Star Trek Into Darkness (2013 - May)
Thor : The Dark World (2013 - October)
I originally had this idea way back in May when Star Trek Into Darkness came out, however a lack of Thor stills made it pretty difficulty and I quickly gave up.
But after seeing Thor: The Dark World on Wednesday night, i was inspired to try it again.
Overall i thought it was another enjoyable installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It started off quite slow with a lot of exposition and didn't really hit it's stride until Thor and Loki teamed up. After that there were some epic action sequences, including a fight between Thor and Kurse that would give Man of Steel a run for it's money. Tom Hiddlestone outdid his previous performances and was at the heart of a few genuinely tense moments.
I was disappointed at how little screen time Malekith was given, as there was barely any insight into his character. Apparently a lot of Malekith scenes were cut due to running time. However I think this could have been overcome by tightening up the introductory earth based scenes that led Jane to the site of the anomalies. The dating sub-plot was totally unnecessary and the addition of Darcy's intern not only wasted time but also highlighted how her character's existence has to be justified.
I also wasn't too keen on the direction they took Selvig, although i'm not sure if this was purely based on concept or the execution. With a bit of rewriting he could have easily started the film back working with Jane and Darcy, instead of wasting time getting the team back together during the movie. This would have given Darcy someone to interact with while Jane was in Asgard, and removed the need for Ian the intern.
The final action sequence seemed a little clunky as it jumped from one location to the next. Plus I also felt the humour in the final sequence was a little too much, especially from Darcy. I had a few other personal nit picks, but i guess that was just me just wanted it to live up to my rather high expectations.
One of my biggest disappointment was with the 3D, as i was excited to see the nine realms in all their glory. However it was rather underwhelming, and the depth of field effects were quite distracting during some dialogue scenes. This was especially disappointing as I still think the original Thor film had some of the best 3D I've seen. Asgard, and especially the rainbow bridge looked stunning.
The mid credit scene was quite odd and I immediately felt that something was not quite right. The costume design and make up for the characters seemed pretty amateur, almost as if they had plucked a few cosplayers of the street. However it turns out that the scene was quickly filmed in a few hours, which explains the look but seems quite out of character with Marvel's usual foresight. Despite this I still appreciated the scene as it confirmed what I already knew regarding the future of the MCU.
Despite all this, the positives definitely outweighed the negatives, including an awesome cameo that i had absolutely no idea was coming. For anyone interested, i would definitely encourage you to go see it.