When “Thor” hit a few years back, fans were extremely excited to see the first full on superhero flick from Marvel. I mean, sure, Iron Man and Cap are superheroes in their own right, but they were both just men, made better by science. Thor was a God, above mere mortals, with ridiculous powers and an awesome hammer. Though Kenneth Branagh’s film was decent, it lacked the epic scope people wanted, but it set up the world and relationships very well and we were all waiting for another trip to Asgard. With Alan Taylor taking over directing duties, we pretty much got what we wanted the first time around in “Thor: The Dark World.”
“The Dark World,” or TDW as I will abbreviate it, was a solid action comic book movie. Many have put it right up there with “Man of Steel” as one of the best of the year. I personally think MOS edged it out, but that’s my personal opinion. That said, TDW was just a great, fun film. I won’t repeat the story beats, but suffice to say, even with a big bad trying to destroy all life and light in the universe, this story was about Thor and his brother Loki and their relationship after the events of “The Avengers.” The dynamics are very well fleshed out and Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston both bring a lot to the characters. Just when you thought they really couldn’t delve any deeper, they continue to mine gold!
Not to be forgotten, the supporting cast all return and do fantastic jobs. Sir Anthony Hopkins embodies Odin, and Rene Russo gets a moment to shine as Frigga, the squabbling boys’ mother. Idris Elba gets to do more as Heimdal which was great, and Jamie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson return as Sif, Hogun, and Volstagg, with Zachary Levi taking over the part of Fandral this time around. Christopher Eccleston was underused as Malekith, but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was badass as Algrim/Kurse. Thor’s human companions return with Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgard all reprising their roles from the first film, with the latter still dealing with the aftermath of being mind-controlled in “The Avengers.” Everyone was able to up their game and add a little to their character for what little time some of them had on screen.
The action is intense, the story is actually fun and easy to follow, and the pace is well-balanced. What I really liked though was earlier in the film seeing some of the other realms. Alan Taylor added a sense of realism to Asgard and the other realms, while still maintaining the fantasy and sci-fi elements. When the movie comes to Earth again, it doesn’t lose any flair as the action is kinetic and still sci-fi/fantasy based. All in all, it was a really solid film and the true beginning of Marvel’s Phase 2.
Extras were kind of light with a two-part documentary, “Thor and Loki: A Brothers’ Journey” taking up the majority. There’s also an inside look at “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and some deleted and extended scenes. But the real extra everyone wants to know about is the new Marvel Short, “All Hall the King.” All I will say is, “Oh Trevor, you know not what you have wrought.” That is all. I can say no more!!!
So in closing, if you liked the film, just go get it. It’s worth it. If you haven’t seen it yet, then what are you waiting for? Go get it!