So, unlike the editor, I originally felt that this iteration was the weakest of the first 2 phases of the MCU. While he claims to have just "massaged it" a little, his reworking of the time line and removal of the weak humor and weird characterizations (Loki, looking at you kid) took this from a grudging 6 to an easy 9. A fantastic edit that I think the editor is far too demure about in his descriptions. The editing is flawless to my eyes and ears, and the additions and subtractions all make this a better film than it was. The reordering is the biggest prize though, making a needlessly convoluted plot as simple and straightforward in the telling as it is in its actual contents. Definitely amazing!
In my personal quest to find out the right fanedits to fully enjoyed the whole (most of it) MCU I happily encounter Thor - Dark World: Hard Forged Edition and it is absolutely a vast improvement over the theatrical version. I watched this film 5 years ago and I felt it as a missing opportunity - I got pretty bored with it. This edit brings cohesion to the MCU and subtly introduces the first of the infinity stones. Moreover, it helps to increase resonance to Thor's feelings in Endgame installment when the god of thunder returns to Asgard. So, this edit is worthy to be revisited and from now on my to-go version of this movie.
Here, the audio/video edition is seamless and the narrative is significantly improved just re-ordering the scenes. This is masterfully achieved by TM2YC. I would like to justify my lower score in the remaining fields. Audio/video quality is good but not superb in the MP4 (HD) format. It will be a nice upgrade if a better version is released. Especially, some scenes in Asgard suffer much from poor CGI which is more notorious in this edit compared for example to the Blu-ray version. In terms of audio, 2 channels are provided. Finally, my enjoyment was not higher due to the source material itself (nothing to do with the faneditor).
I really encourage to watch this edit and enjoy what TM2YC has achieved with imo a very poor source material.
I think I am the only person I know who actually liked the theatrical release of The Dark World. I'm constantly defending it, even sometimes when I shouldn't, just so people will give it another watch and see if it surprises them. But this... this Hard Forged edition is truly the definitive version of the film for me going forward. Usually, around halfway through the original cut, I get bored, but watching this edit, I was never bored.
Thank you, TM2YC, for creating a film that is truly worthy of the MCU. It will make a fine addition to my collection.
Never has a film been so legitimately improved by a fanedit until now. This edit is beyond what I've come to expect from faneditors, legitimately going out on a limb to understand the intent of the filmmakers completely rather than going out on a limb to reject them misguidedly. THAT'S what makes this edit stand apart as THE GREATEST FANEDIT OF ALL TIME.
Alan Taylor has spoken of how his film was ruined in editing by Marvel, in favor of focussing on action rather than theme. The theme of this movie is now so clear to me: convergence. The convergence of people who are separated, as exemplified through the character arc of Thor and Jane. Their arcs start occurring on two different worlds, as we cut back and forth between them to emphasize that they are separate. But when the convergence happens, their character arcs unite into one, as they are re-united.
Before, this was made totally unclear by Marvel's ham-fisted editing. They were so eager to make sure the film put action first that they sacrificed this carefully mapped out thematic arc completely. Thus instead of opening with Loki, thus beginning Thor's half of that arc, they chose to open the film with an action prologue that had almost nothing to do with that theme at all out of context of where it actually was in the screenplay. Little mindless tweaking like that make it totally unclear what the meaning of the film was!
By re-ordering the film back to the order Alan Taylor actually intended it to be presented in, and with much longer sequences at each location before cutting to another one, we are more able to feel the contrast that Alan Taylor intended between Asgard and Earth both narratively and tonally. This contrast is part of what helps the theme! Even the different narratives are separated until they converge!
Ideologically profound subtext like this in a Thor film would have flown over my head forever if this editor did not completely restore Alan Taylor's vision. Not only is it entertaining at the very least, as it was in the original edit, but now the entertainment is deliberate towards some larger takeaway. This is by far the greatest fanedit of all time for that reason, and I highly suspect it will be for years to come.
Bravo, Take Me To Your Cinema.
~Silver Screen Samurai~
This edit does a very serviceable job cleaning up the original film, which was somewhat bland. The rewritten dialogue for the villains is a fantastic touch, but there is only so much an edit can do with the source material. I would give visual editing a 10, however there editing fixture that confused me if only momentarily. The hiccup I write of is in what seems to be the middle of a scene it fads to black, only to return back to the same scene.