Film Review – Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenplay: Christopher Yost
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston
Nothing excites me more than a nice action movie running on a love story that is both complicating and exhilarating. This is exactly what Thor: The Dark World, is. It is also the sequel to 2011’s Thor.
Thor: The Dark Night takes us on a journey of present day Asagard (a planet were Thor lives), where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is instrumental in ensuring that the universe is at peace. But meanwhile Malekith, a Dark Elf (Christoper Eccleston) seeks to destroy the universe using a weapon known as the Aether, which has infected Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)who is Thor’s love interest. When Thor finds out the universe and his girlfriend are in danger he goes on a quest to save both.
There are no Oscar winning performances in this movie, which I did not expect anyway, but the actors do complement each other. Hemsworth and Portman have a natural chemistry together, which makes the viewer yearn even harder for them to succeed in their love and on saving the universe. Thor: The Dark World is packed with action but what impressed me the most is that it is also funny. It adds to the entertainment that while Thor is in the middle of a fight, he does or says something funny, but it does not spoil the whole seriousness of the scene or movie, – quite brilliant. Two supporting actors stand out in this movie for me, Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, Thor’s adoptive evil brother, (you will also remember him from Thor and The Avengers where he tried to destroy the world) and Kat Dennings who plays Darcy Lewis, Dr Foster’s intern. They play their parts with such conviction.
Darcy is whitty and funny at the same time. She makes Dr Foster’s life interesting and bearable when she is lonely and sad. Loki is still as evil, arrogant and pretentious as in the earlier Thor movie, living up to the image of the mean and bad Loki of mythology. I do not want to spoil the movie for those who have not watched it yet, but the end is a shocker, very unexpected. And judging from the way it ends, there will be a part three for the Thor franchise. I cannot wait. I hate to admit it but I enjoyed the eye candy, all those hunks and muscle made my day. This reminded me of the 2007 movie 300 where I was dizzy with happiness from seeing all that muscle. Don’t judge me too quickly, at least I am being honest. Even though I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World a lot, the first Thor is still my favorite and the best of the two, but this should not discourage you from watching it. Thor: The Dark World is good, pleasant and happy movie after all. Don’t we all sometimes just want to watch a story that picks up our spirits when good prevails over evil.
* – Poor
** – Average
*** – Good
**** – Very Good
***** – Excellent