Home Viewing – Thor: The Dark World (2013)

First things first – I admit, I have yet to see any of the Thor films at the cinema. No real explanation, it just is. When I do eventually catch them, however, I must admit that I quite enjoy them; Tony Stark sums up perfectly my sentiments in this clip:

I think because of the world (that of Nordic gods) they inhabit, reaching overtly theatrical heights is no major surprise. It is a tone set in motion by “Shakespearean auteur” Kenneth Branagh in the first Thor feature. In Thor: The Dark World, we are again thrust into both worlds (Earth and Asgard).

I will spare a detailed run down of the film’s events, but just know that there is a lot of plot and subplot going on.

In the end I have to admit, I was satisfactorily entertained. It is clear that the actors are comfortable with each other, as exhibited in their banter and exchange of dialogue. This rapport brings a levity that makes this comic book adaptation all the more enjoyable.

Or perhaps, just perhaps, my enjoyment of Thor has something to do with the fact that as a ‘standalone’ franchise in the larger Marvel MCU, I had set the bar of expectation pretty low. And I don’t mean it as slight. The ingredients for a well made motion picture are there: the high theater (that straddles the line of  camp) combined with very capable talent yield positive results.

For me, the standout performance is Tom Hiddleston as the ‘villain’ Loki; there is another diabolical villain in the form of Christopher Eccleston – he’s quite fine too – but I digress. Serious when he needs to be and mischievous and plotting all other times, Hiddleston seems to be having a wonderful time in the role. And that makes US have a good time, too. It will be sad that we will not be seeing him for a while. At least that frees up the actor to entertain us in other films.

In the end, does this mean I will be seeing the third installment in the theaters? I have no idea at this point; but I am confident that regardless of the platform I choose to consume it in, Thor 3 will be a film to watch.

My rating: ILC heartILC heartILC heartILC heart halfish out of five hearts.


Happy Valentine’s Day

I put this on my tumblr and Twitter feeds, and just felt “What the heck, might as well post it here too.”

Happy Valentine’s Day to all, from the Little Tramp (City Lights, 1931).

Musical Interlude: Happy Birthday, Tina Turner!

Here are a few movie/music videos, in honor of the lady’s 74th birthday.

Goldeneye (Goldeneye)

What’s Love Got To Do With It (What’s Love Got To Do With It)

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome)

Happy Fourth of July, Folks!

Variety Video: Don Cheadle and Kerry Washington Talk Life in Hollywood

I stumbled upon this wonderful video today and thought I would share:

Over the course of 30 minutes, Cheadle and Washington talk to Variety about their respective careers (at one point, they chuckle when describing what they do as a ‘career’), along with the opportunities and challenges they have encountered and lastly, how they have turned the exposure their success brings to shine a light on issues they are passionate about (for better or worse).

It is an engaging exchange and reminded me, among other things, that they are former co-stars, in 2003’s The United States of Leland. I remember seeing this film around the time of its release but it is a little too far in my cinematic rearview for me to give an adequate review/recap. Check out the trailer here:

Have you seen the film? If so, what did you think about it?