Thor: The Dark World - Converged Edition

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I can't believe it has been almost nine years since it was released. Most parts of the original movie were lost to me completely. So, it's nice to have a new watching+ experience.

I love how significant runtime is set in Asgard (Of course, it is always wonderful for more Asgard). We were able to see and learn the culture of Asgard. More screentime for the Warriors Three and Lady Sif is always a yes. Loki's ascension illusion is also very well placed. All Asgardian primary character is well developed. We could see the sadness when the queen passed away.

Malekith shown as a borderline psychopath with w intention is to bring darkness to the world. This is great, I like how the villain is truly evil. I don't want to sympathise with a crazy maniac.

The final battle is better paced—more clarity to what happened.

Is the ending changed? The movie is so much better than the theatrical version. And it connects nicely with the rest of the MCU.

This movie is the faithful Thor The Dark World is supposed to be. Anyone who has never watched Thor The Dark World should watch this version instead.

Tips: don't ever watch the original movie again. Watch only Thor The Dark World Converged Edition. It will make you love Asgard, which in turn will make you appreciate other Thor movies even more.

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A much more complicated edit than Bobson's extended editions of MCU films, and he mostly pulls everything off. My thoughts on the film in general are here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/thor-the-dark-world/
For this edit in particular, I have to bring up some of the feedback in other reviews...
I did not notice any audio issues, hard cuts, repeats, etc. Possibly they had a problem downloading the file?
The restructuring of the beginning makes perfect sense. Not only does it clear up the narrative here, but avoiding introducing Thor is a perfect thematic choice. This is a sequel, not a standalone film. The last film ended with Thor being cut off from Earth, and we should feel his absence. Here, we do.
The added scenes fleshing out Asgard through Jane are very welcome. Bobson does a great job getting around unfinished effects, and this both strengthens Jane's character, helps build the romance, and makes Asgard a more fully-realized world.
Not all the scenes are added though, and what IS added is sometimes only partially so, or with other bits cut. One questionable choice for me was in cutting Malekith's "Kill her!" order when confronting Frigga with Kurse. This made the scene play jarringly to me, as it seems that they're getting what they want and then a major character dies with no explanation. It veers into "fridging" and isn't fulfilling.

The alternate ending: (SPOILERS) - Bobson states that this makes the film match better in the MCU after the events of Ragnarok. It's certainly true that Ragnarok made it hard for Thor to fit with the other movies. The ending here is a much better explanation of why Thor and Jane aren't together than just Ragnarok's "we broke up" pithy joke. HOWEVER, it still doesn't really fit because Bobson cut out the throne room scene with "Odin". I think to truly patch up the plot holes, you need to include bits of both. Here, Bobson shows Thor coming back to Asgard and implies him taking over leadership there (presumably to be coronated shortly after). He says "Let's begin!" while looking over his faithful Asgardians. When next we see Thor, he's in Age of Ultron, where he's been helping the Avengers chase down Hydra. Whuh?? Or if you just skip ahead to Ragnarok, then we're back to Thor being gone a really long time and "Odin" building statues to Loki and making big changes while he was gone. How do we get from the "Let's begin!" ending to that?? I think the only way this works, is if you cut the two endings together so that Thor both turns down the throne to go protect Earth, but also has Jane say they can't be together. And that throne room conversation works a lot better if Loki has already changed into Odin, lending a lot more delicious subtext to the scene since Thor doesn't realize who he's talking with. Moving that to some kind of end credit stinger is unnecessary and takes away from this scene.

So all in all, I don't think the ending quite works as well as Bobson wants, but the rest of the film is definitely the best version yet. It also skirts a running issue with Bobson's releases, which is a lack of any subtitles when people aren't speaking English. Reworking those and hardcoding them is VERY appreciated! This ends up as a shelf-replacer for The Dark World, despite the ending not totally working. Thanks again for all the inspired work, Bobson!

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This was a great edit, I loved everything about it. Makes you wonder why this was not the version they put out.

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A truly splendid edit of a very underrated movie. It definitely deserved more love and Mr Dugnutt gave it to it. All the added scenes definitely make for a more interesting story and even some of the smaller unfinished bits end up being very enjoyable due to the strength of the acting.

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I am not as eloquent as the rest of the reviewers and can't say more or better.

All I will say is that fan edits like this make me MAD that the original bones of a good movie were recorded and scrapped in favor of the theatrical release. Bobson does yeoman's work to include the necessary scenes to make this movie undoubtedly superior to what we got from DISNEY! I always watch these and hope that someone working with these studios watches them as well and takes notes in the editing room.

No complaints besides a few minor things that were mentioned in other reviews, but nothing to detract from the perfect score.

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