And so the second phase of the Marvel universe continues with this Asgardian God and his second solo outing onscreen. Thor: The Dark World continues the adventures of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Mighty Avenger, two years (more or less) after The Avengers saved the world. This time, he is going solo as he tries to save the Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy ancient race led by a mysterious, vengeful enemy named Malekith (Christopher Eccelston), who keeps his eyes on a deadly yet powerful Aether, which unwittingly possessed by Thor’s human love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot handle, Thor must do something, embarking on his most perilous journey yet, something that eventually forces him to team up with his black-sheep of a brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in order to save the universe from the forces of evil.
The sequel, Thor: The Dark World has found a new person at the helm, Alan Taylor, after previous unlikely director, Kenneth Branagh, left the production due to simple time constraints. Branagh almost made the first one a disaster, good thing Thor (the first) managed to pull it off in a grandiose spectacle. This time, Taylor (with TV directorial works that include Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Nurse Jackie) proves to improve what has left on the first one with a more solid plot, though too generic, with several funny dialogues, leaving the audience greatly entertained.
At times, this film soars with fine work coming from the returning cast, not to mention some pretty badass action sequences to entice the viewers, but at times the movie is overly reliant on special effects that are too unimaginative, it looks like we have seen it all before.
The god-like individual who doesn’t act like one, Thor seems dense and weak against his opponents, as well as his allies. Was he supposed to be invincible? To me, Thor looked pathetic, trying to figure out where to put his hammer when he enters an apartment on Earth, or when he takes a freaking subway to his next destination. I know, I know, they’re intended for a nice touch of humor and should not be taken seriously, but I guess I was expecting Thor to be a lot tougher than that.
The saving grace of the movie was indeed Tom Hiddleston. I love his character! Mysterious and likable, Loki stood out from the rest and completely stole the whole movie that his presence made Thor look pale in comparison.
It may not be the best movie coming from the Marvel universe, Thor: The Dark World is still watchable and entertaining to say the least, with plenty of humor and heart-thumping action that fans have come to expect. And if you haven’t seen it, don’t forget to wait for the almost-staple end-credits video that features a new character that will open up a new storyline in the galaxy (See what I just did there?).
3.5 out of 5 stars.