Thor: The Dark World follows the events of the Avengers as a new threat is emerging from the darkness. A dark elf named Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, G.I. Joe), is seeking to destroy all nine realms and Thor, Chris Hemsworth, must stop him from killing all of humanity.
Thor: The Dark World was a decent follow up to Thor’s stand alone film. There were a lot of things I liked about the film and a few things I didn’t. Pretty much every character has returned from the first Thor film. Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, is back at Thor’s love interest. Her companions Kat Dennings as Darcy and Stellan Skarsgard as Eric Selvig returned as the comic relief. And of course, Tom Hiddleston as Loki came back.
Everyone did a great job in their recurring roles and seeing them interact with each other is always a joy. I feel as if this Marvel movie was trying to gain as many laughs as it could. As much as I like comic relief, I felt like it took away a lot of the suspense and tension in the action oriented sequences. There were too many times the writers added in comic relief during the most suspenseful parts of the movie. I know Marvel has a habit in doing it with their other films but for some reason, I was really distracted by it. I think it was because of Kat Dennings…
I think the biggest problem with Thor: The Dark World is the script. They story line wasn’t very good and it featured a terrible villain. Malekith is supposed to be this sinister Dark Elf but he wasn’t menacing in the slightest. There wasn’t much for him to do and left his cronies to do all the work. Loki should just be the villain in every Marvel movie. I certainly wouldn’t mind.
I will compliment Alan Taylor on his first feature film as director. He is known for his smaller TV works such as Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. He created some great set pieces and fight sequences. Luckily he was able to make a crappy script into a good movie. It can be hard to do sometimes. I’m looking at you Counselor. It was announced that he is directing the Terminator reboot and I can’t wait to see what he does with that franchise.
In the end, it was a very fun movie to watch and a great addition to the Marvel series. Before the first Thor came out, I was really worried it was going to be awful but he has turned out to be my favorite of the Avengers. This is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the series. Be sure to see the extra scenes during and after the credits.
3/5 - Enjoyable