Last week, on a freezing cold and very rainy afternoon, I took myself off to the movies to see Thor: TDW. Obviously, it was bound to turn up on Movie Monday at the first possible opportunity.
Due to the fact that this one's still out at the movies and people may not have seen it yet, my thoughts are under a jump cut. No one wants to be the asshat who delivers spoilers all over the place...
So. Let's talk about Thor: TDW. It definitely wasn't my favourite Marvel movie ever. Hell, it wasn't even my favourite Marvel movie from this year - that honour very definitely falls to Iron Man 3. But I still loved it, and it was still fabulous.
Let's start with the obvious (at least from my perspective): Tom Hiddleston. He was completely and utterly fantastic (stupid hair aside), and frequently stole the show whenever he was on screen. I - and, it would seem, many others - would go so far as to retitle the movie "Loki, you little shit". Every time you thought you had Loki's plans figured out, something else would pop up and away he'd go again. In addition to nefarious plans, Loki proved instrumental in Thor's fight against Malekith (at least when not on Earth), and frequently provided much needed humour. Plus, his grief over Frigga's death is pretty fabulous. There was even a return at times to the brotherly relationship that we saw in Thor, particularly in this magical scene:
Moving away from my future husband, let's talk about the female characters. I wasn't a huge fan of Jane Foster the first time around. But here, she's pretty spectacular. She plays a much more active role in the story, rather than just being the scientist who accidentally hit Thor with her car and then fell for him. Here, she's travelling to other worlds, fighting for her life, trying to keep SHIELD out of the equation, working out how to get back to Earth again, and using science to stop an alien invasion.
Then there's Darcy. Oh my God, I adore Darcy. She was truly magical from start to finish, and I kiiiiiiiiind of want a movie that's just Darcy and Loki having a sass-off. Because it would be phenomenal. Again, much like Loki, Darcy provides much needed comic relief, while also allowing the scientific side of things to be explained in layman terms. But when her boss heads off to Asgard, she doesn't just sit around waiting for Jane to get back. She sets out to work out what she should do next. Plus, the scene where she dips Ian was hilarious.
What can I say about Frigga other than that she's a total BAMF? We didn't get to see a whole lot of her in the first Thor movie other than as Odin's doting wife. But here, she gets a lot of character expansion. We see her interacting with Loki, despite his assertions that no one cares for him. We see her creating illusions. We see her being proud of Thor and getting to know the woman he loves. And we see her going down in a BAMF-tacular blaze of glory. Not gonna lie, I cried during her funeral.
And finally, Sif. We didn't get to see nearly as much of Sif as the trailer implied, but what we did see was great. She's a warrior in every sense of the world. And even though she doesn't agree with some of Thor's decisions in the course of the movie, she still helps him through to the end because she knows that they're HIS decisions.
Onto other things. Christopher Eccleston as Malekith was a pretty straightforward villain. He didn't really have to do a whole lot besides look nefarious and talk about how he wanted to destroy the universe. But he looked pretty damned menacing doing it, so I guess it's a successful casting job? The expansion of Heimdell's character was fantastic, and I would probably watch an entire movie just about him because Idris Elba is magical. Chris O'Dowd was a very unexpected but not unwelcome addition to things, and again provided much welcome comic relief after some incredibly serious scenes. And, as always, Stellan Skarsgard was magnificent, especially with a dose of the "not coping well after the Battle of New York" issues that we got to see so much of from Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. Chris Hemsworth, as always, put in a solid performance as Thor.
Add in that Captain America cameo (I LAUGHED SO HARD), Odin hanging out with his ravens (a nice touch, given that his ravens turn up in The Avengers), using science to defeat the mystical (which I think they balanced perfectly), and getting to see so much more of Asgard, and I came out of the movie unable to stop grinning. Especially after that scene on the train. Girlfriend, that is the best "sorry not sorry" I have ever seen. A+.
Plus, I got to play "Spot the person who doesn't know how Marvel works and walked out during the credits", and that's ALWAYS fun.
What did you guys think?