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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thor:The Dark World (spoiler alert)

Yes, we love movies.  Big Important Movies vying for an Oscar.  Classic movies we've seen 1,000 times.  Blockbusters that are mindless and fun.  Musicals.  Cartoons.  Movies.

And so after seeing the very serious "12 Years A Slave",   the next film to entertain us was "Thor: The Dark World", yet another Marvel Comics production.  another slice of Stan Lee's genius.

Stop here if you don't want to read any spoilers.

I'm even going to discuss the "Easter Eggs".

Yes, there are TWO Easter Eggs.  Considering that's been Marvel's habit of late, you can't really say you're surprised.

So the movie alternates between the grandiose, Shakespearean world of  Asgard and modern London.  In Thor's realm, the evil Malekith and the Dark Elves seek to destroy Asgard and all of the other realms, including Earth.  Somehow Jane Foster of Earth literally gets sucked into this situation and must be rescued by Thor.  Thor must eventually reunite with Loki to defeat the Dark Elves and rescue the universe from darkness.

The humor comes from the juxtaposition of the two worlds, ours and Thor's.  Loki teasing Thor about his companions at SHIELD suddenly morphs into Captain America.  In the middle of the final battle with Malekith, Thor finds himself taking the London Underground three stops back to Greenwich .

Easter Egg number one sets us up for another movie...I'm thinking Guardians of the Galaxy.

Easter Egg number two...throughout the movie you can see the Jane/Thor romance developing.  But they never kiss.  In the Easter Egg....

Well, it was very satisfying.

Before the movies we saw previews of the next Hobbit installment, X-Men and Captain America.  Looks like we have a lot of fun movies to see in the coming months!

I should mention....we saw the movie at the Regal United Artists Westbury Stadium 12.  We see a lot of  blockbusters at that theater, usually in IMAX 3d.  But we saw this movie in Regal's newest format, RPX.  The technology is new to Long Island, the theater had that "new car" smell.  I liked the new format.  Screen was larger than the IMAX screen, the real 3D picture was sharper and clearer.  The sound was incredible.  Seats were comfortable.  And the ticket price is slightly less than IMAX, at least for now. 

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