Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)


Let me just start off by saying that if I had seen this movie trailer without having advanced knowledge to the contrary, I wouldn't have been so excited to see this film.

 Why? Well, I'm not ashamed to admit that Loki is my favorite superhero/villain and I'd hate to think the character was under-utilized in a Thor film. I believe that he's far more interesting of a character than Thor himself.

I know I'm not completely alone in my thoughts on the matter. When I saw this poster, I thought: Yeah, that is more like it!

So being secure in the knowledge that I'd be seeing my favorite character doing more than a 2-minute cameo in an Asgardian prison cell, I was able to sit back and enjoy the film. And to be honest, I did enjoy it a lot. I think it's one of the best super-hero movies I've ever seen, and even topped The Avengers in my book. (Which, by the way, you need to see before viewing this film because there are so many references to what happened in that film that I would go so far as to say that Thor 2 is a sequel to The Avengers.)

In a nutshell, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Midgard (we know it as "Earth") to check on his love interest Jane (Natalie Portman) who stumbled upon a mysterious vortex and managed to get infected by some rather interesting substance called The Aether.

It turns out that an ancient race known as "Dark Elves" led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) want this stuff in order to put the whole universe into darkness. Given the high threat level, Thor's dad Odin (Anthony Hopkins) puts Asgard on lockdown. Thor ends up having to do the last thing that anyone wants him to do: enlist the help of his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to escape from Asgard and try to stop the Dark Elves from using The Aether.

 Oh, did I mention that The Aether is actually a weapon so powerful that can't be destroyed? Yeah, things get interesting here.

Like the first Thor film, there is a lot of action combined with a lot of comedy that makes things very entertaining during the otherwise "dull" moments of an action film.

Visually, the film is gorgeous. Normally I don't care for a world filled with impossibly perfect-looking characters, but since Asgard is more fantasy than anything else, I'll make an exception for it.

Odin continues to be a stern papa, but we do get to see more of his wife Frigga (Rene Russo) and find out that she's much more than just a trophy queen. Thor is not quite as arrogant as he was in the previous films, but still a bit of a hot-head. Loki is portrayed more whimsical this time around, and revels in his role as the Trickster God. And the human characters... well, they are still human and have their expected merits and flaws.

Overall, I loved it. (Mind you, I'm not usually a big fan of superhero movies to begin with, so that should tell you something right there.)

Film Information: Thor: The Dark World

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