Thor: The Dark World

Hey guys! This is my review of Thor: The Dark World, which is an overall great movie and never gets boring.

Malekith was wonderful, and Christopher Eccleston played it amazingly. The only thing I had seen him in was Doctor Who, and I couldn’t recognize him as Malekith. I was absolutely amazed with Malekith and the Dark Elves overall. The Dark Elves have a creepy manikin-like doll-ness to them, and it makes them unsettling in somehow a pleasant way. I thought they were great, and they could keep incorporating them into stories since there are also Light Elves.

Idris Elba is such a wonderful actor, and Heimdall was executed perfectly. I’m very glad he was the one who was cast in this role, and I’m even happier we saw more of him. Heimdall is an amazing supporting character and is one of those characters that just sort of makes the movie.

Lady Sif is even better in this movie, her armor looks practical, and we definitely get to see more of her being able to completely destroy in battle. We see hints that she loves Thor, but it never takes over her character or reflects negatively upon her. Sif and Thor’s banter was really great too, and I want to see more of that.

Thor is, as usual, a great character. There’s sort of a sadder vibe to him in this movie, considering he’s still getting over not being able to get to Jane, and then later in the movie having to deal with his mother’s death. All sequels get darker, but I feel like Thor’s character had a more noticeable change.

I really enjoy that they had Jane be possessed by the Aether, it gave something more to her character, but I really do feel like her character is written like too much of a love interest. I do like her character and she is Thor’s love interest, but I definitely feel like she comes off more cliche than all of the other Marvel female characters. You can’t have every character be the same, of course, but there is something off with Jane for me. I may just be the only one, but I feel like she could have been different.

Loki in this movie was even more interesting and deep than the last two. He seems less ruthless – even if he is still very demeaning – and when Odin says he will never see his mother again, there is true pain on his face. Loki is not a loving person, he is not affectionate or caring, but he loves Frigga – he loves his mother (and considering his final scene as Odin, most likely he does still cares for Thor). He will always say she isn’t his mother, but she only isn’t his birth mother. She immediately loved Loki, and took him as their son right away – there was no doubt that he was now a part of her family, whether or not he was destined to be king.

Frigga’s first moment in the movie was her being loving. She cared for both of her sons, no matter what they did, and that’s truly what Frigga is. I wish we had gotten to see more of her, considering how fantastic she is. She’s one of the best movie mothers I’ve seen, and I wish they hadn’t killed her off.

Frigga’s death is very beautiful though, and her dying so honorably – protecting her family – made it more meaningful. She wasn’t just stabbed while she just watched- she actually fought back, and we honestly don’t see that a lot. I don’t feel like she died in a cliche way. It’s an obvious trope, that the mother dies to bring emotion and character development to the main character/s, but it was such a strong and powerful scene, not focusing on how Thor, Loki, and Odin were handling it and/or crying, but instead it focused on the fact that she was gone, and going to Valhalla. (Norse mythology/Asgard’s heaven, and in some tellings, it’s mostly where their warriors went which makes Frigga’s death even more meaningful)

The design for the movie is stunning, and the details on everything is amazing. Even the chains Loki had were very detailed, and the main reason why I cried during Frigga’s death scene was because of the absolutely beautiful CGI. It was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen, honestly.

I absolutely love this movie, and I cannot wait for the next one.

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Doctor Who: 2005 –

Hey guys! This week I’ll be talking about the last five Doctors from Doctor Who; in this case, New Who.

The War Doctor, at this point, was just a plot for an episode. That’s what the War Doctor is. He is incredibly interesting, but he doesn’t make any sense in New Who. I really hope that he at least is mentioned within the twelfth Doctor’s time, because a part of the Doctor life- such a huge part too – shouldn’t just be swept aside like a companion getting new shoes.

