After Jane (Natalie Portman) is possessed by the Aether, it awakens the deadly Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who is bent on the destruction of the Nine Realms; it is then up to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to save the realms and stop Malekith.
The sequel to 2011’s Thor, Thor: The Dark World is a surprisingly better film than the Kenneth Branagh-directed original. This time helmed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, Taylor has brought with him what was learned on that show; namely an ability to film action and battle sequences that are dynamic, but not so hectic as to be chaotic to the viewer. While the actors make no leaps in characterization, it is unnecessary in this film. This is a rip roaring, fantasy action film that entertains while expanding the Marvel Universe.
As Marvel and Disney release more and more of these comic films, it becomes harder and harder to review them. Since the first Iron Man, they have managed to find a formula that they continue to exploit to great success. None of the films have been bad, Captain America: The First Avenger being the weakest of the bunch, and they are all entertaining and tied together. It becomes difficult to find flaws when the films are essentially a series of films that all tie together. When they are all as entertaining as this film, it makes the reviews difficult, at least to me. I don’t want to spoil the film by going into spoiler territory, and I am not so geektastic as to be able to quote everything in the film from the original comic source.
Everything that was really necessary to say about this film was done so in the first two paragraphs. So, we will have a super-short review. Just know this, Thor: The Dark World is better than it’s trailers made it seem. It is a rousing fantasy film with solid performances and passable storyline. It is a Marvel film, so you should know what you are getting into by now.
*** out of ****
BIZZAM!! Fun Facts!
- Production Budget: $170m. Worldwide Gross: $644,612,726.
- Zachary Levi portrays Fandral, taking over for Josh Dallas. Zachary Levi was the original choice for the role in 2011’s Thor, but had to drop out due to the filming of Chuck. Josh Dallas had to drop out this time due to filming on his show Once Upon a Time.