Thor 2: The Dark World Review


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In his third cinematic appearance, we are shown a different god than the one we have grown to know thus far. He has a responsibility to bring order to the nine realms but it is at the cost of his own social life with one still beating heart. Along with romance, Thor: The Dark World packs in world demolishing effects with mild mannered tropes sprinkled all over the place. The question on my mind, at least: Will it be better than the first?


The film opens with some background on Malekith; the leader of the Dark Elves. The Dark Elves seek to return the universe to its original state of complete darkness and Malekith has every intention of reaching that goal going so far as to wage war on Asgard. Fortunately Thor’s grandfather, Bor, is able to protect his kingdom and exiles Malekith. The actual movie picks up shortly after everything goes down in New York in Avengers; much the same way Iron Man 3 does. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been off bouncing between realms trying to get everybody on his side much to the approval of his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). He has yet to visit Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth/Midgard in order to stay focused on the task at hand; winning over the people, and becoming King of Asgard. His contention lies with his constant thoughts of Jane Foster, who has been trying to keep her own head out of the stars seeing as how it’s been two years since she had that amazing kiss with that eligible bachelor/ripped god from the heavens who up and left her without so much as a phone call. If that’s not hilariously awkward enough for you to enjoy, perhaps you can cut the tension in the family who had to imprison their own adopted son, Loki after his temper tantrum in New York.

If you are like most fans of the Marvel movie franchise, you can’t get enough of the Easter eggs,thor-dark-world-dark-elves cameos, and gentle hints that they drop in their movies. Thankfully I can report that the sequel provides all of the above and then some. There are definite tie-ins to Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but you might have to look for those. The cameos from the other Marvel films are pretty easy to spot and if you really know your stuff, you can find some unlikely appearances of well-known characters from the Journey Into Mystery, Mighty, and Astonishing Thor comic titles. As a Thor reader myself, I was particularly happy about all the Hammer Play they had going on in this movie. Not only did he use it to fly every chance he got, but he smashed some serious Dark Elf skull with it and threw it through portals in space. It always made its way back to its owner like a good little weapon of god-like proportions.


Tom Hiddleston definitely stole the show with his repeated rendition of the rotten trickster, Loki, but it must be said that Idris Elba as Heimdall can only ever get MORE amazing. He is one magnificent bastard in every role he grabs. Rene Russo doesn’t just act as a queen, she transforms herself into Frigga; Warrior and Queen over all of Asgard, but at the same time, still portrays the helm from which Loki learned his tricks. Christopher Eccleston also becomes engulfed in his character, Malekith, rendering him devoid of all other necessities besides reaching his evil goal of ultimate darkness.

With everything I loved about this movie, I can’t go without mentioning a couple things I didn’t absolutely adore. Where were my Warriors Three? They replace Josh Dallas with Zachary Levi as Fandral The Dashing. Josh Dallas did a bang up job in the first film and…well…he is literally the Dashing Prince Charming in Once Upon A Time while Zachary Levi….was Chuck. Not to say that the show wasn’t a winner, I just don’t see him as the best choice for the role. Thankfully, Ray Stevenson returns as Volstagg but he was sorely missed throughout the film. Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) gets it even worse with an accumulative 30 seconds in the movie all together, give or take. It just seems like an utter waste of some of the best characters in the Thor Comic mythos. I know, I know. I could be nitpicking, but it did set me off a little.


Overall, this was a great movie going experience. Christopher Yost (X-Men: Evolution, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Spider-Man) helped adapt the screenplay and he definitely knows his Marvel Super Heroes. Director Alan Taylor is known for his work on Game Of Thrones and it definitely feels that way with a little bit of Star Wars Orbital Gun Platform added for good measure. If you are looking for another source for much needed hints at what’s coming up in the Marvel Vault, this is the movie for you, but be rest assured, you’re going to enjoy the action, laughs, and awkward romance along the way.

I give Thor 2: The Dark World 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Thor 2: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christopher Yost , Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo , Anthony Hopkins
Genre: Action and Adventure
Run Time: 2 hours


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