Natalie Portman

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor THe Dark World

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Director:

Alan Taylor

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth

Natalie Portman

Tom Hiddleston

Anthony Hopkins

Rene Russo

Jamie Alexander

Christopher Eccleston

Zachary Levi

Stellan Skarsgård

Plot:

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.

Review:

Thor, Chris Hemsworth, must put the nine kingdoms back in order after the destruction of the rainbow bridge and Loki’s shenanigans gave the wrong people some ideas. Once that’s taken care of he moons over his lost lust partner Jane Foster, Natalie Portman. Jane is on Earth and has waited for Thor two years with no contact. So she decides to date again and picks Chris O’Dowd, a wise choice. Sadly, science calls her away and next thing she knows she’s in another dimension and aether has infiltrated her body.

When she disappears from view and Thor is unable to get an update on her, he rushes to Earth where he is properly slapped.

Meanwhile, Loki is in jail where his mother, Frigga, Rene Russo, is the only one to visist him. She loves him, he loves her, he acts like a petulant child, and then his mother ends up dying. It’s sad, but Frigga went out like the queen she was. Loki dies, again, but not really.

So Dark Elves are a thing, they want to destroy the universe for some reason, or at least their corner of it. Thankfully, through the power of science and might they are thwarted.

Then the good stuff happens. Thor and Jane kiss, he goes back home, tells his father, who is now Loki, that he is going to stay on Earth. He returns, and you KNOW he and Jane do it. Next thing you know he’s single. So my theory is that he’s a lousy lay. It’s a sad day, it truly is, I don’t want to think it, but I really can’t come to any other conclusion. She waited years for him, finally gets him, and then dumps him. Lady Sif, Jamie Alexander, dodged a bullet. It’s just…it’s something to think about people.

Anyway, I’ve watched this movie twice, the most recent time just a few hours ago and I barely remember it. I believe there is a spell on it so that you can’t remember it. There were a lot of pretty scenes, the CGI was much better than the last Thor movie, but it dragged in a lot of places. It was much too long and that’s all I have to say about that.

2.75/5

 

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Thor (2011)

 

Thor (2011)

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth

Anthony Hopkins

Natalie Portman

Tom Hiddleston

Stellan Skarsgård

Kat Dennings

Idris Elba

Clark Gregg

Plot:

The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Review:

Thor, Chris Hemsworth, is a Norse god that’s hot headed and young, though, actually he’s not young in the grand scheme of things. Basically, he’s lived the life of privilege and hasn’t had to live through what it took to get there. He instigates a war because he can’t see the bigger picture and is punished for it.

Jane, Natalie Portman, is a scientist that believes she’s on the verge of discovering something amazing to do with wormholes. She ends up hitting Thor with her van twice and they end up having a connection. I hesitate to say a romantic connection because there was very little romance here, just one scene where he explains to her about the rainbow bridge. It’s more like an animalistic lust that I can completely understand.

Loki, Tom Hiddleston, has experienced that same privilege but when faced with the opportunity to change he doubles down on the entitlement. He has always felt the competition between himself and Thor more (shit parenting there Oden, Anthony Hopkins) and when he finds out he was “adopted” it doesn’t help matters.

The brothers react in different ways to conflict. Thor is able to learn and see that there is more to life than the glory of battle, that there is collateral damage in conflict, and sometimes beating shit up isn’t the answer. Loki learns that Thor is still a better person than he is and it fucking sucks so he’s going to do all he can to hurt his brother.

I enjoyed this movie more than the previous ones for the gif reasons I posted above. It’s shallow, I know, I don’t care. Thor is a character I like because he does show growth, especially in this movie. He learns his lesson, he was hot headed before, but it came from a good place. He learned, he inspires loyalty in his friends, he cares, and he’s fucking hot.

My main complaint with the film actually came with the end credit scene. Why was Erik Selvig, Stellan Skarsgård, chosen instead of Jane? When Fury, Samuel L. Jackson, says that they’ve been impressed with his recent work, Erik replies that he’s just working with Jane’s theory. Why wasn’t she brought in then? It was her theory, she was a genius too. The fact that Loki was controlling Erik would have worked even better with Jane since he told Thor he was going to mess with her. Googling I found that Portman had a child in 2012 so they would have had to work around her pregnancy, but they do that shit all the time, and it’s not like the role was filled with action. It just feels like a missed opportunity and a slight to the character.

4/5

V for Vendetta (2005)

V for Vendetta (2005)

Director:

James McTeigue

Starring:

Hugo Weaving

Natalie Portman

Rupert Graves

Plot:

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of “V”, plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Review:

I use to have a V doll that went through the entire V speech, including climactic music. Yeah. I’m awesome.

I’ve evidently watched too many British shows recently because Natalie Portman’s accent bugged me. Never has before so I decided to just ignore it. She’s a fine actress, but apparently her British accent needs work.

It took one man with a particular set of skills and a wide spread broadcast to motivate a nation. It’s a beautiful idea.

The feeling and the speeches, everything in this movie elicits a rebellious reaction in me. I just watched a TED talk about how the world isn’t as bad as we think and yet now I feel the desire to over throw a government.

I thought of this movie because of the recent action movie list, but watching it again I realize there aren’t that many action scenes. They’re there and pretty awesome, but the movie is about a message not about kicking ass.

It’s been a while since I’ve read the comic and all I remember is that it was pretty brutal.

5/5

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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Director:

Alan Taylor

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth

Natalie Portman

Tom Hiddleston

Anthony Hopkins

Plot:

When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

Review:

I, of course, loved Thor the original movie. I don’t know a single woman that didn’t love that movie. Yes, I liked it for more than just the abs, but they were there and I couldn’t ignore them, and they were well worth all the talk they received.

Thor: The Dark World was the first movie after the birth of my daughter that I didn’t get to see in theaters so I had it pre-ordered and had it the day it came out on blu ray.

I’ve just watched it once and my inital opinion is that it was good but I’m not sure if I liked it as much as the first. I plan on watching it a few times before I make my final decision, but for now I think it was a solid movie.

There was a slow part in the middle that I thought the movie could have done without and I figured out the ending before it happened. So probably not the best Marvel movie but definitely not the worst.

If, after a few repeat viewings, I change my mind I’ll update my review.

4/5