THOR: THE DARK WORLD:
SOLID STORY, STUNNING VISUALS, AND A FUN SEQUEL!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: B- (3 stars)
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the Asgardians back in action in Thor: The Dark World
Everyone’s favorite God of Thunder from Marvel is back in action in the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 superhero movie, Thor. And honestly this new chapter of the Thor legacy, Thor: The Dark World isn't quite as solid as the first film but it's still another fun Marvel film.
Flashy action, impressive visuals, and the plot expands on the world established in the first movie. One of my issues with the first movie was the limited amount of screen time for Thor’s world, Asgard, well, this movie is focused much more on Asgard and for that I applaud it.
The cast from the first film reprises their roles once more like Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods) as the mighty God of Thunder, Thor, Natalie Portman (Mars Attacks!, Star Wars, Black Swan) as astrophysicist, Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Hitchcock) as Thor’s father, Odin, and Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, The Avengers) as Thor’s adopted brother, Loki. Much like the predecessor, the cast does a wonderful job reprising their characters.
Eons ago, Odin’s father, Bor battled the Dark Elf, Malekith, ruler of the realm, Svartalfheim who plotted to destroy the universe with a powerful weapon known as the Aether. Now many years later, Malekith and his legion of Dark Elves have vowed revenge on the Nine Realms and escaped in suspended animation during their battle with Bor and the Gods of Asgard.
Odin’s son, Thor, the God of Thunder must re-unite with his love interest, Jane Foster and astrophysicist, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellen Skarsgard-The Avengers), have a truce with his vengeful brother, Loki, and journey to the realm of Svartalfheim to defeat Malekith’s army of Dark Elves before they use the Aether to destroy the universe.
This is what I was expecting in a follow-up to the first Thor movie, an epic adventure in Thor’s world with creative Gods and monsters and exciting action. Thor: The Dark World delivered exactly what I wanted, with plenty of surprises thrown in and the witty dialogue we’ve all come to expect from Marvel movies.
Thor: The Dark World is a solid Marvel flick to follow Iron Man 3 this year, despite this movie being released in November instead of the summer like the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But to be honest it’ll seem a lot quicker for The Avengers: Age of Ultron to hit theaters in 2015, so the hype will only be lasting a couple more years, because we had to wait five years for The Avengers to come out in 2012, but now we just have to wait two years for The Avengers 2.
Oh well, to help fill the time, we have a Thunderous Thor sequel.