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Thor: The Dark World Review

Thor: The Dark World is a smashing good time at the movies. It’s slow out of the gates with getting the setup out-of-the-way giving the audience the 4-1-1 on who this evil dark elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is and his motivation. Which in short is to turn the universe back to what it once was; a dark vacant space of nothingness that the dark elves ruled.

In order for Malekith to be able to do this deed he needs to wield the power from the liquid known as Aether and wait for all nine realms to align. This happens ever 1,000 years.

The villain in this movie didn’t have any deep motivations or character development. Pure and simple he was evil and I’m totally fine with that. This movie excelled in other areas where the villain just wanting to destroy for the purpose of destroying did not detract from the overall quality of the movie.

This leads me to Tom Hiddleston (Loki). This man is a fine actor who quite literally stole every scene he was in. The pure charisma and energy he exerts is a joy to watch. I have no doubt that one day he will win an Oscar for one of his roles as he continues to perform at a high level.

Many of the side characters from the first Thor movie seemed to have more to do this time around. We got more of Sif, Volstagg and Fandral (this time around played by Zachary Levi). They also gave Idris Elba more to do which only leads to good things as he is a rising star. All four of them seemed to play a bigger part into the plot instead of just kind of being there.

Visually Thor: The Dark World delivers. All the CGI seems to blend with the real world making most of what you see hard to distinguish if it is real or computer generated. We got what one would come to expect as far as visual effects. I cannot speak for how this movie looked in 3-D as I refuse to see any movie in that format which is added as an afterthought in post production.

One thing I kept thinking to myself while watching this movie was how it felt in certain ways similar to J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, minus the lens flare. Asgard’s tech was shown to full effect in this movie. While their city is reminiscent of medieval architecture their tech is something pulled straight from science fiction text. The designs of the dark elves ships were some what of an interesting design to me as well.

As one would come to expect with all Marvel Studio films there was a scene after the credits. Two to be exact. The first one that appears mid-credits connects this to a future Marvel film which you can clearly tell was not directed by Alan Taylor. It didn’t fit with the feel of Thor: The Dark World, but it was interesting none-the-less. I can fully understand why Taylor was so adamant in saying he did not direct that scene and was not pleased with it, but like I said I enjoyed it.

Thor: The Dark World was definitely the better of the two Marvel Studio films to come out this year (the other Iron Man 3). It was a highly entertaining action/adventure movie continuing the successful ways that is Marvel Studios.

What were your thought on Thor: The Dark World? Let us know in the comments below.

Quick Notes:

  • Best cameo to-date in a Marvel Studio film and no I am not talking about Stan Lee’s.
  • Kat Dennings can be humorous when given the right material.
  • Loki is and forever will be the god of lies and mischief.
  • Hemsworth was exactly what we’ve come to expect as Thor.

Thor: The Dark World
Directed by Alan Taylor
Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba and Jaimie Alexander
Runtime: 112 min
Release: November 8, 2013

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