Kathy Sees Thor 2: The Dark World

by Kathy Fuller

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I’m only here for one thing, and it ain’t plane Jane.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Frank Darabont’s interview posted here on TVWriter™, stop now and go read it.

No, no, it’s fine. Really

I’ll wait.

Ah! Welcome back. Remember this part?

The other thing is, a lot of the best writing has fled to television because they don’t want it in movies anymore. Hopefully the pendulum is swinging back, but I think movies by and large have sucked for some years now because it’s all the special effects extravaganzas, and I don’t give a damn about any of the characters because there’s no writing there

I can’t think of a better quote to sum up Thor 2. The story and characters (except for Loki) were as dull as the first movie, which is why Darabont’s quote is so perfect: clearly no one gave a damn about the story or the characters when they made this movie. But of course the special effects were ah-mazing.

The lack of characterization in Thor 2 saddens me, because the potential is there. Even Loki, who wins because he’s an anti-hero here, suffers from character development. Thor is just muscles and a hammer, and Jane is as nebulous as the purple ether the cardboard villain is trying to acquire. I still have no idea what Thor sees in her.

Of course Thor 2 succeeds in it’s special effects and action. I guess that’s all that matters anymore. I’ve become increasingly disappointed in superhero movies since The Avengers–which proved that you can write a good story with great characters and still have a lot of action and CGI. While they’ve all been entertaining on a certain level, the creators should strive to go beyond that. Why be merely good when you can be great?

Then again, being great means thinking outside the box and taking a risk or two. Who in Hollywood wants to do that anymore?

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