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Thor: The Dark World [20131120|16:17]
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I went to see Thor: The Dark World with some of my work colleagues last night. So, was it the pseudoscience that wrecked our suspension of disbelief and thus, temporarily, our enjoyment of the film? Was it the phase meters and quantum field generators? Was it the dude flying around being manly in armour and wielding a magical fecking hammer?

No. No, it wasn’t. That stuff just causes us all to piss ourselves laughing.

What ticked us off was the unnecessary mucking about with the geography of the London transport system. This is what happened. Thor gets on a Tube train at Oxford Circus. In Actual Real Bloody London as opposed to Stupidly Underresearched Magical Fecking London, this would be the Victoria, the Central or the Bakerloo line. He asks a fellow passenger, “How do I get to Charing Cross?” She replies, “This train, three stops.”

Now, if he were on the Bakerloo line, it would be two stops. If he were on the either of the other two lines, it’s minimum three stops AND he would have to change trains at least once.

Add to this the fact that he apparently arrived there in under thirty seconds and you have a whole group of Formerly Amused Scientists who have abruptly transformed into Pissed Off Londoners.

Also, the fight he was trying to return to? Located in Greenwich. They could’ve burned the entire eight minutes and more that they needed to keep that dark elf dude occupied by getting him stuck on a Jubilee line train with severe delays.

So that was the biggest problem I had with this film. Totally rational, I think, because it would’ve been so easy to correct with minimal fact-checking, whereas giving a solid theoretical explanation for interdimensional travel by manly hammer-wielding dudes would not.

(Side note: What is it with filmmakers and planetary alignment every five thousand years to bring about death/destruction/dark powers? Tomb Raider. The Fifth Element. Thor. What others am I missing? I’m sadly certain that there are others.)

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-11-21 16:25 (UTC)
Yes, yes it is. "No no, Fizzgig, you stay here."


"Oh all right, come on."
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2013-11-20 22:11 (UTC)
I enjoyed Thor 2 as entertainment, but yeah, the psuedo-science stuff was ridiculous though arguably appropriate for a silly comic book movie.

As far as London's Underground is concerned, we recently watched the Bond film Skyfall which featured it quite a bit toward the end. I found myself wondering how accurate the station stops were portrayed.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-11-21 16:33 (UTC)
So it did, I'd forgotten about that aspect of Skyfall.

I googled it, and these are the London Transport-related gaffes spotted by grumpy Londoners.

James Bond is seen driving down Whitehall in London. Behind him a number 38 bus is seen. However the 38 does not travel down or indeed particularly near Whitehall. This was probably done to show off the new Routemaster bus, which is currently only used on the 38 route.

During the scenes on the London Underground, Bond gets on at Temple station and gets off at Westminster, but Embankment, the station in-between these two stops on the District line, is nowhere to be seen.

On the District line, Temple and Embankment stations do not have two platforms between each train. They actually run side by side, and not with the platforms in between the two trains.

When Bond is chasing Silva through the London Underground system they both supposedly get on a train at Temple Station on the District Line. The train is in fact a Jubilee Line train, but with District Line route maps on the inside. The back said Elephant & Castle and the front said Wimbledon.

Bond gets on a District Line train. All the stations on the map he looks at should have the Circle Line in a box at each station. However, this is only at one.

In the chase through the Tube station, Bond and Silva both slide down between the escalators. On the London Underground this area has hard vertical signs at regular intervals, precisely to prevent people sliding down.

In conclusion, Londoners are probably unnecessarily precious about the transport network!

Edited at 2013-11-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tommy50702
2015-04-29 07:32 (UTC)
I felt the comedy in this one was far worse than any other Marvel film; I wish they would have left it out. Other than that, I felt it was a very good movie.
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