Directed by Alan Taylor
Written by Christopher Yost (full IMDb credits)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins
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.
Thor 2 was fairly enjoyable. It didn’t make me think or knock me over with emotion, but it did deliver some classic Thor action pulled from the comics. Ultimately, I think that’s all I expected. Thor is a complete bad ass in The Avengers comics, often akin to Hulk-level ass kickings. The film hasn’t captured that feel, but all in all, I enjoyed both films for the most part. It’s no Dark Knight or The Avengers, but it’s a good time in the theater.
Maybe Marvel is open to fan suggestion because this film takes place almost entirely on Asgard, Thor’s homeland is filled with stunning architecture and ages-old magic. Asgard has a very real comic book feel and that made the film very enjoyable for me. Comic book films are famously hard to cast, write, and film. Comic nerds have a certain expectation, almost an entitlement (how long have we been buying these books!) for quality comic-based films, adding an approval or backlash that can make or break a movie. Thor 2: The Dark World should satisfy the comic fans and the casual moviegoers.
The imprisoned Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is the scene stealer once again. Hiddleston gets his character and portrays him with flair and backstabbing confidence. Thor and Loki join forces and put their differences away to defeat their common enemy, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and prevent eternal darkness from claiming all the realms. The battles are epic, the CG is grand, the Marvel snozberries taste like Marvel snozberries. If anything, my complaint is the amount of scripted comedy later in the movie. We can all expect a random zinger or two, but Marvel took it too far. I think the third act suffered because of it – I just didn’t see any reason for it.
Final thought? It’s cool movie for certain, and worthy of a theater viewing if you enjoy frequent trips to the local multiplex. Tons of action, a decent plot, some impressive acting chops, bad ass characters, twists; this is win/win for comic nerds and action film lovers. There are two post credit scenes, so stick around for a fan favorite and iconic item driving the future of Marvel’s films.