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“Thor: The Dark World”
Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston
Monte’s Rating:
2.75 out of 5.00

Movie Review — “Thor: The Dark World”


The Marvel movie universe continues to grow, particularly in the realm of “The Avengers” where each affiliate of the group has their own standalone film.
“Thor: The Dark World” continued the journey of the thunder god, who had been busy defending his homeland and fighting evil in the nine realms. Director Alan Taylor offered a pleasant looking atmosphere but, unfortunately, made a mediocre film that ultimately did little more than serve the purpose of setting up the return of the assembly.
The story features Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) as the leader of a group of vengeful dark elves who, after being defeated in a battle with the Asgardians and forced into hibernation, awakens and begins looking for a weapon called the aether. Thor battles for peace in the nine realms, but he is also distracted by his love for astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth. Jane has been looking for Thor since he left and is led to dimensional anomalies in London. A dark dimension where the aether has been hidden draws Jane in, and she is infected with the weapon. The act brings Thor back to protect her from Malekith, who wants the aether for his own world-destroying desires.
Director Alan Taylor did a good job of quickly introducing the characters and working off the established chemistry, especially the strained relationship between the brothers Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Loki, returning to Asgard after destroying New York in “The Avengers” movie, is imprisoned but is freed by Thor in order to escape Asgard.
Hiddleston, the most interesting character in the film, was comfortable with Loki’s mischievous and arrogant persona. He used the character’s buoyant banter in one particularly comical scene to further flaunt the Avenger’s group and taunt Thor’s upright character.
Hemsworth was good as Thor, even though the superhero was a fairly standard moral composition. The character was best when action was called for, and he was able to heave his hammer.
Natalie Portman was a lead character but was lost amidst the script. She was a scientist and her assistance during the climatic action sequences consisted of displaying her scientific vocabulary and handling gadgetry.
The script offered humorous moments that allowed Hiddleston and Kat Dennings, returning as Jane’s intern Darcy, opportunity to lessen the gravity of an all-too-serious moment with a deadpan quip. This trait of humor was something that the Marvel films have embraced; it worked in keeping the atmosphere lighthearted.
Unfortunately, the narrative jumped around and became disjointed, following characters on Asgard and in London, while also following others floating along in space. It all became distracting and familiar. Past Marvel films have handled some of the same elements better.
While “Thor: The Dark World” forwarded the Marvel story, it didn’t do anything audiences haven’t seen in other superhero films. It was enjoyable and witty but, after the credit codas were through, it was regrettably unmemorable.