This is another evidence of the bankruptcy of ideas in Hollywood. Its down slide continues. It is exploiting our cinema going habit to fill its coffers now. It is like a newspaper you wait for every morning knowing it well that it contains stale news and a crap-load of paid and planted articles, features, colorful ads, and standard celebrity gossip of very little substance and relevance. It is a desolate, depressing, dark, and disgusting scenario.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD is the second film of the Hollywood superhero film franchise based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. I have not watched the first one, though THE AVENGERS also had Thor as one of the super heroes and his devious brother Loki as the key antagonist of the story. Some friends suggested that this one in not as bad as the first one.
The godly realm of Asgard is ruled by one-eyed Odin (Anthony Hopkins) now, who has a problematic and super ambitious son Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Odin condemns Loki to the dungeons for his crimes against humanity. He has chosen Thor, his adopted son, as his successor. Thor does not care. He prefers the earth and wants to lead a life of ungodly earthlings. He also has a love interest down there on the earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a beautiful astrophysicist. By the quirk of fate Jane gets infected by something red that floats in the air. It’s called Aether. It had lain suppressed between two huge stones for thousands of years and got released accidentally by Jane. It can impart inhuman powers and can even cause the destruction of the planetary system at a time all planets converge into a straight alignment. The one who suspects such possibility is Jane’s mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) who has also developed a device to stop this from happening.
Thor brings Aether infested Jane to Asgard without realizing that Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the ruler of the Dark Elves and an old enemy of Asgard, has sensed that the Aether has been released and will come after Jane to extract it out of her and gain the power to destroy the planetary system and the universe to rule over their ruins. Malekith attacks Asgard and even kills Thor’s mother Frigga (Rene Russo). Thor plans to save Asgard and also Jane. He defies his father, gets Loki released from the dungeons, and leaves Asgard with Loki, and Jane to take on Malekith. In the encounter with Malekith, Loki is killed, and though Jane is saved, the red floating power is now with Malekith who is intent on destroying the universe since the convergence of the planets is about to take place. Of course, Thor, with his loyal wooden hammer, will come in his way. Jane, her colleagues, and Dr. Erik, with his signaling contraption, will help him in the ultimate battle.
Let us have a hard look at the positives of the film. I find none, however hard I look except probably the film’s budget. It’s Rs.1000 crores. That’s mind boggling and very impressive from our standards. It’s a shame to spend so much money on a damp squib of a story and screenplay like this. Hollywood needs to consult some of our Bollywood writers to add some zingy, zappy, spicy and succulent touches to their tired and overused plot lines and dialogues.
Frankly speaking, there is nothing remarkable in the film neither in terms of its writing, nor direction, special effects, and production design. It’s off the shelf kind of a line job, well assembled, but boring and lackluster. The film does not have any surprises and is as predictable as ‘butter-chicken’, though far less spicy and blander. The actors have also delivered routine uninspired performances. They simply go through the motions. The screenplay does not offer any room to do better than that.
Rating : 2/5
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)