November 9, 2013
Uneven, Great Visuals, Entertaining
The movie had great visual artistry, great costuming, and (unlike the first Thor movie), great makeup in every respect. In general the special effects were very well done, if no longer groundbreaking technology. The acting was less than consistent and the story telling was a little weak, even for action adventure fantasy like this. But heck, the fight scenes were fun, and when the scenes worked, they worked very well. My son commented that the story felt rushed, and I agree -- it was as if connecting and linking scenes had been left on the editing floor to the overall detriment of the movie. The movie was worth watching if you are a fan of the genre, as my son and I both are, but won't persuade anyone who isn't to become a fan. So -- "Good" rating for fans, who will accept a lot of lack of greatness, "So-so" for all others.
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