“Thor: The Dark World”, despite mixed reviews in the early stages, is an entertaining superhero film that combines special effects, decent action sequences, and a consistent story to create an overall entertaining experience.
Many years ago, the dark elves attempted to take over the universe with a weapon known as The Aether. When the Asgardians come to stop them, their leader known as Malekith escapes, hiding the Aether in hope to try again on a different occasion. Back in present time, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discovers a gravitational abnormality that transports her to an unknown place. In doing this, she stumbles upon the Aether, which proceeds to enter her body as a host. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the events from “Marvel’s The Avengers”, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is traveling across the nine realms trying to repair the damage caused by mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). When he learns of Jane’s disappearance, he returns to Earth to find her. With Malekith closing in on Jane and the Aether, Thor must ask assistance from Loki, and the two of them, along with Jane, must gain control of the Aether in order to save the universe from destruction. This is Thor’s most perilous journey yet and he will be pushed to the limit.
A couple things that you must understand as a viewer heading in to check out “Thor: The Dark World”. First, you must understand that superhero sequels have a lot of hype going into them, but are never really comparable to the first film. Second, I highly recommend watching “The Avengers”, because this film doesn’t focus on filling you in with information that is covered in that film. If you don’t watch that film first, you will probably be lost with a good portion of the film.
Though Thor is a great character who is really entertaining to watch and is played well by Chris Hemsworth, Loki steals the show once again. Loki, the god of illusions, is one of the most interesting, controversial characters in film today. No matter how hard you try to decipher who’s side he is on, he surprises you with something unexpected. He succeeds at this greatly in this film, where his sense of deception and use of illusions is very appealing to the outcome of the film and the audience alike. Of course, the credit not only belongs to those who write his character, but to Hiddleston himself for delivering such a magnificent performance. Though underutilized, Hiddleston makes the most of his time on screen with his witty personality, providing a good portion of the comedy in the film. Thor is one of the most unique superheroes, mainly because of his tagline, god of thunder, and his trademarked hammer. It is extremely entertaining, at least in my eyes, to watch him stick his hand up and the hammer come flying towards him. He flies all around and beats down his enemies with ease, occasionally sending electricity from his hammer to destroy enemies. Chris Hemsworth has really became the Thor character and grown with it in this film. Natalie Portman also takes a step further as Jane Foster. As for the rest of the characters and cast, the writing is average and the performances are not bad. Specifically, a lot of the dialogue between supporting characters felt forced and unnecessary, which felt as sort of a time waster.
The biggest complaint of the film that I’ve heard so far is that people are lost for the first hour of the film. In reality, I thought the film actually did a good job of explaining what was happening. I thought all the scenes had a purpose and tied back to the main plot line of the film. It starts out with the past battles that led to the Aether being hidden, proceeds to Jane finding the Aether in her discoveries, and then brings Thor back to Earth to find Jane and discover that what has invaded her body in fact is the Aether that is being sought by Malekith. As long as you listen to the dialogue, you should have no problems understanding the plot development that leads into the final hour of action. On the other hand, I myself had a problem with the reoccurring destruction. Like with “Man of Steel”, action is very entertaining, but when you continuously just destroy buildings and cities with special effects, it gets repetitive and annoying. With that being said, the film is visually talented and is pleasing to the eye.
Overall, “Thor: The Dark World” is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of action films and Thor himself. If not, it is still probably worth watching to prepare for the rest of the Marvel phases that are upcoming. I’m sure the actions in this film will be referenced elsewhere in the Marvel universe. Make sure to stick around for the credits as Marvel hints at some upcoming advancements in their saga. My main knock offs for the film is not that I didn’t enjoy it, but I understand how much more they could have done with the film to truly make it an outstanding film. 3.5/5 stars.