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November 10 2013

'Thor: The Dark World' takes $86.1 million at the US box office. The movie has taken $327.1 million worldwide.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I also agree with many of the criticisms of the plot.
Going to see it with some friends in an hour, and add 15 bucks to that box office. Every bit helps. Hope it's good.

[ edited by Boto on 2013-11-10 17:56 ]
I saw it last night, I definitely liked it more than the first one.
The movie has a lot of weaknesses objectively speaking, by all means, but I was thoroughly entertained to the point of easily waving the off any issue I might otherwise have had. I'm a fairly big fan of the MCU, but this was one of their most entertaining (non-Avengers) installments so far in my book. And I wasn't expecting that.

And my bias towards any movie containing my namesake is slightly more negligible than one might imagine. Slightly.
More entertaining and better than expected. I saw the movie tuesday. I love Natalie Portman, so that was a plus as well.
I saw it and really enjoyed it. It had a really cool aesthetic, and all of the Thor and Loki scenes were just terrific. Malekith was a bit of a boring villain, but Alan Taylor has said that he had to cut a lot of stuff that fleshed him out a bit more. Out of all the Marvel movies so far, perhaps partly because of the sort of Lord of the Rings-style vibes it gives, this is the one I'd most like to see a director's cut for. Especially since Taylor seems to really want to do one.

Also, I didn't notice if Joss Whedon got a nod in the special thanks section of the credits, like he did for Iron Man 3. Anyone notice if he was mentioned anywhere?
Trentaferd: Agreed, especially on the Director's Cut -- when I heard Taylor mention those Malekith scenes, my first thought was that those sound like they would really have fixed my main issue with the film (the unnecessarily two-dimensional main villain).
I don't know if it's appropriate to post links to petitions on this site, but there is one going around for a director's cut. Alan Taylor practically suggested a fan campaign for it, so I'm hoping that enough people sign that Marvel will make an official statement about it, and maybe even make it happen.
Slightly more on topic, I wonder how much the movie will bring in before catching fire comes along. I'm definitely going to see that one, but I'm also certainly not finished watching The Dark World.
I loved it, and I went to see it twice in the space of 5 days. I actually enjoyed it more than I enjoyed IronMan3.
I saw it today. It is definitely very enjoyable, but I enjoyed the first more. I'm not a big fan of the Asgard bits from the first and the moments here, although improved from the original, were still less interesting than the moments on Earth. Unfortunately, they take up the bulk of the film this time around.

Having said that, all Loki scenes were as good as you expect. The interaction between him and Thor are wonderful and probably the best bits of the Marvel films. They still are here.

Also enjoyed the additional scene during the credits. I know nothing of Marvel comics, so have no idea what was going on, but it has me looking forward to whatever it is referring to. It felt like something out of Dr. Who!
I thought the film was a lot of fun.
I really enjoyed it, a lot more than the first Thor film. Possibly I didn't find Malekith as one-dimensional as some people because I love Ecclestone so much (Doctor Who nerd that I am)!

The final battle scene was brilliant.

Did everyone else stay for the second post-credit scene? So cute!
Vandelay, it was about the Infinity stones (that go into the Infinity Gauntlet) which has to do with Thanos. Also, it was a lead into "Guardians of the Galaxy".

Also, the Loki and Thor scenes made the movie. As soon as they started working together the movie kicked into high gear. Now that I know that they had more planned with the villain I'm curious. I also liked how that was actually cribbed from Norse mythology, about the dark elves I mean.

And the not-cameo was priceless.
I loved it, except for 2-3 short scenes where I found myself rolling my eyes but it was better than the first thor so that's good.
Loved it as well. I already thought the first Thor was great (especially due to Loki's strong depiction & character development), I'm not sure if I would agree this one was even better but it certainly didn't disappoint. Although I'm often critical of villains in comics and movies, I didn't have any problems with Malekith, his performance was strong and there were a couple of good lines to strengthen his role in the story (I especially liked how Thor questioned what would make Odin different from Malekith, with Odin providing a very unsatisfactory answer).

Loki stole pretty much every scene he was in, but Chris Hemsworth did an awesome job as well. His reflection on kingship in the end was great.
And Jamie Alexander is excellent as Sif. There weren't enough scenes with her in it. She might be the coolest movie heroine I've ever seen.

My relatively minor issues with the movie: I thought most scenes on earth in the first 3/4th of the movie were quite dull and unneccessary, and I really disliked the Dark Elves' laser weapons.

As a comic book fan, I am still wondering where in the nine worlds Balder the Brave went off to. I hope that the third movie will start with that character's return from some far-off quest. And then lead into Walt Simonson's Surtur saga. Or Frog-Thor.
I found the first half of the movie boring (Asgard is a boring fantasy setting, and characters other than Loki are underdeveloped), but I really enjoyed the second half, and the battle scene was good.

