Thor: The Dark World
Reviewed by Mitchell Burns

Director: Alan Taylor     Starring: Chris Hemsworth           Also Starring: Kat Dennings
                                                        Natalie Portman                                     Stellan Skarsgard
                                                       Anthony Hopkins                                    Christopher Eccleston
                                                      Tom Hiddleston                                       Jamie Alexander
                                                      Rene Russo                                             Idris Elba

If I had to pick between a Thor, Iron Man, Captain American or The Hulk movie, I’d pick Thor in a heartbeat. Why? Because of the Strong characters and actors portraying them of course!
Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) himself is a pretty well-rounded character, interesting, heroic and funny in a fish out of water kind of way. Jane Foster is cute and quirky, but I’ll chalk that up to Natalie Portman, I don’t think the character is that interesting. Thor’s parents, Odin and Frigga, are awesome, played by two superstars, Hopkins and Russo.
Erik Slevig (Skarsgard), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and (the occasionally annoying) Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) round out the cast, but it’s Loki/Hiddleston that will always bring me back to any Marvel movie he’s in. Tom Hiddleston has helped earn Loki, the evil but debonair brother of Thor, a place in the villain hall of fame.
But how’s the movie surrounding these captivating characters? It’s entertaining; it delivers what it’s supposed to. It has Marvel written all over it, they don’t really try anything different here but why should they? Marvel knows how to keep an audience happy and I don’t see them trying anything different anytime soon.
That said, Thor: The Dark World is entertaining, exciting, thrilling and occasionally emotional, that I cannot deny. Asgard is breathtaking, the CGI, costumes, sets and props make the whole world that Thor and his family live in very appealing. Thor: works on a very strict routine: Action scene, Action scene, humorous moment (usually involving Kat Dennings), It’s not a bad method; it just gets tiring after a while, especially if you notice it early enough. It’s not as bad in this movie as it was in the first Thor; the first Thor seems almost like a different movie entirely. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s the same characters and we’ve had an Avengers in between, the difference between the first and second Thor would be quite jolting. 
Thor: The Dark World has a lot of other problems also, the humor becomes a bit much after a while, some of it becomes grating and it causes for some stupid scenes. Don’t expect much from the dialogue either, it’s just serves its purpose. Malekith, the villain played by Christopher Eccleston, is completely forgettable, his motives aren’t really all that clear nor are they very interesting. Malekith is played by a good actor, he’s creepy looking and so is his sidekick, Algrim/Kurse (Lost’s adewale akinnuoye-agbaje). It’s also frustrating that everything has to come back to earth, I love Asgard, but every Marvel movie feels as if it has to keep us grounded on earth in order for us to relate to the movie. 
One reason I really enjoyed this years The Wolverine is because it wasn’t about a superhero trying to save the entire world from utter annihilation. Another weakness of the Marvel movies is that they have to be saving the entire world from destruction, and in Thor’s case, the entire universe. Nothing ever happens on a smaller scale, and in a way that takes away from the anticipation, because the audience knows the bad guys aren’t going to win. We know that the world isn’t going to be destroyed. It also brings up a plot hole, if the entire universe is in peril, where are the Avengers? I understand not every movie can be an Avengers movie, but I don’t see Captain America, Tony Stark or Dr. Bruce Banner sitting at home in their PJ’s watching all of this go down on TV and just continue to eat popcorn. 
Allow me to harp on this movie for one more paragraph: This may be a bit spoiler-ish, if you want to skip ahead you can, but I’ll try to keep the spoilers as minimal as possible. One thing that I found frustrating is this whole Ether thing they have going on and the many coincidences they have surrounding it. It’s a complete coincidence the Jane Foster (Portman) is the one that goes through that little portal, right to where the ether is, and gets it sucked into her body. It was honestly a coincidence; I don’t see how anyone could argue differently. Then, the bad guy Malekith wakes up as soon as the ether enters Portman’s body? He has no clue where the ether is, but he’s connected to this ether somehow? Enough so that he awakens once the Ether does? It really doesn’t make sense. And I understand that Jane Foster went through that portal because the worlds were aligning, I understand the Malekith woke up because the ether went into Foster, but it’s all one HUGE coincidence. It would have been hilarious if Foster had the ether enter her body (Sounds sexual) and Malekith wake up and then he has to wait 30 years for the planets to align. 
 Also, someone explain why they wouldn’t just destroy the ether in the beginning? Why would they just put it on some completely unguarded planet?
But I digress; I’ll stop bitching, because in the end I had a lot of fun with this movie! I would definitely re-watch it with a couple friends and a couple beers and have a good time! I just can’t give Thor: The Dark World a pass, because that wouldn’t be fair, it has issues. 
If you’re a fan of past Marvel movies, you’ll enjoy Thor: The Dark World, guaranteed. 

My Grade: C

Thanks for Reading,

Mitch Burns, The Hollywood Persona

Spoilers below

Loki warns you of spoilers below

Well I may as well add to the conversation and touch on a few more topics that belong in spoiler territory. 
The first thing I might as well touch on is why I found Thor: The Dark World to be so emotional. The death of Frigga (Rene Russo) came as quite a shock to me. Marvel has a hard time killing off characters, and everyone’s reaction to this in the movie was interesting, Thor’s, Odin’s and Loki’s reactions all felt real and were quite interesting. 
I’m sad to see Rene Russo go, she’s a good actress and her character was underused, but I saw potential there. 
Another actor I’ll be sad to see go is Anthony Hopkins, at the end we see “Odin” sitting on the throne talking to Thor. Once Thor leaves, “Odin” transforms into his true self, Loki, who we thought was dead. I have a feeling Odin is still alive somewhere, but we don’t really know what’s going to happen with his character. As of now, a Thor 3 seems probable, but it isn’t confirmed yet. Let’s say it takes 3 to 5 years to get the next Thor movie made, assuming they well until after Avengers 2, the awesome Anthony Hopkins will be between 77 and 80. I wonder if the producers pushed for Thor 2’s ending in case Anthony Hopkins decides to retire, or he …(Knock on wood) … you know. 
Now, I liked and didn’t like the ending of Thor: The Dark World. 
What I liked: We already know that Avengers 2 will be Loki-free, so a Loki-heavy Thor 3 would be very warmly welcomed. Loki seems to finally have the throne he has coveted for so long, and I don’t see Thor allowing that to happen, so Thor 3 will probably be about Thor trying to save the throne from his brother and maybe save his father, Odin. It could make for a very interesting third installment/ 

What I didn’t like: I don’t quite understand Loki’s whole hologram thing, it’s interesting but I don’t think the creators have really explained it fully. I think the way I understand is that Frigga passed her hologram knowledge down to Loki, she taught him her ways, and they are the only two in the universe that can do that? It’s just a bit confusing. 
So did Loki actually die on that other planet? Obviously he didn’t, but it didn’t seem like he was a hologram there. The entire thing confuses me, and maybe they’ll explain it in the third installment, but for now… it just feels like a poorly drawn out scapegoat. 

As for the end credit scene(s), who cares, the first couple of movies it was exciting, now it’s just marketing. 

Thanks for reading!

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