Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

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Thor 2 The Dark World

 

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

112 min  -  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  -  8 November 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 7.6/10 from 95,081 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 320 user | 355 critic | 44 from Metacritic.com

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Directors:

Alan Taylor, James Gunn

Writers:

Christopher Yost (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay), 6 more credits »

Stars:

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

It’s a comic book movie, so usually I’m interested (unless I hear it’s terrible). Also I saw the first Thor (and enjoyed it) so of course once I could get a friend to tag along I finally go to check this one out earlier in the week.

Main Points:

Just as Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine and Robert Downey Jr. IS Iron Man, Marvel continues to have an actor define himself in these comic book roles. As more time goes by I can see that Chris Hemsworth was a great choice for Thor, he is better with the character in this movie and the story was an improvement over the first as well.

The special effects are excellent and I enjoyed the story here two. With that said I do have some concerns. What is it with long movies the past few years? While some comic book movies (and of course other kinds of movies) can keep you riveted for 2 hours this one failed to do so.

A little too much stuff with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman does a good job with her though) and the story as a whole is a little stretched out. I also find it a little hard to believe that Thor would fall for a human (while she’s got a lot of good points certainly), it just seems like something that’s been done in many stories. I would have liked Thor to have made a different choice (Jamie Alexander, hello? Sif does it for me Smile).

Final Thoughts:

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston. While Hopkins does what he can in a smaller role Hiddleston continues to impress as Loki, he has the character down pat and offer some nice twists in the movie. All of that said I give it a 7.5/10 and a hearty recommendation. Certainly not for small children but for any Thor, Marvel or comic book fan it’s a must see. Also make sure to stay until the very end for not one, but two bonus scenes (and see it in 3D for an excellent Captain America preview). Until next time (the details of which I’ll leave as a mystery) I am, as always…

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