Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Rating: 4.5 Stars

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content

Synopsis (From IMDB): Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. 

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston

Trailer:

This whole franchise makes me extremely happy. Every time a new Avengers movie comes out, I leave the theater with an enormous smile on my face. They are literally created for pure entertainment. This movie is WAY too much fun.

The awesome thing about Thor is that it feels like you’re watching a hybrid of Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. I’m not saying it’s THAT EPIC of a movie, I’m just saying that’s the feel. You have magic things happening and elves running around and then you’re like BAM we’re also in space with sci-fi guns and technology. And of course, all of the special effects were AMAZING. Overwhelming is probably a better word.

The heart and soul of this movie is contained somewhere in the middle when Loki and Thor have some truly remarkable scenes. So, I’m not team Loki. I’m team Thor all the way. But Tom Hiddleston is an AMAZING actor. Whether or not Loki is truly conflicted, I DON’T CARE. Hiddleston convinced me that he was. I was totally loving the relationship between the two brothers; Chris Hemsworth is not to be forgotten either. I think he’s an extremely talented actor as well. These two do amazing work together and GUESS WHAT? It’s a sci-fi movie, so they’ll never get recognized for it. That is TRULY a shame. But I digress. Suffice to say, my favorite part of the movie was the development of Thor and Loki’s relationship. Loki was just sort of annoying in the first movie, and then he was creepy in Avengers, but here, he became a real person, which was really cool to see.

It’s nice that we got through all of Thor’s idiocy in the first movie. He’s much more stable, noble, humble, and awesome in the sequel. He certainly knows he’s awesome, but it’s not about proving he’s awesome anymore. He’s more focused on keeping the realms safe. So you get the same sort of cocky behavior, but he knows when to rein it in now.

Also, there’s a really fun Captain America cameo. That’s all I’ll say about that.

The relationship between Jane and Thor was super cute as well. When she ends up in Asgard, everyone is bewildered by her behavior, and he just thinks she’s the cutest thing ever.

There’s a plethora of other awesome actors/characters in there: Anthony Hopkins of course as Odin, Christopher Eccleston as the antagonistic dark elf Malekith, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Erik Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy, Idris Elba as Heimdall.

Let’s focus on Heimdall for a moment.

He STABS a SPACE SHIP. If that’s not enough for you to go see this movie, you must HATE movies. STABS A SPACE SHIP WITH HIS SUPER MAGIC SWORD.

There’s a nice balance of comedy mixed in with the sci-fi drama. Everyone in this movie wears their sass pants at one point or another, except for maybe Malekith, but he’s just too angry all the time. The writing is very nicely done, and while it’s not Shakespeare or anything, it flows well and works for the genre and the franchise.

This is an excellent sequel. Marvel seems to have figured out the secret to making great sequels. I may like this even better than the first, although I really enjoyed the original. Highly recommended, especially if you’re already a fan of the Avengers.

P.S. Stay until the credits are over. Not just till the first bit of credits are done. There’s another scene at the very end.

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