Thor: The Dark World

Marvel’s second film of the year, is the much anticipated sequal to 2011’s Thor. That film made Hollywood stars out of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Can this film hold the same magic?

A year on from the events of The Avengers and events conspire to bring Asgardian Thor and human scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) together again. When the new villians the dark elves have a plan to destroy the world Thor is forced to team up with Asgard’s latest prisoner, his brother Loki (Hiddleston).

At first the signs seemed troubling. It’s such a slow start you wonder if the magic of Thor left with its previous director Kenneth Brannagh. The dark Elves are sleep inducingly dull and it looks like most of the film will be set in Asgard-it doesn’t look promising. However such fears are pushed aside after the story kicks up a gear, bringing Jane into Thor’s world is a fanatstic idea, and it’s interesting that that she adapts to Asgard quicker than Thor did to Earth.

Although the title has ‘dark’ in the title and indeed there is more at stake in this follow up than the last one, the filmakers haven’t forgotten to bring the fun back for the sequel.

As you’d expect Hiddleston is brilliant as Loki, the sarcastic, conniving brother of Thor, always one step ahead with always a Plan B in place. He is a great foil to Thor, his deviousness and trickery clashing with Thor’s physical strength and compassion. It’s also great that the -well deserved- popularity of Loki (and Hiddleston) doesn’t overwhelmed the film. This is still Thor’s movie. Hemsworth is more confident everytime he steps into Thor’s amour and it’s great to see the character development continue from the first film. Consider Thor’s actions from the beginning of the first film to the end of this movie, it’s a nice little journey to watch the character go on. I was also glad to see the return of Jane’s team with Darcy (Kat Dennings)and Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) providing a lot of the laughs, and also, along with Jane, proving their worth in the field when needed.

Unlike Man of Steel which clearly ran out of steam before the last battle scenes, the climactic fight in Thor is fantsastic. Director Alan Taylor is confident enough to seemlessly flow from dramatic action to high comedic moments, indeed some of the film’s funniest jokes are placed right in the middle of the fights, not many films are brave enough to do that-or do it so well.

Rating: 4/5- don’t be put off by the slow start, Thor is back to show why he’s the number one ‘god’ in the Marvel Universe

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11 responses to “Thor: The Dark World

  1. Good review Lauren. Such a fun, loud, big and action-packed movie, that it was almost too hard to be disappointed by the fact that this is only one Marvel superhero, rather than the whole gang.

  2. Wonderful review, very well written and totally spot on. I had a lot of fun with this film. I thought it was better than the first film, however there were still aspects I preferred from the first one.

    What I really liked was how much more of a fantasy/sci-fi vibe the film had over the original and how it didn’t feel like a conventional superhero film. Also I think besides the visual effects, the best aspect is the relationships between the characters. Thor and Loki stand out the most, their banter, squabbling and overall on-screen chemistry is incredible.

    I think the things that disappointed me was the lack of Sif and the Warriors Three and also the lack of Thor just throwing down like a badass like when he took on the Frost Giants in the first film. Otherwise Thor: The Dark World is a great film.

    • Thanks. I’m glad they kept the humour in this film as that was one of things I enjoyed about the last film. I liked the focus on the relationships. Loki and Thor were great as always. I also enjoyed Odin and Thor as it was a nice comparison to how they’ve chnaged since the first film and how far Thor has developed since then.
      I wanted more of Sif and the other Asgard characters too but I guess it may have been too much to fit in which is a shame-maybe they’ll be in the deleated scenes on DVD?

  3. Great review. I enjoyed the build-up as well as the climatic action scenes. That’s a good point about Jane adapting more quickly than Thor on earth; she was used better in the movie than I expected. I’m glad there wasn’t a love triangle story line with Sif that was hinted at in the beginning. I can’t get enough of Loki, he stole all his scenes! 🙂

  4. Tom

    Terrific review Lauren, sounds like you enjoyed this a bit more than I but it was still good fun. I guess I’m just not a big Thor fan really.

    • I do enjoy Thor (and Loki), as well as Marvel films in general-except for Iron Man 2. I just hope they can keep up the quality considering how many films they’ve got planned.

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