Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

The great thing about Marvel and the silver screen adaptations of their comic book heroes is they know how to make things fun for the viewing audience. Some films are outta this world entertaining (ahem: THE AVENGERS) while others are an easy popcorn flick that are worth the rental but not quite worth the trip to the theater (ahem: THOR: THE DARK WORLD). While the latest Marvel picture was easily entertaining it was also easily predictable making all plot twists and reveals feel generic.
Thor: The Dark World

In THOR: THE DARK WORLD audiences learn more about the history of Asgard and the battles they fought and won. One such battle was against the Dark Elves, an evil group from another realm. Thought to have been destroyed completely, Asgardians are unaware that the elves patiently wait for the proper time to fight back and establish darkness over the nine realms. As the nine realms begin to line up, scientist and earthling, Jane Foster, unintentionally discovers a connection, allowing her to reunite with her dreamboat, Thor. Chris Hemsworth is one of the main reasons you should see this picture. He oozes charisma and is instantly likeable with a mischievous twinkle in his eye and well-timed smirks.  The filmmakers even throw in a scene where Hemsworth is shirtless, making THOR: THE DARK WORLD an instant classic in my book. Reprising the role of the demigod from THOR and THE AVENGERS, he continues to exude a commanding presence no matter the circumstance. 

Tom Hiddleston in Thor: The Dark World

Disappointingly, the chemistry between Hemsworth’s Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is lukewarm. Not that it was fiery hot in the first film, however, I expected more between two characters with an established history. Portman’s performance is adequate and I thought she would have bigger reactions during seemingly emotional moments of loss instead of looking blank. Another letdown was the lack of S.H.I.E.L.D. involvement either at the beginning or end of this flick. Only one mention of this agency throughout the picture seemed a bit odd to me (probably because I love Agent Coulson and Nick Fury… but not as much as I love Thor).

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor 2: The Dark World

Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was a fun yet predictable. As far as ‘bad guys’ go, he is engaging with how callous he is toward his ‘home realm’ and the animosity he feels toward his father, Odin (yay for Anthony Hopkins!), and brother, Thor. As cheesy as this might sound, I do like how he is a bit of a ‘momma’s boy’.

Thankfully there are some refreshing moments of laughter sprinkled throughout this picture with fantastic flashes of Stellan Skarsgard running around in the buff or pantless. Seeing Chris O’Dowd have a little screen time in this flick made me happy; he seems like a good fit for the superhero world.

Chris Hemsworth in Thor The Dark World

The action does not get entertaining or exciting until the very end where some creative uses of the realms are put into play.  As much as I love Thor (see my Top Ten Hottest Superheroes List) and the world created by Marvel, THOR: THE DARK WORLD is not one I’d push for you to see in theaters.


Avoid the 3D experience with this one; it does not enhance the movie going experience. 


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