Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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The Norse God of Thunder returns in this action packed sequel where in order to defeat his newest foe, Thor must seek help from the last person he would ever expect to help him.

Thousands of years ago, the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim attempted to bring darkness to the entire universe using a weapon known simply as the Aether. However, the warrior king Bor defeated the elves but opted not to destroy the Aether and instead hides it. Sadly, the Aether has returned and has entered the body of Dr. Jane Foster while she noticed a strange occurrence while on a trip in London.

When Thor, who has been fighting forces to bring the Nine Realms back in sync, learns of Jane’s problem, he takes her back to Asgard, much to the chagrin of Odin. Meanwhile, Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, has returned and has learned of the Aether’s existence. With the help of Algrim, whom he turns into a monster known as Kurse, Malekith launches a fully fledged attack on Asgard. When Thor’s mother Frigga becomes a casualty, Thor realizes what he has to do. In order to defeat the Dark Elves, he must rely on the help from the last person he would ever ask to help: his mischievous brother, Loki.

The heroic Thor is back in this film that is set after the events of The Avengers (2012). The heroes of Asgard find a new threat in the return of the evil Dark Elves, led by the power-hungry Malekith, played quite well by Christopher Eccleston (who played Destro in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). What is interesting about this sequel is that instead of most of the film being set on Earth, or Midgard according to the Asgardians, we get to see more of the action take place on Asgard with the climactic battle on Earth, a reversal of the original film’s set action pieces.

Once again, Chris Hemsworth brings it as the heroic Thor, who still has a yearning for Dr. Jane Foster, reprised by Natalie Portman. He is introduced in a battle sequence in which he brings some bits of comic smartaleck manner after defeating a rock monster with his hammer Mjolnir. The only replacement cast member amongst the heroes of Asgard is Zachary Levi as Fandral (original actor Josh Dallas could not come back due to schedule conflicts with the hit series Once Upon a Time; interesting enough, Levi couldn’t make the first film due to schedule conflicts with Chuck). Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano reprise their roles from the original film.

The film does have some comic relief in the form of yes, the mischievous Loki, once again reprised by Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston was perfect in the original film and The Avengers. Here, he does it again and in a hilarious scene where he is using his talent of disguises, poses as Captain America, complaining that the costume is too tight…yes folks, Chris Evans himself makes the cameo as Steve Rogers.

The action is nicely done for the film, as we see loads of weapons wielding and nicely done special effects. There are some nice twists that come out unexpected and the final confrontation, which is set between both Earth and Asgard, is quite insane at times but in a good way.

If you love Marvel’s movies, then you will love Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth and company do it again in an all new adventure that just borders on one heck of a climactic fight scene.

WFG RATING: A-

A Marvel Studios Production. Director: Alan Taylor. Producer: Kevin Feige. Writers: Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeeley; story by Robert Rodat and Don Payne; based on the characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Cinematography: Kramer Morgenthau. Editing: Dan Lebental and Wyatt Smith.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje.

 

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