Thor: The Dark World Review – A Little Humor Goes A Long Way
Let’s face it, most people will probably go see Thor: The Dark World to see Loki… No? Ok fine, I went to see Thor: The Dark World mostly to see Loki. To be honest, I liked the first Thor movie fine, but I wasn’t blown away by it. And so I didn’t really know what to expect from the sequel and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it.
Before we delve into the meat of the review, I want to clarify one thing: as someone who hasn’t read the Thor comic books, most of my knowledge of the character and its universe comes from the movies and so my review will be written from that point of view. So with that out of the way, let’s talk about the sequel.
Thor: The Dark World takes place after the events of Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers. A new foe, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), threatens to put the Nine Realms into darkness, which leads Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to go on a journey to stop him and forces him to team up with none other than Loki (Tom Hiddleston). His journey also reunites him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who gets tangled in Malekith plan. Once again, it’s up to Thor to save the universe.
What made the movie so enjoyable was the humor that they injected in the story. Similar to what makes Iron Man and The Avengers so much fun, I enjoyed the tone of the movie quite a lot. While it does have darker and more serious moments, the added layer of humor is very welcome and brings the movie to a new level of entertainment that the first one didn’t have.
The movie also did a good job of leveraging the popularity of Loki, he was used very wisely in the film. Without losing his deceitful side and keeping him a supporting character to Thor, they were able to integrate him in the film perfectly and add a new layer to the character that was very welcome. I won’t go too much into what that was because that would spoil the film, but if you’re a fan of Loki, you’re going to love him in this.
As for the humans, namely Jane Foster, Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Erik (Stellan Skarsgård), they are all back plus a new intern. Without a doubt Erik and Darcy are my personal favorites of the group, but Jane has some good moments as well.
In terms of story, I enjoyed the fact that Thor had his hammer throughout the film, unlike in the first film, and the conflict was more compelling to watch because of it. Having a foe possibly as strong, if not stronger, than Thor will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.
While Thor: The Dark World is not perfect, I really loved the whole experience and enjoyed myself immensely. I would even be tempted to watch it again and that doesn’t happen too often for me these days. And let’s just say that I’m totally in for Thor 3, if that ends up happening (I’m pretty sure it will).
So if you’re in the mood for some superhero action, mixed it with a bit of Iron Man/The Avengers humor, and a big hammer, Thor: The Dark World is a safe bet for you this weekend.
Extra Scenes: Oh and make sure to stay through the credits for two new scenes, one in the middle of the credit and the second one at the end of the credits.
If you need to figure out some of the necessary prequel materials to be familiar with before seeing Thor: The Dark World, you should check out Jordan’s November 2013 Movie Prequel Guide.
Thor: The Dark World is out in theaters today, November 8th. You can watch the trailer for the movie below and also find more photos here.