Following the storyline from Thor to The Avenger’s and back to this current Thor film, we find Odin’s Son in the midst of cleaning up the mayhem and destruction his half-brother Loki created. It is some months after he left The Avenger’s and over two years since he left his newfound love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth. Always thinking of her no matter what world he is on, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shocked to find that she has left Earth.
Traveling to the planet, he finds her dazed and infected with a weapon of sorts. In a world of technology, she cannot be cured. So he whisks her away to his home of Asgard in hopes of finding the truth and saving her mortal life.
Of course, this only prolongs the amount of trouble she is in as enemies from the past emerge. Dark Elves and their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) awake to find a universe that has forgotten them, so they set forth a new introduction led by a path of destruction. War breaks out as the Asgardian realm is caught unaware that the life of a human woman and the possible annihilation of their universe hangs in the balance. Old grudges are awakened then quickly put aside as anger, redemption and selfish revenge take hold.
The eighth film from the Marvel catalogue since the rebirth with Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World strives to attain a huge weekend at the cinema. This new chapter brings much to the table including characters and graphics are solid with an interesting storyline arcing through this comic book realm. Though I must say, the ending was a bit of a let-down for me, not the result mind you, but how we got there. I felt no emotional tie to this Thor or even to Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of Odin. They both felt stiff, though I’m not sure where in the development they lost me. In addition, the film's plot starts a couple storylines that go nowhere including a love triangle that never was.
Did I have fun though? Sure. Thor: The Dark World has lots of action, fantasy and graphics to feed the masses. Most of which, will be running to the theaters in hopes of a glimpse of Avenger’s past and future. I do expect to see a large box office as well, but not quite in the Iron Man range.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 1hr 51mins.
Movie Trailer - Thor: The Dark World