Thor: The Dark World FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios present a 112 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, fantasy, directed by Alan Taylor, written by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus with a theater release date of November 8, 2013.
The Dark Elves are once again out to take control of Asgard, the home planet of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his family, father King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), mother Frigga (Rene Russo) and his evil untrustworthy brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is at war with the Gods and is out to obtain an ancient force known as the Aether, with this force he could destroy their universe and cast it off into darkness forever. The God’s have taken possession of the Aether and have buried it in a secure area hopefully not to be found by anyone ever again.
Well she may not be an evil lord but when Doctor Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her colleagues Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and a new intern Ian Boothby (Jonathan Howard) find an odd worm hole in an abandoned factory area in London Jane’s world changes once again. Not only does she bring back the Aether to earth, London to be exact, but after two years of absence Thor once again appears as well. Jane is engulfed in the Aether and when anyone tries to harm her, meaning it, the force fights back, leaving Thor no choice but to take her back to Asgard for help and protection. Once Malekith discovers that she is the Aether he will stop at nothing to get her.
Loki is held prisoner on Asgard for his crimes and new prisoners are brought into their jails but it’s not much later that a prison break occurs and a riot breaks out on Asgard. Once Thor discovers that Malekith is out to destroy Asgard he bands together with Loki to protect their civilization and take revenge for the horrific murder of their mother. Since Odin will not participate in the war Thor along with his warriors and Loki goes against the King’s wishes ultimately conducting treason against Asgard. Thor knows it is the only way to protect Asgard and stop the evil Malekith before it’s too late.
In the meantime Jane has sought out the help of Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) on Earth since she knows that Malekith will be coming to seek her out and destroy the planet. As Malekith’s ship lands in Greenwich, London, Jane and her colleagues along with Thor fight to stop Malekith. In the end all does not appear as it seems with one down and five to go.
I thought this rendition of Thor was much better than the first although it does have one or two sleepy moments in the story. The direction is well done and the writing is captivating and suspenseful, keeping you wondering what could happen next. There are more special effects and a much heavier story line that I believe really works but in the end the twist will definitely have you contemplating what just happened. Remember to stay through the credits since the set up for the next Thor is awaiting your attention. Great cinematography, score and much more visual effects, the 3D was even worth the almost 2 hours in the theater, although the film could have survived without 3D as well. Either way the mixture of levity and seriousness that surround Thor’s world works very well, making the audience laugh and gasp throughout the story. Of course there are a number of giggles and heavy breathing when Thor decides to wash himself in a fountain, would you expect any less. Yes he is cut like a rug! Why wouldn’t the director use this scene to entice the female audience members and some males?
Hemsworth is perfect as Thor and really does a phenomenal job mixing his emotions when needed from humor to anger at the drop of a hammer. Portman was much better in this film than the last Thor since the writers gave her a bit more back bone and authority. Hiddleston is perfect playing the evil brother allowing the audience to see him as kind and evil all in one. Would been nice to see more of him though than spending time in jail! Hopkins and Russo are superb as the parents as are Skarsgard although at times Hopkins appears a bit disinterested. Dennings and Howard as the sidekicks to Portman’s character along with Skarsgard add much to the comedic aspect of the story which in my opinion all of them could have been given more lines. Eccleston was also perfection making evil look like a nightmare out for destruction of anyone or anything that gets in his way. As for the warriors Alexander, Levi, Stevenson, Asano, Elba and the evil Akinnuoye-Agbaje these actors were all pivotal to the plot helping to make this Thor better than the last and worth a run to the theater to see this movie on the big screen. Written with three paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.