Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thor the Dark World, dark heart of Loki

Today, I watched "Thor the Dark World."

This is a sequel to "Thor", one of the series of Marvel Comics movies. To say exactly, the story is directly continued from "The Avengers."

Thor is a god in Asgard, and a son of Odin. His half brother Loki had committed treason based on envy to Thor. After exiled, he attempted to conquer the Earth cooperated with Chitauri. However, his ambition was completely crushed by the Avengers. In the beginning of this film, Loki is forced to be locked in a dungeon in Asgard.

Nonetheless, Loki never extinguishes his fury. He acts rude behavior against Odin and Frigga, the wife of Odin. His words are so childish that anyone around him never admires him, except Thor. Thor always concern about Loki. Therefore, it is only him who cares about the safety of Loki when a riot happens in the dungeon.

The villain of this story is Malekith, the king of dark elves in Svartalfheim. He was awakened because Jane Foster, a scientist majored in physics, touched "Ether", a miraculous material by chance. He tries to rob her of Ether to get incredible power. Being involved in the battle, Frigga is killed by him.

To be honest, I do not think Malekith is impressive as a villain at all. First of all, he is so weak that Frigga could defeat him once. Thor struck him with his hammer and threw him away. His intention to ruin the universe is hardly understandable. In addition, his action is not attractive. Finally, he is not smart, because he could not notice the relationship between Thor and Loki until one of his subordinates suggest it.

On the other hand, Loki is described as a narcissistic, merciless, but lovely person. He always makes ironic words. His source of power is derived from inferiority complex against Thor, although he is not conscious of this. He is never beaten after several hate and threatening by the colleagues of Thor. Instead, at last, in the most serious scene, he can do nothing other than saying "I'm sorry" repeatedly. I saw his hidden sincereness at this scene.

By the way, what is the meaning of the last scene inserted in the middle of staff credit? I dare not describe the scene in detail for the readers who has not watched yet. How to interpret this scene is absolutely important to evaluate the personality of Loki. In my opinion, finally he is a man of solitude and revenge.

When it comes to the storyline, this film has several disadvantages. Some events happen accidentally. There is no opportunity for Jane Foster to show her attractiveness. The trick performed by Loki and Thor seemed meaningless. Nonetheless, I hope to watch the sequel as soon as possible.

Personal Rating: 3 (fair)

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