridiculous, and some were all out bad-ass, which is expected from movies of this nature. Keep your eyes on Heimdall (Idris Elba) and what he does to the first ship that enters Asgard, that was a jaw dropper without a doubt!
All in all, I feel "Thor: The Dark World" was an all around winner. I was certainly impressed and left the theater happy about spending my time and money on it and I look forward to all the tie-ins and additions that springboard off of this story and what was after the credits. So if you plan on watching it in the theaters, stick around until the very end!!