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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.

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Alan Taylor

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Thor
Natalie Portman ... Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston ... Loki
Anthony Hopkins ... Odin
Christopher Eccleston ... Malekith
Jaimie Alexander ... Sif
Zachary Levi ... Fandral
Ray Stevenson ... Volstagg
Tadanobu Asano ... Hogun
Idris Elba ... Heimdall
Rene Russo ... Frigga
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Algrim / Kurse
Kat Dennings ... Darcy Lewis
Stellan Skarsgård ... Erik Selvig
Alice Krige ... Eir
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Storyline

Thousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors from Asgard stop them but their leader Malekith escapes to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether and since it cannot be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster awaits the return of Thor although it has been two years since they last saw once another. In the meantime, Thor has been trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. She goes to investigate, finds a wormhole, and is sucked into it. Back on Asgard, Thor wishes to return to Earth but his father, Odin refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall, who can see into all of the realms, that Jane disappeared. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane reappears. However, when some policemen try to arrest her, an unknown energy repulses them. Thor then brings Jane to Asgard to ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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There was darkness.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thor 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,737,841, 10 November 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$206,362,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$644,783,140
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(At around thirty minutes) Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets annoyed when Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) says she belongs in Asgard, like a goat belongs at a banquet table. Ironically, in the final scene of the movie on Earth (prior to the credits) she is seen eating at a kitchen table with a container of what is clearly labelled as goat's milk. See more »

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(at around 1h 7 mins) During Fandral's "For Asgard" fight scene, there are two consecutive green-screened shots of him landing between soldiers on the flying craft, one with a soldier on the left of the frame, the other with a soldier on the right. They clearly use the same footage, flopped to make them look like different angles, with slightly different backgrounds keyed in. Fandral flies in from the wrong angle in the second shot, is facing the other way, his sword jumps to the other side of his body, and it's clearly the same guard in both shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Odin: [narrating] Long before the birth of light, there was darkness... and from that darkness came the Dark Elves. Millennia ago, the most ruthless of their kind, Malekith, sought to transform our universe back into one of eternal night. Such evil was possible through the power of the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction. The noble armies of Asgard, led by my father King Bor, waged a mighty war against these creatures. As the Nine Worlds converged above him, Malekith could at...
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There's a statement at the end of the credits: "Thor will return." His next appearance in the MCU is in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). See more »

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An unfocused mess
4 November 2013 | by j-prydeSee all my reviews

The first Thor was probably one of Marvel's more trickier movies since it centered heavily around Norse mythology. To make it work in the "real" world was a massive task. Integrating a billionaire playboy who doubles as a tech-powered superhero, or a scientist who turns into a green rage monster was easier to accomplish than the fantastic world of Asgard, Gods & Monsters.

Credit must go to Kenneth Brannagh who found the right balance between the fantastic and "real" (that's a stretch anyways) world. Furthermore, Brannagh focused on the characters instead of bombastic vfx (he still provided tons of beautiful shot visuals though).

His replacement Alan Taylor however goes in the opposite direction and favors stylish visuals over character development. Worse still, the pacing and tone are all over the place.

The Dark World tries to hard to provide the same brand of humor Joss Whedon is known for but fails to deliver the laughs, or they are rather misplaced.

Bottom line: It's a too unfocused movie that suffers from a weak script and a director who tries too many things at the same time.


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