In certain spheres the Marvel world has worn out its welcome. If Thor: The Dark World is an indication, the box office is not one of these places.
Thor: the Dark World (2013) Marvel Review
Generations ago, ancestors of Asgard defeated the Dark Elves race whose leader had schemes to plunge the universe into a deep darkness only he watches his people fall and his desired supernatural weapon, the Aether fall to the Asgards. Escaping, their leader waits for another chance to get what he desires but the Asgards have buried the indestructible Aether weapon deep where no one will find it, leaving the Asgards to live in peace.
One of these decedents is Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who is trying to align the realms again after his half-brother managed to turn their worlds into chaos. Along with his trusted comrades Fandral and Sif (Zachary Levi, Jamie Alexander), he travels the nine realms and defeats the armies rising up against Asgard, and giving their people peace again. Unlike the young reckless man he once was, Thor is now restless, his heart left behind on earth…
Two years have passed since his departure, and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is trying to move on. Now living in London, she has thrown herself into her work and along with her intern Darcy (Kat Dennings), she finds another anomaly. Excited for what this might mean, she explores the building hiding it only to emerge from this with an energy inside her that repels the touch of any human. Her change in circumstances brings Thor back to earth, and fearful for her well-being, he takes her back to Asgard with him in the hopes of finding a cure for an energy that will, if no cure is found, kill her.
OhMyGosh! This is how a superhero movie gets better a second time out. While still flawed in places with select portions that should definitely have been cut or polished, I adored this sequel. Let me preference all this by saying that I don’t go to a film in this genre expecting “greatness” in the sense that it’s going to offer emotional stimulation to life’s problems. These are the kind of films I watch to be entertained by, to get
lost in a fantasy and let me tell you, that is exactly was ‘The Dark World’ did. It rose to meet my expectations and then some.
I gave you my word, that I would return.
Starting off, can I just say one very important aspect of this writing process that was spotless. Best. Humor. Ever. There were so many vivid moments of comic gold I had to keep reminding myself to be quiet so as not to disturb sleeping family members. Despite the darker undercurrent to the Loki/Thor betrayal drama, it’s a refreshing break to experience their brotherly camaraderie without any sort of fake emotion beyond
that of brothers being… brothers. (And you go, Asgard loyalists. Tell Loki how it is, “if you betray him…”)
In the same vein I wouldn’t be honest if neglecting to say that there does come a point in franchises that a baddie needs to be removed as a threat. Saying this will likely earn flack (don’t hate me), but I’m going to because it’s an opinion and in those parameters, what I’m about to say is an element I feel stifles the story. Writers need to understand the importance of a villain remaining put in his place – whether it be in a dungeon or by death in battle just as they send off their good in a blaze of honor, I’m not sure that they realize how much it undercuts the heroes to pit them against their foes time after time.
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Overall this film is better than its prequel. The action sequences are superior; the CGI is awesome (how gorgeous is Asgard!?); the costumes stunning’; and of course, the trip to London is a fun escape. Also an improvement is the script which was more elaborate than the prequel. Most evident is that this doesn’t seem to have the same level of “silly” as before. Those looking for more character development may not find any in this follow-up though it’s still fun to catch-up on the adventures of Thor and Company. Also returning is the always entertaining Darcy, Erik (Stellan Skarsgård), Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and newbie, Ian (played by Jonathan Howard) as Darcy’s unpaid-intern, who apparently would follow her to the ends of the earth – and basically he does!
If you’re a Marvel fan, this is a solid installment to dazzle and include in your collection. There’s a fun cameo, great sass and opportunities of redemption found in unexpected places. It’s funny, lighthearted, bittersweet, action-packed and of course, full of marvelous acting that brings everything together, and tagging along in the credits is a happy ending. This girl is certainly prepared for the next chapters in the Marvel universe. Bring it on.
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CONTENT: there are several action/adventure battle sequences that rarely linger on the graphic, an energy source lives inside a woman causing her eyes to turn black. Men are stabbed and supernatural creatures wreak havoc on earth. There may be a mild innuendo or two, some general profanities. There are two or three scenes of a man running around naked on a TV news story – meant to be funny, the TV screen pixelates his body. The film is PG13.