For this month’s episode our hosts bring along Anthony Chatfield from the Board Gamers Anonymous podcast for a deep dive into mediocrity and unconventional sequel subtitling with Thor: The Dark World.
The discussion revolves a lot on how boring Nathan found this movie to be, especially its second half. If that doesn’t entice you to listen, what will? In all seriousness though, the guys get into the finer points of a film's craft to understand what makes this movie such a dud, and Anatole lays out why it should not color Nathan's perceptions of the genre as a whole. Also, is it OK to have nine-figure budgets for what are essentially filler films?
Thor: The Dark World carries a heavyweight supporting cast that includes Sir Anthony Hopkins (wait until you get to Nathan’s realization on that one) and Rene Russo, but they are not given much screen time in relation to the younger stars. Is this a missed opportunity, or can the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Kat Dennings do the necessary lifting?
If you are still not sold on the thought of this episode, rest assured. The sheer bafflement this movie causes among the hosts provides some hilarious tangents for them to follow. Director Alan Taylor may of kept this film’s production on the rails, but he has no say in our discussion! It may not be a cinematic milestone, but Thor: The Dark World can at least provide some humorous banter for a bunch of dorks. Maybe that is all you ask of your superhero films. If so, we got the podcast for you right here.