PREPARING FOR WAR – Rewatching THOR: THE DARK WORLD – The Dark Horse

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“I know you seek vengeance as much as I do. You help me escape Asgard, and I will grant it to you.
Vengeance.”

It was a deliberation mustering up the will to watch Thor: The Dark World.

Maybe I’ve had my mind changed by other perceptions of it.

Or maybe I did only ‘slightly enjoy it’.

Or is it my mate Jay using Jedi Mind Tricks to make me hate it, as he hates this film with Sith-like intensity.

I’m not sure, but Thor: The Dark World was up against the wall for me enjoying it.

The weird thing with this rewatch is…I think I did enjoy it.


In ancient times, the gods of Asgard fought and won a war against an evil race known as the Dark Elves. The survivors were neutralized, and their ultimate weapon — the Aether — was buried in a secret location.
Hundreds of years later, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) finds the Aether and becomes its host, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to bring her to Asgard before Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) captures her and uses the weapon to destroy the Nine Realms — including Earth.

What I always like to remember about Thor: The Dark World is that renowned Game Of Thrones Director Alan Taylor was shoulder-tapped for this.

After Branagh did enough to settle the God Of Thunder in, it was up to Taylor to help him fly toward the future.

Coming hot off the Avengers and Iron Man 3, this film had a hard time at release.

How so?

It had a MIXED AUDIENCE REACTION.

Yes, films will always have such a thing, but with regard to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe was performing at the time, the results were TOO SKEWED.

Shocking, I know.

And I think as time went on, this influenced my own views on the film.

AND I LOVE THOR!

Huge Hemsworth fan since his Kim Hyde days on Home & Away (honestly the storyline with Rachel was truly heartbreaking).

But at the time, the amazing amount of plot being setup was too much for this fan.

Which is weird, because I love plot!

Yet I couldn’t see the bigger picture of Thor: The Dark World. Setting up the family dynamic moving forward; The strain of relationships between Gods and Mortals and more information about the Infinity Stones, it’s astounding to see how well-put together this film is.

It also migrates the film from the more serious tone of the first into a more middle-grounded territory that sees it’s transition to the world of Ragnarok fully supported.

So Thor: The Dark World, I’m sorry.

I probably won’t watch you as much as the others, but I won’t be as reluctant next time.

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