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Movie Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ When Decent Isn’t Good Enough

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'Thor: The Dark World'


“Surrender is not in my nature.”– Chris Hemsworth as Thor

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What’s good: As expected, the special effects and fight scenes were awesome.

What’s not good: The poor attempts at comedy were just not that funny.

What happened: So, when you take a movie and add a hot actor in Chris Hemsworth, an Oscar winner in Natalie Portman, and anything from the Marvel Comic universe, it should easily become a massive hit; right? Walt Disney’s latest film in the franchise, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, may have made a ton of money at the box office, but should have been so much better than it was.

Long before the light, there was darkness. Back then, a race known as the dark elves almost gained control of the powerful element called The Aether. The elves were ultimately defeated by the kingdom of Asgard who thought they had killed off their entire race while hiding The Aether deep within its walls. Secretly, a crew of remaining elves and their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) lie in wait to reclaim what’s rightfully theirs and take vengeance on Asgard.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must bring order to the nine realms before he can become king of Asgard. While he continues to restore order, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) sits in a cell for his crimes against humanity. He too lies in wait for his chance to claim his right to the throne. Meanwhile, Jane (Natalie Portman) accidentally discovers a phenomenon that occurs every five thousand years. What happens next puts her life and the entire nine realms in danger. It is up to Thor to find a way to trust Loki and stop the dark elves before they destroy the universe.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ is easily better than the first film. First of all, Thor actually fights a real opponent this time around. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurse proves to be more than a worthy adversary. Their battle is so exciting and fun to watch that you will not want it to end. Rene Russo as Thor’s mother Frigga also shines when she gets to fight. These action scenes truly made this movie enjoyable to watch. While Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman do a good job in their lead roles, it is Tom Hiddleston who really steals the show. He is wonderfully evil and conniving as Loki. His character keeps you guessing what will happen until the very end. Another great aspect of this movie was the attack on Asgard. This scene was intense and the special effects were amazing.

As good as it was, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ certainly suffered from a few serious issues. The biggest problem with this film was the awful comedy. Watching scientist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) spend most of the film running around without pants just wasn’t funny. Also, the comedy surrounding Jane’s date with another guy and her jokes with Darcy (Kat Dennings) never worked at all. Another problem with this film was the poor choice of villain. When most people think of an elf, nothing scary or ominous comes to mind. The fact that the bad guys are dark elves dressed in silly gold costumes doesn’t help much either. They are not menacing no matter how hard they try. Finally, Thor’s plan early on to defeat the elves was downright stupid. You know the moment the plan is conceived that it will be a disaster. Studios have a lot riding on big budget films like this one. Hopefully they will make sure to fix these problems the next time around.

Bottom Line: Far better than the original, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is a fun film that still leaves much to be desired.

Grade: B-

Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

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