Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thor: The Dark World Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Thor: The Dark World, 81%, B-, 4 Stars.
Without the character arc of the first movie and knowing what comes after, the substance that made the first Thor so great isn’t here. While the Game of Thrones flavor director Alan Taylor brings is cool, it doesn’t compensate for the lazy writing.
Plot
-Pacing 8/10
The movie is less than two hours, but feels long. It’s pretty stuffed, but does slow down at times. It could also have something to do with the lack of major character arcs, more on that later.
-Coherence 6/10
There were several plot holes I noticed, like “how did the police not know Ian wasn’t Selvig’s son if he’s so well known?” among others. There were also points of lazy writing, and not just in the story.
Characters
-Relatability 8/10
I really didn’t connect with Thor as much this time around. While this one picked up on some of that “learn to be a noble king” journey for him, it wasn’t really the same experience. I feel like the humans reacting to the convergence was more relatable, but the main character was not.
-Development 7/10
The character development was underwhelming due to the aforementioned lack of a major arc, but still made to be likable. Malekith the Accursed was an underwhelming villain due to the lazy writing. He did have some connection to Thor’s grandfather, but it wasn’t enough to make him a quality Marvel villain, who are at their best when they have some major dynamic with the protagonist.
Picture
-Visual Believability 7/10
The visual effects were good, especially with fewer obvious green screens. The battle cinematography was well done, giving it that epic feel. The CGI was weak at times and I couldn’t decide if the dark elves looked cheap or not.
-Purposeful Content 8/10
Most of the movie advances the doomsday storyline, but some of it feels like filler, meant to bring it closer to a two hour runtime.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Brian Tyler’s musical genius shines here with the main theme delivering the rush of fantastical adventure and the music for the sad parts capturing the tragedy.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It’s all used appropriately.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 7/10
The humor gets a little overbearing towards the end. Either commit to a showdown or declare it a comedy.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
There were a few salty words to punctuate the scenes, and there was enough naughty content in the form of being able to see the bony part of Thor’s severed hand to keep it PG-13.
Ragnarok couldn’t come soon enough to make this series more fun, not to mention, more interesting and advance Thor’s character. The Dark World mostly exists to set up the reality stone and give the first real explanation of the infinity stones. It’s undoubtedly one of the underwhelming MCU films, but by the Marvel standard, it’s enjoyable, especially if you’re a canon nerd and a sucker for fantasy elements like I am.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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