Thor: The Dark World

by Kevin Taft

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday February 19, 2014

Say what you want about the much-anticipated sequel to Marvel's "Thor," but "Thor: The Dark World" is a dazzling looking space opera. It might not seem that way since it's a superhero film and sequences do take place on present day Earth, but it really is a space saga unlike anything we've seen since the mid-80s. It's like "Krull," but good.

While "Thor: The Dark World" furthers the Asgardian mythology, it also feels a bit overstuffed. It's fun to watch, but there is a point where you check out and kind of want it all to be over. Where the first one was fairly linear and a concisely told story, this is on the "sprawling" side which makes sense since director Alan Taylor comes from the "Game of Thrones" world.

That said, Chris Hemsworth studs it up as the conflicted hero, Rene Russo gets to kick ass (well, her stunt-double does), Portman gets to act all science-y, and Tom Hiddleston gets to add even more to his fan girl and boy fantasies. He's the ultimate bad boy for nerds.

The Blu-ray disc looks and sounds as terrific as one would expect. The Special Features are appropriate, but not totally surprising, except for the latest Marvel One-Shot short film which hints at an interesting future plot line for Ben Kingsley's Trevor Slattery who appeared in "Iron Man 3."

For Thor fans and Marvel First Wave purists, this is still a must to purchase; for everyone else, renting it is just fine.

Special Features:

  • Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King (14 minutes): A short film directed by the co-writer of "Iron Man 3" Drew Pearce that hints at more to come from Ben Kingsley's Trevor Slattery.

  • A Brother's Journey: Thor & Loki (32 minutes): A two-part look at the relationship between the characters of Thor and Loki as told by cast and crew.

  • The Dark World Audio Commentary: Director Alan Taylor, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and actor Tom Hiddleston discuss the film - probably a bit flatly, but fairly interesting for fans nonetheless.

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (8 minutes): Six scenes are included that feel like they should have actually been included in the film. There's also an alternate take of the fan-favorite morphing scene where Hiddleston actually plays the Captain America role.

  • Gag Reel (4 minutes): The always amusing gag reel.

    These special features were not included in the review disc, but exist on certain releases.

  • Scoring Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler (5 minutes) A look at how composer Brian Tyler scored the film giving themes to each of the characters and worlds.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Exclusive Look (4 minutes) A preview look at the latest Captain American film, due out in April.

    Thor: The Dark World
    Blu-ray + Digital Copy- Single Disc

    Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.