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Thor The Dark World Movie Review
Thor's Lightning Strikes Twice
I wrote recently about my love of Thor.
In fact, I wrote that review in the very week that my pre-order of its sequel was winging its way to me in the post.
Well, I've seen it now (several times) and I'm happy to report that The Dark World is at least as good as the first outing, if not better.
So yes, lightning really can strike twice, but what makes it so good?
Once again, a new baddie is introduced, in a similar manner to the Ice Giants intro from Thor and once again, Thor must wield his mighty hammer to thwart the new threat to order.
Without going into detail, Christopher Eccleston is inspired as the embodiment of that threat, and in his make up (you'll see) I hardly recognised him.
And yes, once again, Loki is on the scene to "help out" ...and take advantage of almost every situation.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
However, that is where the similarities to Thor (and Avengers Assemble) end, and in my book, that's a very good thing.
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is re-introduced to us, at last.
Having been handily moved out of the way "for her protection" in the Avengers, she manages to get herself into trouble again.
Not only that, but the Earth and the rest of the Nine Realms are in trouble too, threatened by a terrible weapon that could spell doom for all.
Jane is suitably awestruck when she gets to hang around with the King and Queen of Asgard and there are some great little cameos with an old date. ;)
Her friends, Darcy and Dr Selvig make a welcome return, with much hilarity ensuing - but to tell you too much would be to spoil it ...so I'll shut up!
We get to see a lot more of Asgard this time round and each of the Nine Realms have their place, if only for a short while.
I would have liked to see more of those locations, particularly as it relates to Thor's friends, but perhaps we'll get that next time.
The original introduction to Thor and still one I watch regularly.
I think it really stands out from the rest of the series (although I still like them too), and my family agree with me.
Relationships All Hammered Out
We also see more of Thor's family and the strain placed upon them by an ancient enemy takes its toll, in more ways than one.
Tom Hiddlestone (Loki) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), apparently great friends in real life, are highly believable as brothers.
Their verbal and physical jousting provides plenty of humour - and intrigue too.
One particularly memorable sequence has them bickering during a chase scene reminiscent of Star Wars (you'll know it when you see it), so you'll spend as much time laughing and smiling, as you will wondering what's next.
I really like Heimdall in this outing.
He seems more 'human' somehow (pretty good going for someone who is immortal) and still just as loyal as ever, both to his friend Thor and to Odin, his king.
I don't know quite what they have done with him though, in that he doesn't seem nearly so "solid" this time round.
- In Thor, Heimdall always seemed to give the impression of being like an unassailable rock, physically and mentally.
He still is, sort of ...but just somehow ...oh, I can't quite put my finger on it...
If you prefer more fantasy than science (admittedly, Thor is on a somewhat blurred boundary between them), then you may like the Hobbit instead.
We saw this on the big screen and my kids can't wait to see it again.
Conclusions Of The Gods
Is The Dark World predictable then?
The answer is "yes", in some places, but "no" in others, and there's one twist (sort of two) which will really get you going!
There's a great historical setting for the final showdown, which I appreciated 'cause I'm a Brit, and this movie proves once more how much fun it is destroying ancient monuments.
A particularly nice touch relates to the Tube (our name for the London underground train network, if you're not familiar with it) and may only make you laugh if you're a local.
I hope you enjoy Thor The Dark World as much as I did.
I can thoroughly recommend it.
This One's 5 Stars
The Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer on this Blu-ray disk looks really good too, but I had to stop watching it as it veered dangerously close to spoiler territory.
If space is still your thing, then Gravity has won multiple awards and takes you close to the edge of, well, space.
Thor The Dark World Trailer
Here's the official trailer for T:TDW - he, he.
© 2014 Tim Bader