Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: THOR: The Dark World
When Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), leader of the Dark Elves, invades Asgard and threatens the peace in the nine realms, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and his evil half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), which will force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Thor is back in his own standalone flick but thankfully he isn’t suffering from PTSD like Tony Stark was in ‘Iron Man 3’, here he is a towering behemoth of a God who brings peace to the nine realms after the biforst was destroyed at the end of the first Thor film. His half-brother Loki is imprisoned on Asgard and everything seems to be calm again. Unfortunately Thor’s love interest Jane Foster stumbles upon an ancient relic which awakens the dark elves and its leader Malekith whose only mission is to put Asgard and the nine realms into darkness.
The one thing you realise from the very start is the movie has a more dark and lived in feeling which is different from the glossy appearance of the first Thor film. Director Alan Taylor certainly has brought a lot of his style from directing episodes of Game of Thrones to this his first major budget movie. It has stunning visuals, epic battles and some really inventive fight scenes, with a brawl that spans all nine realms being a standout. The comedic moments are very funny, although few and far between, with a cameo from another avenger being the funniest one.
With that being said the movie has some issues, the main one being the villain as he has no true motivation for what he’s doing and isn’t at all fleshed out. He just comes across as being evil and wanting to kill everything. Director Alan Taylor has said that some of his scenes were cut and they explained his backstory, this is probably part of the apparent in fighting between director and studio a few months ago as Taylor wanted a longer cut. This is a little weird to me as Thor: The Dark World is the shortest Marvel movie and a few minutes extra to explain something would have been a great addition.
Also Natalie Portman seems to be going through the motions, even though she’s given a good part, there’s nothing really there behind the eyes most of the time which is strange because she’s such a talented actress. The last issue with the film is, just like Iron Man 2, this feels like a prequel or setup to a bigger movie, maybe Avengers 2 which it really shouldn’t have been, you just have to look at Iron Man 3 to see how it’s done.
Everyone in the cast give it their all, except for Mrs Portman, with Tom Hiddleston being the best thing in it. All the cast get at least one scene to shine with even Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo getting great action beats. Kat Dennings is superb as always as the comic relief and Idris Elba gets more to do as well.
So this Thor sequel is a decent effort and well definitely make a tonne of money with everyone flocking to it either for the action, humour or Chris Hemsworth himself. One last thing too, stay till the very end of the credits as there are two post credit scenes which you won’t want to miss.
‘THOR: The Dark World’ is out in cinemas on the 30th of October.
Summary: Thor returns for his second standalone movie and although it has great action, wit and loads more Loki, it doesn't quite hit the heights of the previous Mavel movies, it's better than Iron Man 2 though!!!