Thor: The Dark World
2013, Walt Disney Studios
Still so weird to me that Disney has owned Marvel Comics for a number of years now. As if the House of Mouse wasn’t powerful enough before that and let’s not even get started on them owning Star Wars! I’m waiting for Patton Oswalt’s fanfic to actually come true some day. It will not surprise me at all to see Disney try to pull off some type of Marvel/Star Wars thing years down the line once the next Star Wars trilogy gets established.
All that aside, I went to see Thor: The Dark World on opening weekend. Nowhere near as good as The Avengers, not as good as Iron Man 3 but it was definitely better than the first Thor movie. Thor has always been an interesting character to me. In the comics, at least. I feel like the movie version has been perhaps a bit too serious and wooden but whether that’s the fault of Chris Hemsworth or the writers, I don’t know.
Even though I said Thor is interesting, he’s a character I’ve never cared about him in a solo setting in the comics. Like Iron Man, he’s far better off with the Avengers, playing off the various personalities of his teammates, rather than being left on his own delivering internal monologues. I think this holds true when it comes to the movies as well. Yes, they’ve done a wonderful job with Loki in the Marvel movies but Thor just isn’t the guy to carry a movie on his own past B-movie status. But hey, visually, the movie looks really good. Most of it takes place on Asgard and not in the boring desert like the first movie did.
Some movies are theater-worthy, others are rental-worthy. I like the movie but I think it’s definitely something more deserving of a rental rather than spending $10 or whatever at the theater on it.
By the way, I’m really thinking Jaimie Alexander (who played Sif) would be PERFECT to cast as Wonder Woman should Warner/DC ever get their act together and give us that movie.
Speaking of DC Comics…
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns [Deluxe Edition]
2013, Warner Home Video
Buy the deluxe edition at Amazon.com
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is based on the classic Frank Miller story that was published back in 1986. It was originally released on video in two parts. Part One was released in September 2012 and Part Two was released in January 2013. The deluxe edition combines both parts and was released in October 2013. After 1998’s Batman & Robin movie but before Christopher Nolan came along, TDKR was on tap to get the live-action treatment but plans fell through.
I remember being at my local library back in 1993, checking out a bunch of graphic novels and the guy running the checkout counter gave me a copy of The Dark Knight Returns that he said had been sitting in lost & found for awhile. I always thought that was really nice and cool of him to do. As someone who works at a library now, maybe I can some some little boy’s soul in that same way someday. I hope that didn’t come out wrong.
It’s not until I watched this movie that I realized just how great of a story this is. I’ve never been a fan of Frank Miller’s art, so even though I read The Dark Knight Returns a few times, I never thought it was as good as comic book fans claimed it to be. It’s considered one of the greatest Batman stories of all-time, if not one of the greatest comic book stories ever.
The movie perfectly captures the vibe of the comic. The art takes inspiration from Frank Miller but is much more accessible to me. The voice acting is tremendous and that’s usually par for the course when it comes to DC’s animated movies. It’s always tough to swallow anyone other than Kevin Conroy in the role of Batman (I’m looking at YOU, Batman: Arkham Origins!), but Peter Weller does a great job playing an older Dark Knight.
Clocking in around 2.5 hours, you may need to watch this in two parts but it’s definitely one of DC’s best animated movies and probably one of the best Batman movies ever made (including live-action).
2013, Universal Pictures
Buy it on Amazon.com
I’m a Ryan Reynolds fanboy so despite poor reviews, I watched this one on DVD recently. What can I say? He’s just so darn likeable! I usually make it a point to see most of his movies.
I’m not familiar with the source material that is published by Dark Horse Entertainment but if you’ve seen Men In Black, you’ve seen R.I.P.D. Seriously. Replace the aliens with dead people and that’s it. I never liked Men In Black but I’m not a Will Smith fan either. R.I.P.D. on the other hand, while average, I thought was an okay waste of 90 minutes. The story is weak and fluffy but both Reynolds and Jeff Bridges play their roles well and Kevin Bacon always makes for a great bad guy. Certainly not a bad movie but not one really worth going out of your way for either.