Friday, November 8, 2013
Here's what I want, said Thor: The Dark World cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau: I want a real slow tilt up Hemsworth's abs. I want the Asgardian light to be especially slanty and dramatic in this little gazebo here and I want Hemmy's pecs to look absolutely humongous. Got that? I mean I want those suckers to look huge. And I don't care if this body shot has nothing to do with the story. That's irrelevant. This is Hemmy we're talking about. So I want water from the sieve — yes, of course there'll be a sieve — to drip slowly down his beautiful cosmo-Nordic hair and face, over the mountainous (again, almost gluteal) pecs and languish in the crevices of his abs... READ MORE Sam Allard Scene
Now that's a cinematographer that knows what he's doing!
Got to see this 2nd installment of Thor directed by Alan Taylor and starring the beautiful Chris Hemsworth (see T&T Rush post) on a nice big Imax screen! The first Thor I rented after seeing The Avengers, realizing I needed a back story on Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The original was directed by heavy hitters Kenneth Branaugh and Joss Whedon, yet I wouldn't say Thor was any better served under two such respected directors. This sequel is equal, if not better.
I still have yet to see Captain America, but there is a fun cameo with that Marvel American Hero in Thor: The Dark World, which picks up two years after the first. In those two years between the melee in NY aka The Avengers and the out break of wars on and around Asgard, Thor's been too busy to see his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). I have a love/hate relationship with Portman (who shares my birthday), sometimes she can be brilliant like in Garden State and Black Swan, but when it comes to her acting in fantasy flicks like Star Wars, V for Vendetta and this Thor franchise, she's just an empty shell.
So those are my only critiques on the movie. As is my norm, I don't like to review franchise films. I like to enjoy them like a day on the Boardwalk, where you devour all your favorites eats in quick succession without a care for calories or cost.
Here's some more Thor-ing from around the web:
To bad they didn't add this into into the movie. The goat chariot would look so great on screen and a more romantic mode of transportation for bringing Jane to Asgard.
Thor was introduced into the Marvel Universe in 1962. The most valuable of these comics is the first one:
The Cain and Able type relationship between Thor and Loki is the most compelling part of the movie. Working together brains and brawn they could accomplish almost anything. It's just too bad Loki refuses to give in to that part of himself who loves and respects his half brother.
However, it's no wonder the 3rd most valuable Thor Marvel comic is the one introducing Loki:
Journey Into Mystery #85 Loki's first appearance.Thor's archenemy is also his half-brother, Loki. Always jealous of Thor, Loki is a conniving being who traps his brother through trickery time and again. This story marks Loki's first appearance in the Marvel Universe. Loki was also instrumental in bringing about the formation of The Avengers. J. Gordon The Top 10 Most Valuable Thor Comics
Special shout out to Idris Elba as Heimdall the seer and protector of Asgard's gateway in both Thor movies. Although, I think he'd be better as one of Thor's battle brigand. An odd, character-type actor like Orlando Jones should play Heimdall.
|Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures & Marvel (Virtually Yours)|
No Food in Film Moment: But I did go to the new ShakeShack across from the Regal Imax in King of Prussia and brought in a Shack Cheeseburger and Fries as Tinsel &Tine's Cinema Sneak n Snack :)
T&T Lamb Score: 3 outta 5
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