While I enjoyed a lot of the movie, I found the plot very unimaginative and dull, especially compared to Avengers, Iron Man 3, Agents of SHIELD episodes that do not take place in Peru, and the Captain America 2 trailer. Seriously, drop the Mac Guffin, the apocalyptic plot and the damsel in distress, give us a whole film about Loki and Thor, and it'll be a lot more interesting.
I'm a happy fan!

Besides some issues I have with Marvel deciding to cut Malekith's backstory from the film, and the tonal inconsistencies (the film needed to breathe more and take it's time a little to let the dramatic moments land), I loved it.

I still love what Kenneth Branagh did more (boy does he know how to direct actors), but the Thor and Loki scenes were just great. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have fantastic chemistry.

And I knew which scenes Joss wrote before I looked it up! Oh Joss, please break my heart more, will you? :P

Please Marvel, bring on Thor 3!
Really enjoyed it - hopefully the longer "directors cut" makes it to the Blu-ray release. Thought the entire ensemble delivered the goods - Hemsworth has become quite the leading man, which gets short notice given how Loki centric many of the reviews are (not that the attention there isn't warranted)

It was fun to play "Spot the Whedon Scenes" in retrospect - the cast has such great chemistry and thought they played the humor aspects brillantly
Film was good but, alas, the Marvel mythology is becoming more complex. I feel like the story is getting a way from me because I haven't read the comics (separate or combined superhero stories).

All of the Marvel movies have been good enough that I could ignore my own discomfort with not understanding something until Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. I left both movies quickly googling concepts and characters like stones and Killian.

I'm going to take steps to rectify my poor comic book education because I want to understand Joss's current sandbox. But will everyone really invest in this fairly complicated and constantly evolving universe? Can future movies be enjoyable for mass numbers of viewers not inclined to learn this verse?

It's the first time I have felt truly concerned for Marvel's bold plan.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I was disappointed in how under-utilized Eccleston was, (he's my Doctor). I look forward to his cut scenes if we don't get a director's cut. In any event, I had so much fun that I stayed to watch it a second time, though I wouldn't have done so if I'd had to pay.
I think people will always want a directors cut, forgetting that these are Marvel movies. I was listening to Kevin Feige on The Nerdist recently, and he noted that he (and the studio) are heavily involved in the pre- and post-development, leaving the production and filming to the directors. Perhaps it's not the greatest idea, but it's how these films are showrun, and you have to appreciate that, I think. Introducing alternate cuts garbles whatever coherent world-building they are doing. The last thing the MCU wants is debates about canon.
That is one of the main reasons I am interested in this petition for a director's cut. Ordinarily, I'd expect a director to have the option of putting together an extended version if they wanted to. With Marvel, it seems like they would really have to be persuaded by the consumer in order to consider allowing a director to do that. It doesn't quite seem right to me. If fans want an extended version, and the director wants to do an extended version, then it would be a huge wasted opportunity if studio politics prevented it from happening.
In terms of continuity, I wouldn't expect it to be an issue. When it comes to extended cuts (barring a LotR-esque addition of like 45 minutes), the reintegrated footage is usually extra stuff that merely serves to flesh out the world and its characters. This is something that would benefit Malekith's character, I believe. Everything else that might be added would probably just be icing on the proverbial cake.
Of course I still really enjoyed the movie, and Marvel will be getting no shortage of my money for it.
This was a great ride, and Hiddles stole the show for me like he always does, but I must say, I enjoyed the first Thor more.

Was also really disappointed that Patrick Doyle didn't do the score for this one. I missed his music.
@Hann23 - I've been filling in my comic book knowledge too! I've previously read a few (Buffy-verse bits, A Shepherd's Tale, Maus and Watchmen,) but I've never read any of the really big ongoing series. So, I've been changing that recently.

It is the DC stuff I have been reading though, namely Batman. I am currently reading The Long Halloween, having read Year One earlier this year. I also read a single Joker issue that apparently slips inbetween these two (can't remember the name now.) Really enjoying The Long Halloween, although I was a little underwhelmed by Year One. I was also given the first volume of The Sandman for my birthday awhile ago, which was really great.

A lot of the Marvel characters have passed me by to be honest. Obviously, Spider-Man and X-Men I am fairly familiar with, but the characters Joss is dealing with mean nothing to me outside of the films. I'm not sure if this is because they didn't hold as much currency outside of the US until the films or my own ignorance, but I relate the characters to their film counterparts and I think I would find it hard to read the comics without thinking of Downey Jr. or Hemsworth.

I've not really had too much difficulty following the plots of these films though. The only moments are the little auxiliary bits that aren't essential, such as the credit sequence I mentioned above. I had the same issue with the one at the end of The Avengers. The film told me this character reveal was big, but I had no idea why.

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