MARVEL DOES IT AGAIN
LED by chiselled Australian Chris Hemsworth,
Thor: The Dark World is another hit from Marvel, packed with everything you could possibly want from a movie, let alone a comic book sequel.
The 2011 film Thor effectively launched Hemsworth’s career as the ripped hammer-wielding Norse god, and in its sequel, set after the events of The
Avengers, Earth isn’t the only place in danger. The entire universe is now in jeopardy thanks to the awakening of the Dark Elves, who ruled before the Big Bang and want to return everything to darkness.
As their pointy-eared leader Malekith, British actor Christopher Eccleston is effectively sinister and his white-masked minions are just creepy.
On the ground they’re reminiscent of the Orcs from Middle-earth, while in the air, their ships are kind of like revamped spacecrafts from Star Wars.
The story itself is complex, but the timing is just right that Malekith might actually pull this off.
With Thor’s human love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and his home of Asgard in mortal danger, the god of thunder has no choice but to turn to his untrustworthy and imprisoned brother Loki for help.
Loki is just a joy to watch. British actor Tom Hiddleston has really found his groove in the role and his sarcastic wisecracking and dubious allegiance make playing the baddie (or is he good now?) look like so much fun.
While he’s responsible for a good chunk of the film’s laughs, comedy does feature a surprising amount for a movie filled with such impending doom.
Hemsworth still nails the fish-out-of-water comedy, while fan favourite Kat Dennings is thankfully back as blase intern Darcy.
The film does play on the audience’s familiarity with these characters, also bringing back Stellan Skarsgard as a now somewhat bonkers Dr Erik Selvig, and Portman’s inquisitive scientist Jane.
But there’s a lot that’s different from the Kenneth Branagh’s original Thor movie. The stakes here are much higher, and while it still boasts an impressive amount of special effects, this sequel still feels very gritty in comparison. Perhaps it’s due to director Alan Taylor, an accomplished television director who also wrote and produced episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 of
Game of Thrones. Marvel set the bar high with The Avengers and Thor:
The Dark World delivers. It’s got the laughs, the action and the romance all tied together with charismatic performances, particularly from Hemsworth and Hiddleston.
In effect, it’s a thoroughly entertaining combination that leaves you eagerly anticipating the next post- Avengers instalment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Thor: The Dark World opens today.
Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth.