Sam Moyerman took in a show this weekend. A little movie called Thor: The Dark World, maybe you've heard of it. Now he's here to tell you all about how fun and awesome it was. Sam?
At this point, Marvel’s movie making is a machine for success. Thor’s second solo movie does nothing to change that. It’s not groundbreaking in anyway, but it’s a lot of fun, with sharp dialogue and fun characters. Oh yeah, and a lot of action, too!
Thor: The Dark World exists in a strange place. It’s a movie that, like Iron Man 3, is a sequel to two separate movies, even more so in the case of this film. It takes place in a shared universe that is now eight movies deep. Seriously people, there are eight Marvel Studios movies out there. We live in a good time. Not only that, but it is a movie that tries to blend Norse Mythology with the sciences. So it’s an understatement to say this is a movie that has a lot going on. And that it requires some suspension of disbelief. But it’s very worth it, for this movie is a thrill ride.
The movie finds the regular cast of characters in their states after the events of Avengers. Thor and his Warriors bringing peace to the Nine Realms. Odin sits on his throne. Loki sits in his prison. On Earth, Jane Foster is both resigned to getting over her Thunder God boyfriend and to finding him. Erik Selvig is still a brilliant scientist, but has been adversely affected by the events of New York, so much so that he never seems able to find his own pants. And then along comes Malekith to throw a monkey-wrench, or in this case Dark Elf, in to screw everything up. (The first Thor started with a flashback to a Younger Odin in battle. This one goes back to Odin’s father, Bor. One wonders where the next movie will start.) It’s a fairly convoluted plot that is best if kept simple - Malekith wants to destroy the world. Thor has to stop him. To do so he’ll lose friends, make deadly pacts, and be the hero that he proved himself to be.
Like Kenneth Branagh before him, director Alan Taylor plays to his strengths in his tale. A veteran director of Game of Thrones, his action sequences are quite excellent. He paces the movie quite well, and of course, keeps surprises around every turn. The stars all handle themselves too. Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings are back after skipping out on the fun of Avengers, Dennings' Darcy is a welcome bit of sidekick comic relief to Portman’s lovesick Jane Foster. Stellan Starsgard is great at playing yet another slightly different version of his character. Thor and the Warriors Three (Four counting Jamie Alexander’s Sif) are known fun and have grown nicely into their characters. Even Mjolnjir is given time to shine. But it’s obvious that the star of this series has been Tom Hiddleson’s Loki. His performance just brings all of the awesome elements out of Loki. You love him, but can’t stand him just the same.
Most people find comic book movies improve with the second installment. The origin stories are done away with and the characters can get to doing what they do best right away. Thor 2 is no exception. A little ridiculous at times, the movie is fun all the time.
As with all Marvel movies, stay through to the end, there is both a mid-credits and end-credits scene. The mid-credits scene is going to rival Thanos’ reveal in Avengers with fanboys (and girls) squealing with glee and all their non-knowing friends asking “What?”
Thor: The Dark World is in theaters now from Marvel Studios. Go watch it then come back here and let us know what you thought!
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