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