run time: 112 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccelston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard
movie summary: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: To my fellow readers, I will be the first admit I don’t read comic books and don’t know much about the Marvel universe. Through out the years many of their characters have been getting their own movies, which has allowed me to learn a lot about who is who and how important they are within the universe. Each individual movie features a cameo or two, with several storylines that tie into other characters and movies. Marvel has definitely succeeded at making audiences root for their characters, their stories, and more movies.
Thor: the Dark World is the second motion picture to center around the Thor character, played by Chris Hemsworth. After prevailing victorious in his first movie, Thor has a major presence in the Avengers movie, where he helps other Marvel super heroes defeat his evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who is trying to take over Earth.
Thor returns home where he helps win a few planet wars en route to becoming King (again). He loves his life as the protector as Asgard, but his heart belongs to a mortal on earth, named Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). She spends two years looking for him but instead discovers an evil dark world which forces Thor to break the rules and rescue her. Together the couple must figure out what this new dark spell is, who can control it, and how they defeat it.
Loki has been returned to Asgard to be punished for his crimes in previous movies. He is locked away until Thor calls upon his services to aid in the defeat of the evil dark elves who want to turn all the universes to darkness with the spell. Trust is a major issue between the brothers, but their ability to work together may be the only way to defeat the elves. Things don’t go according to the battle plan, and Thor and Jane end up stranded on earth with no capability of returning to Asgard. Thanks to Jane’s friends Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) they must use scientific knowledge to prevent the elves from launching the dark spell across the universe. Thor is now all alone, without his brother, father, or other guards and must do whatever is necessary to defeat the evil elves and foil their attempt to turn everything dark.
I watched the first Thor movie on Thursday night before heading to the theatre to see this one. I didn’t like the original the first time I saw it and never bothered to watch it again until last night. My feelings changed since the release in 2011, because I have a better understanding of the characters and I was actually looking forward to this movie, which I was not disappointed with. My review doesn’t go into much storyline details because for me it is a tad bit confusing. There are too many planets, enemies, battles, and time space problems, but is really easy to follow and understand… at the end. The acting along with the special effects are actually spectacular in 3D while the story is gripping enough to draw you in and forget you’re watching a two-hour movie. The whole movie is filled with one-liners that allow serious situations to appear light and comical. There are several deaths to important storyline characters, but everything leads up to an ending that will leave audiences with a few questions and a burning desire for the next movie.
The best part of the entire film for me was the Captain America cameo, while my only advice to anyone who goes to see this movie is stay for the two additional scenes at the end of the credits. They are both very important for future Thor storylines.
my star rating: 8 out 10