Friday, 25 October 2013

Thor: The Dark World Press Conference - Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston, Alan Taylor, Kevin Feige

An out of this world cast  including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston & Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston and crew including director Alan Taylor and producer Kevin Feige all landed at The Dorchester Hotel for the Press Conference of Thor: The Dark World and Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were ready to give them a thunderous welcome. Join us as the jovial actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston speak of the reprising of their roles of Thor and Loki;   Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings share their experiences on returning back to Marvel universe; Christopher Eccleston talks of his part as Malekith and filmmakers Alan Taylor and producer Kevin Feige give us an insight into what audiences may expect from this much anticipated movie.

Thor: The Dark World Press Conference  Part 1

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Thor: The Dark World Review 

Words by William McLaughlan

Thor: The Dark World expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe massively and heavily develops the relationship between part-time Avenger and full-time hero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his Machiavellian, skulking brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Producer Kevin Feige and director Alan Taylor are clearly aware of what their audience want and deliver it successfully. The tempestuous sibling rivalry grounds the film, developing a highly engaging human story within the larger, fantastical backdrop.  The film is certainly the most amusing from Marvel Studios since Jon Favreau’s first two Iron Man movies; this is heavily played up with a great sense of spontaneity in terms of the delivery of the humour. Interestingly the baddie here is the best Marvel has offered us so far. Christopher Eccleston sizzles as the twisted Dark Elf Malekith. By treating the antagonist so seriously the stakes are raised with Loki specifically becoming a substantially more complex character as a result.

Thor: The Dark World does fall short on several fronts.  Firstly the 3D is poor and unnecessary.  It was distracting and added no sense of place or depth until the final showdown between Thor and Malekith which was impressive.

Gone is the ambitious, stylish cinematography of Haris Zambarloukos, who shot the first film with its distinctive forty-five degree angle Dutch shots. This time round the filmmakers are pushing a ‘grittier’ Lord of the Rings/Game of Thrones look – one that to me felt totally out of place with the humorous, comic book story and certainly a style so over-done it felt like watching a TV show at points. The unbelievable make-up, costuming and art direction totally carry this film visually.

Ultimately Thor: The Dark World is at its best when stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are on screen. Likewise the geek in-jokes are superb and reward filmgoers who’ve watched the other Marvel Studios films. The special effects are incredible however the story slows significantly during some of the more spectacular sequences and the poor 3D is very disruptive visually.  Certainly worth catching if you like either lead or any of the other Marvel films. By the way, I’m Team Loki.

“Thor: The Dark World” opens in cinemas on 30th October 2013

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