Thor: The Dark World Movie Review
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.
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).
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.
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.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D REVIW
Avoid the 3D experience with this one; it does not enhance the movie going experience.