It has got to the point now where Marvel films are held with such high expectations that one would think it was time to break the trends of smash hits….alas this is not that time.
Thor: The Dark World is a continuation of both the original Thor film and a few links back to what occurred during The Avengers. The cast has returned with Chris Hemsworth once again lifting the hammer, Tom Hiddleston taking up the horns and Natalie Portman adding the human touch. Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save the day.
Visually, this work is spectacular. The effects teams have done an amazing job of giving the Greek god side of things a more realistic look. A good chunk of the film is based in London (principal production was done in Shepperton Studios) and the narrative is effortlessly woven into the unmistakable skyline. Also, the usually forgotten soundtrack stands out in numerous places adding to the fabric of the film and at times pushing you to the edge of your seat.
Performance wise, it is Hiddlestone’s Loki that really steals the limelight. Any scene he is in seems to have an extra edge. His ability to flick between emotions in a heartbeat comes into play a lot with what his character has to go through and without him playing the part I don’t believe this film would be as great.
This film has some genuinely hilarious moments, some light touches of emotion (but not too much to detract from the fact this is an action superhero flick) and enough cameos to keep the Marvel fans watching again and again.
It’s Kinda Cool Score: 5/5