CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Film Review: Forced ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Sequel Lacks Passion, Sci-Fi Basis
CHICAGO – For me and the subculture as a whole, so much of science fiction came from “Star Trek”. If creator Gene Roddenberry were alive today to witness “Thor: The Dark World,” he’d tell it to focus on being a superhero film rather than failing to dabble in science fiction.
Accidentally slipping into nine dimensional realms with no ability to control the warp feels like sci-fi peppered in for dramatic effect without any logical basis in actual science fiction. While a key plot line of this film is that nine realms are converging, sci-fi is best left for programs that have a true understanding and basis in it.
|Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “Thor: The Dark World”.|
Failed sci-fi aside, what we have here is a barely passable sequel because of the rest of what it is rather than what it fails to be. From high-budget Marvel movies, we’ve come to expect the ability to glaze our eyes over and shut our brains down as we pop popcorn in our mouth, sip on a bucket of soda and bite off strawberry licorice.
We can with “Thor: The Dark World” while being relatively satisfied that the story’s lore has been furthered since the Chris Hemsworth show two years ago. Just don’t overthink things too much – and accept this popcorn flick for all that it is – because that’s where the film will fall apart. For example, Thor can spin his hammer fast enough and fly like Superman as if it allows him to helicopter. That’s about the most ridiculous Norse mythology I’ve ever witnessed.
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