Watch Thor The Dark World Online Free (2013) or Download Thor The Dark World Movie Now. In Thor, Loki wanted to impress his father and prove himself worthy of his father, suffering from second-child syndrome on a massive scale. In The Avengers, he suddenly wanted to conquer Earth and allied himself with an alien invasion force. There wasn’t a lot of connective tissue there, and The Avengers wasn’t clear on why Loki was doing what he was doing. Was it petty revenge against Thor? Was it an attempt to save his own skin from the aliens he claimed to lead? Was he just a complete sociopath?
Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. Opening mere moments after the end of The Avengers, The Dark World tries to give us some motivation for Loki’s actions. “All this so that Loki could have a throne?” Odin demands, suggesting that Loki’s attempt to conquer Earth was really just another desperate plea for attention. It’s hardly the most nuance explanation, but it’s a better fit than anything The Avengers offered. More than that, though, The Dark World does try to offer a bit of insight into Loki and his actions, retroactively offering explanations and justifications.
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Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. Odin claims to enforce peace of the nine realms, but seems comfortable with authority and peace build built upon genocide. When Asgard is attacked, Odin is perfectly willing to spill the blood of every single one of his subjects – to order every one of his people to their deaths. There’s a sense that Loki is the product of a culture that equates authority with power, and power with might. In that context, his attack on Earth seems rather like his attempted genocide of the Frost Giants at the climax of Thor – an attempt to make daddy proud in the only way he knows how.
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Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. Thor was arguably the Marvel movie that managed to most closely capture the spirit of the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Silver Age comic book. Sure the movie might have disguised the magic and mysticism in the language of science-fiction, but Branagh’s depiction of Asgard felt remarkably true to the work of Kirby on the title, creating a palpable sense of modern myth-making and blending a decidedly sixties pop aesthetic with shades of faux Shakespearean drama. As such, it’s no surprise that Thor: The Dark World reaches back to draw on more classic comic book stories.
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Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. Again, it’s not that the scenes with D’Arcy aren’t funny and that Dennings is miscast – it’s just that the movie seems to have difficulty figuring out how to strike the right note. It’s the biggest problem with a movie that otherwise works quite well. Branagh gave Thor one of the finest supporting ensembles of any of the Marvel superhero movies, and The Dark World gives them a bit more room to work.
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Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. There is also more Loki, which makes a great deal of sense. The Dark World seems like it has been written to respond to what fans liked about the earlier films, so Loki remains a force to be reckoned with – despite serving as the primary antagonist of both Thor and The Avengers. Loki and Thor were the two ensemble players least well-served by The Avengers, with the film conveniently overlooking the impact of the finalé of Thor to get the Norse god on Earth, and being somewhat cagey on the issues of Loki’s motivation.
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Download Thor The Dark World Movie Free (2013) or Watch Thor The Dark World Online Now. Rumour has it that Malekith’s origin and motivations were cut from the film to make room for more Loki. Which feels like false compromise. After all, the massive success of The Lord of the Rings (and the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings) clearly demonstrate that there is a massive audience for a fantasy epic running over two hours. Indeed, two of the most successful Marvel movies – The Avengers and Iron Man 3 – run over two hours, so the incredible tight control exercised by the studio over the runtime of The Dark World feels a little surreal.
Watch Thor The Dark World Online Free (2013) or Download Thor The Dark World Movie Now. The Dark World isn’t a bad film, but it’s not a great one. It feels like a mish-mash of elements that work fine individually, but never gel into a satisfying whole.