Thor: The Dark World

Posted November 8, 2013 by in


Total Score

2.5/ 5

Quick Stats

Director: Alan Taylor
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
Length: 112 minutes
Release Date: 11/8/2013
Studio: Marvel Entertainment (presents), Marvel Studios
What We Thought

Thor sequel has more computer effects than a video game, but skimps on story and characters.

by Daniel Hodgson
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Thor and Loki.  Two Norse gods who couldn’t be more different from one another.  Loki solves problems using psychology and deception, and Thor by smashing things with a hammer.  Thor:  The Dark World creates a situation where the two must work together.  It’s an interesting premise, but their team-up lasts a whopping two scenes.
     The story of Thor 2 concerns a super-villain’s confusing plan to turn all of the matter in the universe into dark-matter, destroying the universe as we know it in the process.
     Said super-villain is Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the king of the Dark Elves, a race which existed before the Creator said, “Let there be light.”  Malekith wants the universe to go back to the way it was, pre-light.
     As a movie villain, Malekith has no memorable monologues and leaves no impression.  He exists to give Thor (Chris Hemsworth) someone to beat in the face with a hammer.
     And boy does Malekith give him good reason to do so by offing Frigga (Rene Russo), Thor’s mother.  It’s an important moment in the film—a scene is devoted to a Viking funeral for Asard’s queen, and indeed, it’s a plot point.  But Frigga, like Malekith, has so little development that her demise will cause tears in only the most sensitive of souls.  Why not kill off Odin (Anthony Hopkins), someone who…you know, has screen time?
     The funeral scene is created with computer effects.  It’s a beautiful scene, but only on a visual level.  On an emotional level, it’s empty.  That best describes Thor:  The Dark World as a whole, a film more interested in dazzling special effects than good old-fashioned story and characters.
     Not that it’s a dislikable film, and it does have its moments.  Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a comic villain this time around, and Hiddleston gets better every time he plays the mischievous malcontent.  The climax is fairly interesting, with the final battle between Thor and Malekith waging across planets, as the laws of physics break down, causing holes between worlds to form.  For what moments it has,Thor:  The Dark World is an OK film, nothing less and nothing more.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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