Thor: The Dark World
I never saw the first Thor film. It looked like a pile of stinking cheese. But because Marvel have managed to weave their comic book world together so well through their films and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was such a delightfully over done character in The Avengers, I decided to give The Dark World a go.
Essentially it’s a dumb action film that covers a few different genres, from Lord of the Rings style fantasy to Super-hero saving the modern metropolis, with voiced over beginning that sets the scene for an overly complicated plot to follow.
Essentially the universe contains a dark and powerful element known as The Aether – and element so powerful it has the ability to destroy all life in the universe.
The leader of the Dark Elves, Malekith once tried to use it to destroy the universe only to fail, so now as all the worlds come into alignment again, Malekith once again rises to the challenge of bringing darkness back to life, so to speak.
If only it were that simple. The Dark World is an overly complicated revenge flick. Of all the Marvel films, it’s the one that comes closets to derailing the franchises momentum, because the complexity of the story-line that literally jumps all over the place, from one location to another, from the forces of light to the forces of dark, takes some of the dumb fun out of the film.
Fortunately not all the dumb fun. Tom Hiddleston seems to be having as much fun as he did in The Avengers, and Chris Hemsworth plays the dumb action hero role well enough that you almost start having fond memories of the 80’s. Add to that some stunning visual effects and plenty of action, along with ER’s Zoe Butler, I mean Kat Dennings, playing sidekick to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, and you have all the ingredients for a good night at the movies.
Captain America even makes an appearance, though how much it is for comic relief and how much it is promoting Marvels next big release, I’ll leave up to you to decide.
Rating: M Violence.