Mighty THOR

MAR­VEL DOES IT AGAIN

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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.

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