Thor - The Dark World: Hard Forged Edition

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I really like Thor 1, imho it was entertaining and had a good story-arc with the protagonist going through a period of character-building. I really don't like Thor 2 cause it lacked any interesting story arc and all the portal-stuff was imho lame, the villain even lamer. So I'm not really the natural audience for this edit, because a fanedit, no matter how good can't completely transform a bad story into an awesome story. Still I couldn't resist to try TM2YC's fanedit of it, just to see how much it could be improved by a talented faneditor. So how did I like it? *SPOILER-WARNING*:

I spotted three big changes:
1. The opening exposition was moved to the middle: Good idea, cause that way we get to know about the villains at the same time as Thor.
But I would have even gone further and let the movie start with Jane and her date.

2. The movie's pace is quicker than in the original, shortening transitions, using less expositions: I like that.

3. The end is completely different: This is my favourite change. By not showing Loki, Loki's "death" has more meaning as well as Thor's talk with his father. That is imho the best change of this edit and improves the movie's impact for me. I also liked the end with Thor meeting again Jane, has that nice romantic touch. So two thumbs up for that new ending TM2YC!

(4. I'm unsure if it wasn't already this way in the original or not, can't remember: When Thor and his friends discuss how to bring Jane out of Asgard, the plan's details are talked about and then shown happening with little flashbacks/flashforwards. Loved it, but I'm unsure if it is TMYC's invention or already that way in the original. If the first, then kudos to TMYC!)

Verdict: I love the new ending, but still the edit doesn't completely change the story for the better. The villain is still hugely generic and lame, the portal-thing unnerving, that stuff that is the medium for that dark energy is lame.. But that is pretty much unchangeable through editing, so no fault of this edit.
But through the new ending and the quicker pace it has improved it for me.
Editing is nearly flawless, good work! My narrative and enjoyment-score is only so low because of the source's story.
For fans of "Thor 2" I can recommend this edit, especially because of the new and imho better ending!

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Very entertaining edit.
I liked that the original intro was moved to later in the movie.
I have only one minor issue with the edit and that is the ending, I like that Thor goes back to Jane but I would have preferred seeing Loki or adding the cut back to his "no, thank you" line a bit before Thor's lighting brings him back to Jane, making it seem that he transforms and says his line as Thor travels.. since it has the sense that it sets up the next Thor movie. Either way, the ending scene with Jane works very well, this edit is now my go to version of the movie.

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I enjoyed the original THOR THE DARK WORLD immensely. It was solid, if predictable, comic book formula fun.

But I must admit, I enjoyed TM2YC's version equally. I think the reordered scenes play stronger, but at the same time I felt the first act was a bit too plot driven, I think I would have preferred one or two breather scenes (the hall or Thor with Frigga).

This is definitely a faster paced, roller coaster ride edit, and it is very fun.
Video quality is excellent and technically I could find no fault with any of the new scenes, cuts or new fx. The new subtitles are excellent and a vast improvement over the original.

Great entertainment and well worth watching!
Thumbs Up! :)

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Very good edit. Agreed with all of the changes, and the picture quality/technical efforts were excellent. I would consider this a replacement version for any future viewings. I still don't love the movie, but the edit is solid and does what it claims to on the box. Well done!

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This was my first viewing of Thor 2 (skipped the theater and the BD sits untouched on my shelf) and I was fairly pleased with it. I'm not a huge Thor fan and don't think this film is all that great, but it's a fun ride most of the time.

TM2YC's editing is excellent. With only 7 minutes cut you'd assume not much work went into it. But instead of just cutting a couple bad scenes he took the time to tighten the pacing and improve dialogue throughout. All without calling any attention to itself.

Very recommended for fans of Thor 2.

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