Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written By: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
Ok right off the bat I will tell you The Dark World isn’t quite as good as the first Thor movie back in 2011. Here’s why. For a start, our main nemesis Malekith, just wants to destroy everything. Apparently because it was never meant to exist in his not so humble opinion. This just makes for a dull and cartoonish villain. Christopher Eccleston looks cool playing the part, and does the best he can with the material he’s given. But there’s no depth there. We’ve seen this kind of villain in a hundred movies and Saturday morning cartoons, and we just know from the start he’s going to fail.
Adding to this flat affair is Thor himself. Capably played as usual by Chris Hemsworth, but given no where to go as a character. We understand he pines for Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) but by the end of the film, not much has changed. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) on the other hand is more interesting to watch. He’s a cool villain. Always scheming to better his status, but not totally without heart.
The problems with this film aren’t limited to the simplistic character development. In this universe, there are nine realms, so why is it London, England is the only place that looks real? The visual effects that breathe life into the other locations are great – but clash with the stark realism of the live footage of London. The difference between these two styles started to remind of the problems I had with the Star Wars prequels compared with the original series. This sense of déjà vu was further enforced during the action in Asgard. I swear this movie actually ‘borrowed’ some of the sounds effects from The Phantom Menace!
It’s not all bad though. All the scenes in London are great. I thought Darcy (Kat Dennings) and the intern Ian (Jonathan Howard) stole every scene they were in. The finale in London with the action jumping in and out of all the nine realms was fantastic and very entertaining. While there are some dull moments, and I thought it could have lost a few minutes here and there, I wasn’t bored.
If you liked the first film, you will probably like this one too. This is more your typical effects heavy big extravaganza that ends up not meaning all that much. It’s entertaining, but don’t expect much more than a pretty fireworks show.
This is great big effects heavy film so a full price viewing with a crowd might be fun. At home a HD viewing is a must.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
The final battle in London was fantastic. Everyone jumping between nine realms duking it out. The law of physics turned off! Brilliant!
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