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5 Thought on Thor: The Dark World
1. Count me among the people who were not OVER THE MOON about the first Thor. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I dug it. It was great. It was awesome. But something about it didn’t really sit with me. Mostly, I enjoyed Loki as the villain and the fish-out-of-water arrogant, brashness of Thor on Earth. That’s why it’s so confusing to me why Thor: The Dark World ALSO didn’t send me over the moon, being that everything I kinda wans’t all about in Thor, was sort of remedied here: bigger and better action sequences, a cast around Thor that not only had more to do, but actually had some genuine character moments, and less focused on Odin and the father/son thing that while effective, never really hit close to home. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that while Thor 1 was mainly focused on the story of Thor, Thor 2 was focused on so many things, that I felt the central, most weighty parts got short shrift in exchange for a bad ass action scene. This isn’t to say I didn’t like it, I loved it. But I had no idea what kind of emotional through line, or overall sentiment I was supposed to take away. The one thing you can say is that under Kenneth Branagh’s direction, there was definitely an overarching emotional theme to the first Thor movie. Here, directed by TV’s Alan Taylor felt more fun, quick paced, but unquestionably more like a great multi-episode arc of a premiere TV show (i.e. Game of Thrones) than it felt like a grand epic film.
2. It’s funny, because Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 (and presumably to a certain degree, Cap 2) are all movies trying to establish the characters as movie franchises that don’t hinge on your insane, obsessive knowledge of the Marvel Movie Universe. This is totally understandable, being that these movie franchises will in some way continue to be made, regardless if the Marvel universal structure in some way collapses in the future; and they need to be able to appeal to new and dedicated fans alike. But it’s amazing how much a little bit of lip service pays off, in showing that the characters are connected to something bigger. I felt like Iron Man 3 turned the ship hard right away from any kind of further universe building, while Thor was happy to let the ship skim by the glacier, whether it was a well-placed (near movie stealing) cameo, or the more concrete mentions of New York and the fact that Thor is known in Earth as a sort of BAMF hero. It’s a very subtle distinction, but Thor did it better.
3. Kinda bummed that Sif, who was all over the previews, didn’t really… DO much in this movie. She’s such a great character from the comics, and I thought that it was an obvious choice to make her, a sexy ass kicking lady, more of a central focus of the movie. I guess it’s good that they steered away from a love triangle kinda thing (snore!), but I wanted more. In fact, I wanted more from all the Warriors Three. But what can you do. There’s only so much time.
4. Did anyone else get a really heavy Star Wars feel? I made the joke that it was the best prequel movie out of all the prequels. But even the sounds and looks of the lasers during the siege of Asgard; or the look of the Dark Elves had a very stormtroopery feel to it. Also, what a waste of Eccleston as Malekith. The movie did a great job of establishing him as a clear danger, but man… he really wasn’t much more than that, was he?
5. I’m not sure what to think of Thor 2. Maybe I need to see it again. At times it’s funny, emotionally powerful, and adrenaline-surging bad ass. These are all awesome things, that the movie actually executes very successfully. But I’m not sure how they all fit together. I think it’s a movie of AWESOME stuff in it, that adds up to a pretty to really good movie. But again, with a Thor movie in November, that’s actually not too bad. I’d take that anyday.
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston dressed as each other’s characters at a Breaking Bad cast party.
punning should be an olympic sport please hear me ancient greek gods and make it so
Oh D-Trix! How I miss you and ABDC! The best thing is he can make those same faces while spinning on his head. #myhero
I honestly heard this playing out of some douchey clothing store in Vegas, and it stopped me in my tracks. I think it’s really, really beautiful…
My new album is now officially out! Pre-orders just got shipped, so check yer inboxes! Full roll out tomorrow!
JUST GOT OFF A PLANE TIME TO GO TO SLEEP HAHAHHAAHHAHAHA
TOMORROW, my new album, The Middle of Nowhere, comes out. It’s an album that I wrote over the past year of my life, describing the frustrations of having no idea where to go next, that full transition from that thing you love into a job. It’s an album that I wrote during a time of a lot of turmoil in my personal life. It’s an album ostensibly about broken people, and how lonely that brokenness can feel being around people so much. It’s also an album about Batman and X-Mens and stuff.
It’s the first album I’ve made where I employed the use of multiple producers, people I’ve been really lucky to work with. People like Rocky O’Reilly formerly of the indie pop band Oppenheimer; Greg Alsop, the drummer for Tokyo Police Club; Danny Baranowsky, known for his Super Meat Boy soundtrack; c64 of Dual Core; and other homies like Vince Vandal, Mikal kHill, DJ Empirical, and JFX316.
The album features the amazing talents of my friends MC Frontalot, Louis Logic, Schaffer the Darklord, int80 of Dual Core, and Tribe One. It features the singing debut of one of my best friends, Amy Gregory. And it features a special introduction written by, and performed by James Urbaniak, actor and voice of Dr. Venture from the Venture Bros.
You can pre-order it now at my Bandcamp site, or order a special digipack CD version, which I’ll send to you with a sticker. Or y’know, you can wait one more day and just get it then.
I hope you’ll consider buying it. Not only am I really proud of it, but also because selling albums is the one of the ways I make money, stay in business to keep making you more free music, and so on. This album was also the most expensive album I’ve ever made, and recouping the costs would be very helpful.
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the record. I’ll be on tour supporting it in your area, probably pretty soon.
Thank you for helping me continue to make music for you.