Cary, NC – Thor: The Dark World is the latest entry in the ongoing marvel cinematic universe that ties Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk (and soon to be a lot more) all together. I’m pleased to say that Thor: The Dark World is a confident step up from the God of Thunder’s first solo entry, as well as an entertaining and fun follow-up to The Avengers.
Thor – Expanding the Universe
What really stood out this outing was the filmmakers’ willingness to leave Earth behind for a majority of the movie. Most of the film takes place in either our hero’s homeland of Asgard or one of the other “Nine Realms” of the universe. If you feel lost already, don’t worry, the film explains it all very well in the first few minutes of the movie.
Anyway, it’s an exciting move because after 5 years and 7 movies we are finally starting to get a glimpse of just how cosmic and comic book-y these movies are going to get. It’s refreshing to watch a superhero film that doesn’t feel the need to ground itself in reality. The film makers have always been known to have fun and never take themselves too seriously, while also never treating their world or characters like a joke. Thor: The Dark World is no exception.
Hemsworth and Hiddleston Bring Confidence, Humor
Chris Hemsworth is becoming more confident with each outing in the title role. I watched the first Thor after seeing this sequel, and you can actually see the arc he’s given the character. More surprisingly, he also has many of the film’s biggest laughs thanks to some serious comic timing. Side note: he might be the most in-shape man to ever exist.
Tom Hiddleston returns as Thor’s brother Loki, who is now serving a lifetime solitary sentence because of his attack and betrayal in The Avengers. Hiddleston has really made this character his own and has become a bit of a fan favorite in the process. It’s pretty hard to make a villain likable and funny, but Hiddleston has done just that.
Natalie Portman also returns as Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster. It’s a role that Portman could probably do in her sleep, but thankfully she seems to be having fun playing in this world. It also helps that her character actually plays a pivotal role in the plot and even has a significant hand in helping fight the main villain at the end.
Lacks Memorable Villain
But, there’s something missing.
Thor: The Dark World is missing a pretty crucial element that any good superhero film should have, a memorable villain. Here, the main bad guy is an evil elf that is hell bent on bringing darkness to the universe, and that’s pretty much all we’re given. No real motivation, he’s just evil for the sake of being evil.
It’s doesn’t ruin the film. The character does serve his purpose and gives our hero the proper motivation to save the day. But when you’ve already introduced a villain like Loki, who has actual personality and genuine conflict with the hero, you would think a little more effort would be put in to the next one.
See In Theaters and Stay Until the Very End
Even with its faults, Thor: The Dark World is an exciting, funny and extremely entertaining entry in the ongoing universe it shares with Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of earth’s mightiest heroes. Also, as has become common place with these movies, it is highly recommended that you stay to the very end of the credits.
Review by Jordan Hunt for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.