Bulletpoints: Thor: The Dark World

As ever, there are spoilers.


  • There’s very little that is new or startling about this movie, but it does have one scene that verges on revolutionary. An early scene is set on Vanaheim, where Thor and co. are bringing peace to the realm by hitting things (Sif is particularly good at hitting things). The battle ends when Thor explodes the biggest of his enemies (you’ve seen this in the trailer); Hogun tells Thor he’s planning to stick around for a while, and as the two men talk they walk past large barrels (urns? baskets?) filled with what look like spices. None of these barrels (tubs?) of produce has been overturned for effect during the battle.
  • No seriously, go back and read that again. I could not believe it.
  • It all begins with the voiceover from Lord of the Rings. We’re told of the evil of Malekith, the power of the aether (we’re not really told much about the aether, other than that it exists and is powerful), over scenes of battle. The Good (probably) guys get the aether, the dark elf army collapses, the good guys decide they can’t destroy this awesomely powerful thing (at which point one of the people I watched it with whispered “cast it back into the fire whence it came!”). It is all very familiar.
  • Other things are also very familiar. Asgard is a bit Rivendell and a lot Star Wars (I suppose this is unavoidable), a mid-credits scene is classic Star Trek.The aliens-crash-into-big-city-and-do-damage scenes are at least recognisably in London rather than some generic city, so that’s nice.
  • As ever, this wholesale destruction of Western cities makes me very glad that aliens rarely choose to stage cosmic battles in Delhi. (Think of all the overturning-things potential of Chandni Chowk though.)
  • arse-guardian“.
  • The whole thing feels rather unfinished. The music sometimes builds up to big climactic moments and sometimes forgets to, some of the dialogue has a distinctly *menacing speech goes here* placeholder-y feel to it.
  • Idris Elba has a tiny action scene where he chases an invisible spaceship and incapacitates it with a sword.
  • I think all this alien technology might not be as impressive as we’re led to believe? The excellence of Elba aside, if your large spaceship can be brought down by a single man with a pointy stick, you need to do better. Likewise, whoever’s responsible for Asgard’s security shield thing needs to ensure that it cannot be broken by someone throwing a punch at the controls. Meanwhile, Earth technology manages to turn an anomaly-detecty-thing into an anomaly-causy-thing in about two minutes, that strikes me as pretty good sciencing.
  • I love the Dark Elves’ armour, particularly the empty-eyed face masks.
  • I also love Christopher Eccleston’s elaborate hair. But this, as my friend Kate points out, raises the entire question of elven haircare–since Malekith probably isn’t doing it himself and most of his people are dead, do the remaining dark elves do one another’s hair? (I would read this comic)
  • As usual, tumblr is right in having the primary romantic relationship be between Jane and science. I’m not sure why Portman’s character has felt so inconsequential to me over these two movies–her badness at dating and sudden moments of science geekery almost made up for it here.
  • And they don’t sexualise her, or Darcy, or Sif, in any of the obvious places. Instead we get random shirtless Thor, which is so clearly put in as a “here you go, ladies”* moment.
  • DARCY.
  • Maybe it’s homesickness but Thor’s cloak (if that’s what it is?) reminds me of the draped shawl of an arty Indian man in a Delhi winter. Note to self: Chris Hemsworth is not a Bengali poet.


I’m sure I remember having other thoughts about this film. Hm.


*Straight and bi ladies who are into that sort of thing, and also anyone else who is into that sort of thing.

One Comment to “Bulletpoints: Thor: The Dark World

  1. LOKI!!

    You made no mention of my future husband! Hawji.

    Also, the smashing up of Greenwich reminded of the climax of Turbulence. Are you sure Samit’s been pitching scripts only to B’wood?

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