<Review by: Daylynn DeSouza>
Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Zachary Levi, Anthony Hopkins
Let me begin by saying that all the movies released by Marvel excluding The Avengers are a build up to The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3. Iron Man 3 was a smouldering pile of faecal matter. In comparison to that Thor: The Dark World is much better. But, it doesn’t fare too well in comparison to the other movies. Let me dive into the synopsis before I tap into my cynicism.
After the events of the Avengers, with Loki now in Asgardian custody, Thor is at work bringing peace to the Nine Realms. His love interest from the first movie, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), comes in ‘possession’ of the Aether: a spirally weapon used by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) eons ago in his attempt to destroy the Universe before Odin’s father Bor fought him and his forces off on Svartalfheim. Now, Malekith is back and intends to retrieve the Aether from Jane Foster and destroy the Universe again. And, it’s up to Thor to stop him with the help of Loki and his friends.
Now, the movie itself follows the formula of the last Thor movie, the 1st half is pretty slow paced and then the 2nd half is much more exciting. There are a few occurrences in the movie that make you question how an Asgardian ‘god’ could die from a knife wound through the stomach and why magic could not heal them.
And, we’ve seen giant portals above the sky many a time now in movies. The most interesting character in this movie and possibly the only character with any depth is Loki (Tom Hiddleston). His wit and sheer wickedness combined with hints of emotional turmoil is the best thing in here. Thor is pretty boring and the rest of them aren’t very multidimensional.
I will the give the movie props for referencing and making use of a lot of Norse Mythology such as the Nine Realms and the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. (In case you’re wondering there weren’t any good Elves from Alfheim). It also sets something up for Avengers 3 and I know that a lot of comic book fans will love the movie just for that.
There’s really not a lot I can say about this movie; everything was pretty much like the last Thor film and there’s not much more to build on it. It’s just very average and predictable and illogical at times.
We saw this movie at PVR Juhu and I’ll be honest the 3D was Abysmal and hurt my eyes. It could just be the weird Hipster 3D Glasses we were given, but I’m sure I’d have enjoyed this movie a lot better in 2D. We ended up wearing the glasses upside down and that seemed to work much better!
Watch it in 2D if you can; it’s not a must watch and you could easily just wait for it come out on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/Netflix/Hulu or whatever other platform you prefer.