FILM REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World

Thor The Dark WorldSo with Thor: The Dark World almost upon us, here at Geek Syndicate we got into an early screening to give you the lowdown. Check out our review below…

DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor
RUN TIME: 112 mins
RELEASE DATE: 30th October 2013
CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Adewale Akunnuoye-Agbaje, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander


Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” 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 us all.

Set a couple of years after the first Thor film, and some undisclosed time after The Avengers, the new film shows Thor, The Warriors Three and The Lady Sif battling to bring back peace to the Nine Kingdoms after the destruction of the Bifrost. With peace restored and Loki imprisoned for the rest of his life it seems all is good at Asgard. Back on Earth, Jane Foster is trying to move on with her life after seemingly being abandoned by Thor. This is with a bit more success than Dr Erik Selvig who is showing the after effects of having a god in his head! So far so good, until Jane accidentally stumbles across an ancient weapon, which then wakes up the baddies of the film – The Dark Elves. These elves were defeated by Asgard many thousands of years ago, and were put into hibernation by their leader Malekith. However their long nap has not squashed their need for vengeance at all, and with Malekith determined to destroy Asgard, Thor must team up with Loki to save not just their home but all of the nine worlds too.

This film is very mixed, it is a lot darker than the previous Thor movie with a couple of emotional scenes, however in order to compensate for this it means the film makers have put in much more humour as a result. Quite a bit of this is the sparring between Thor and Loki who come off quite believable as squabbling siblings, and both Hemsworth and Hiddleston seem very at ease in their respective roles.

The Dark Elves are an interesting and foreboding enemy, and Christopher Eccleston dives into the role of playing Malekith and really makes the character his own. The scenes set on Asgard were beautiful and brilliantly imagined, and it was wonderful to have a film with scenes shot in London and Greenwich, even if some of it was blown up – those naughty Elves!!

However I have some niggles with the film: Natalie Portman just seemed to be playing the damsel in distress for a lot of the film, and only became useful right near the end which was frustrating. I also felt that Hiddleston’s Loki was sorely underused as was Skarsgard’s Dr Selvig, both brilliant characters who I felt could have been utilised more, especially Selvig who started off a strong character but turned into a just a big joke in this movie.

But that aside I really did enjoy this movie, but maybe not quite as much as I thought I would have. However I think a lot of this is due to the legacy of The Avengers, which was such a brilliant film that anything after it doesn’t’ seem to be able to compete (Iron Man 3 for example, was good but Stark I think was better in The Avengers). I do wonder if I would have loved Thor: The Dark World more had it not been for The Avengers. Also a couple of parts which should have had me blubbering didn’t, not even a little bit and I’m 7 months pregnant!

However all in all another good addition to the Marvel universe and one that you should definitely go and see on the big screen – kids and adults alike……Oh and make sure you stay past the credits too.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Darkphoenix1701

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