Thor: The Dark World review
When we last saw Thor he was escorting Loki back to Asgard after yet another Earth city was destroyed at his hands, which is why it brings great satisfaction to see an Earthling cause so much trouble back on his planet in Thor: The Dark World.
The story begins with Thor’s grandfather defeating an ancient race of dark elves, who predate the creation of the nine realms. After the battle, the Asgardians seal away a fluid destructive force known as the aether so that it can’t be used to cause any more harm.
Back on Earth, Jane and her intern Darcy, who now has her own intern, are in England investigating strange energy signals when they stumble upon a place where the laws of physics don’t always apply and the link between worlds is weak. This inevitably leads to the reawakening of the almost extinct dark elves.
The name of the movie may be Thor, but it seems the hammer wielding hero still hasn’t managed to get out of his brother’s shadow and it’s beginning to look like you can’t have a Thor movie without Loki, which is only going to cause problems in the long run no matter how good Tom Hiddleston is in the role.
Loki is a much more fun character than the ever serious Thor and this time we get to see whether or not he can ever be trusted, when Thor goes against his father, and maybe his better judgement, and teams up with Loki. The new dynamic between them is much more interesting than having Loki be the villain again and offers Loki the chance to grow as a character.
Asgard features heavily in this film and there are some impressive shots flying above the city that really help to build up this world. Though after a while it’s hard not to get distracted by the fact that not a single street scene ever takes place in the beautiful bright city. This is highlighted even more by scenes on Earth that can use actual streets.
This film also sees Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster go to Asgard for the first time and helps to introduce an almost non-existent love triangle between Jane, Thor and Sif. The entire weight of this love triangle falls on Jaimie Alexander’s shoulder who manages to convey the whole thing in dirty looks while secretly wishing she’d been cast as DC’s Wonder Woman instead.
The fight scenes in the movie are pretty fun to watch, which probably comes from director Alan Taylor’s work on Game of Thrones. If any of the Marvel movies could benefit from Game of Thrones it’s Thor, even if changing director almost cost them their female lead.
Much of the comedic relief comes from the Earth bound characters. Mostly Stellan Skarsgård’s crazy Eric Selvig and, queen of the one liners, Kat Dennings’ as Darcy. Even though most of the action happens off world it seems that Earth is still the place to go for comedy, which does cause it to take some damage so it’s not completely out of the danger zone.
Chris Hemsworth once again proves that he is perfect for the role of Thor, which probably means he’s never going to be returning to Australian soap Home and Away. Though I doubt that will bother most of this Marvel fans. Thor was arguably the strongest movie in Marvel’s cinematic phase one and it looks like it’s going to be holding onto this title for phase two as well.
When the movie ends, remember this is a superhero movie you’re watching and don’t leave your seat. This one is worth the wait and you don’t want to be the one who has to watch it in bad YouTube quality.
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