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There's a big difference between movie being realistic and a movie being grounded in reality. "Realistic" implies that it is trying to be a carbon copy of existence, a story that you could run into on your way to work in the morning, but "grounded in reality," means something else entirely. That's a matter of taking something fantastic and beyond what we know and implementing truths about the way we think, feel and emote in real life as to make it true. It's really what all great science fiction and fantasy stories do, and Chris Hemsworth promises it will be done in Thor: The Dark World.
The Aussie actor recently spoke with Prestige Hong Kong about the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel and in talking about working with Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor he revealed the direction that the movie will go in terms of balancing its more unbelievable elements with a human story. "Yeah, I love the way he adds an incredibly organic element to the fantastical world of Thrones, and I think that’s what Thor could benefit from," Hemsworth said. "It’s grounded in reality, no matter how mythical or science-fiction-like it becomes there’s a truth to it all." He added that while the central characters of the movie are from a distant world far beyond Earth, Taylor's idea is for us to still understand where the characters are coming from emotionally. "Certainly, working with him now, you can see he doesn’t want Thor or the Asgardians to seem like some distant race or god-like. He still wants them to be relatable."
For those that have been following the news this morning, this is actually the second time we've heard something along the lines of "grounded in reality" as the director of the upcoming Godzilla reboot was quoted this morning saying, "I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film." I've read a lot of people complain about this, but I'm not entirely sure why. Do we just want shallow entertainment? Should people be making films with unrelatable characters and stories that audiences can in now way connect to? That sounds horrible to me.
Featuring many returning stars from the first film as well as newcomers such as Christopher Eccleston (as Malekith the Accursed), Adewale Akinnouoye-Agbaje (as Algrim/Kurse), Clive Russell (as Tyr) and Zachary Levi (taking over for Josh Dallas as Fandral), the new sequel is written by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and is currently in production. The official plotline has not been announced yet. Thor: The Dark World will be in theaters on November 8, 2013 and you can read more about the movie in our Blend Film Database.