The ninth Doctor was a great way to be introduced into this show. With Russel T. Davies in the head writing chair, it really made me feel like the Doctor truly did have compassion for everyone, but had a very deep background. Just from what he’s already done in Old Who, the one’s I’ve seen would be enough to make him how he is- and I haven’t seen a lot. I love Christopher Eccleston. He is such a great actor, and I really respect the fact that he chose not to do Doctor Who after the first season. I think if they had forced him to stay with a contract, the ninth Doctor would have started to lose what he had. He loved Rose so much, so much more than anybody else. His “dying” moment, he was truly full of love in that moment, and I think that’s what made the tenth Doctor care for everybody so much.

The tenth Doctor is my absolute favorite Doctor. David Tennant’s Doctor was a fantastic person- he had courage and bravery, but he was merciful. He was able to pull the switch when he needed to. You could tell he didn’t feel happy, or that he was glad to kill anybody, but it was what he had to do, to save everyone, so he did it. He was the most selfless Doctor, he was the most caring, most loving, most respectful for other lifeforms. He loved every companion, treated all of them like human beings and his best friend, and that’s what’s so amazing about him. He truly did think people had potential for greatness, to be amazing. As we know, the T.A.R.D.I.S. chooses the companions, but I feel like the Doctor definitely loves her choices.

I don’t feel like he would have made such an impact on me if it wasn’t for David Tennant’s acting. He did such a perfect job in my eyes. As a young child, David Tennant loved Doctor Who. He collected everything Doctor Who, and still does. He has his own action figure, which is so awesome to me. He truly loved playing the Doctor. That’s why he was so amazing. I don’t think there was ever a moment where his portrayal of the Doctor faltered. Not that I can remember, if anything.

Now, a warning, before I get into the eleventh Doctor; I really dislike Steven Moffat. In my, and an uncountable amount of other’s eyes, he comes off sexist, misogynistic, racist, elitist, and homophobic. In places it’s hard to see it, but in others it’s very obvious. I’ll try not to sit on that too much.

The eleventh Doctor had too much of a gritty feel at times, and then others it was completely the opposite. I don’t feel that they had a good mixture of the darkness and the light. I certainly feel like the female characters got swept aside too many times. They were treated like goddesses among the fans, but the Doctor himself treated them unfairly, like they were rubbish at times. The fact of the matter is, is that Moffat isn’t an amazing writer. I feel like if Moffat hadn’t been writing, I would have loved the eleventh Doctor. I feel that if he had loved his companions and showed that, not even as much as the tenth Doctor, he would have come off as a kind and caring person.

There’s a lot more issues that are hard for me to address, because this is something that really upsets me and that I cannot talk about calmly, and I know this will come off as very lazy on my part, but if you simply search ‘Steven Moffat is sexist’, you will find pages and pages and pages on the reasons how Steven Moffat is sexist, misogynistic, and all the others. Some of what you see may be worded dramatically, or with sarcastic tones, but please listen to what they’re saying. Here’s the University Study on Sexism in BBC’s Doctor Who, since there’s nothing I can say that isn’t already said in this study; http://rebeccaamoore.com/2014/05/29/university-study-on-sexism-in-bbcs-doctor-who-infographic/.

I have a lot of hope for the twelfth Doctor. Peter Capaldi is a great actor, he’s done great roles, and has loved Doctor Who since he was very young, just like David Tennant, so I feel like he’s definitely fit for this role. The only episodes I’ve been able to see is ‘Deep Breath’ and ‘Into the Dalek’, but so far it’s fairly good, stiff in places, but the acting has made me not worry about that too much and considering that the last three episodes of this season were written by women and that Peter Capaldi is really taking charge in what he will and won’t do, I have a lot of hope that things might be a lot different next season. I’m really hoping that Doctor Who’s writing room goes through a ‘regeneration’ of its own. They should definitely get women into the head writing room, people of color, and a new head writer.

So that’s how I feel about one of the BBC’s most popular television shows and it’s main character’s portrayal/writing.

Next week, I’ll review Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Have a Marvelous weekend everybody.

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