Thor: The Dark World is the sequel to Marvel’s Thor and part of Marvel’s second phase initiative. It follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he deals with the aftermath of Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers as the destruction of the Bifrost (the rainbow bridge) has caused war to break out through the 9 Realms. As Thor battles to restore order an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that is stronger than any he has faced before Thor embarks on a journey that will reunited him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
All in all this movie has no problems standing up with all of the other Marvel movies in their universe. Like other Marvel movies it has its very funny moments, and the bulk of this humour is led by Loki and his relationship with Thor. The humor in this film helps tone down the seriousness of their situations, but in away the helps highlight the characters flaws where in even the direst of situations they can still crack a joke. I think this does nothing but add to the characters because it adds a human element to them where they are not always being serious but can have relationships, make fun of each other, and share a laugh. Keep in mind however that the humor in this film is less about the characters telling each other jokes, and more about witty lines or funny scenarios geared towards making the audience laugh.
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Aside from the humor I found that the plot took a back seat to the growth of characters in this film. In my opinion this is a good thing for Marvel to do with their solo films because they only have so much time to develop these characters. With comic books you have the opportunity to get multiple comics a year and have much more opportunity to explore characters, but with these big budget films there is much less time to show these characters growing. I would much rather see these characters grow in their solo movies then in a movie like The Avengers. This is not to say that the plot of this movie was not good, just that I found that the villain was down played to highlight Thor and his relationships.
As a whole I felt that this movie was visually amazing. I did not see it in 3D however because I have never felt that it has added much to films for me, but as you explore the different realms with Thor each one has its own distinct look and feel. So much more of the movie takes place in Asgard and you finally get to see more of it.
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But if I keep going on I’m probably going to give something away, so I’m just going to say go see this movie. If you liked the last Thor or The Avengers you will most likely enjoy this movie. As far as sequels go I feel that this movie is just as good, if not better then Thor. A must see!
*Keep an eye out for some great cameo’s and also the 2 after credit scenes. One half ways through the credits and one at the very end, they are both worth waiting for.