“Thor: The Dark World” (Action/Adventure: 1 hour, 51 minutes)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston and Anthony Hopkins
Director: Alan Taylor
Rated: PG-13 (Violence and some crude humor)
Movie Review: “Dark World” is the sequel to 2011’s “Thor” (Director Kenneth Branagh), which was more serious. This latest version is entertaining. Thor still lays down the hammer, but some unneeded funny moments are somewhat childish at times.
Several millennia ago, Dark Elves led by Malekith (Eccleston) attempted to send the universe into darkness by applying Aether, a liquid weapon of immense power. Asgardian warriors stopped the Elves, but Elves merely went into hiding. Enter Jane Foster (Portman) in a present-day United Kingdom. While waiting for the return of her love, the Asgardian god Thor (Hemsworth), Foster is unknowingly infected with the Aether. This awakens Malekith and the remaining Dark Elves who wish to plunge the universe into darkness once again.
Thor is a fascinating figure. Hemsworth plays him as well as this script allows. Commonly, it is Hiddleston, playing Loki, who steals the show as the master of deception. The two are estranged brothers, one good and the other evil. Their relationship fuels the film, especially when considering the actions of their father, Odin, played masterfully by Hopkins.
The film fails when it leaves the beautiful scenic moments of Asgard for Earth. When the setting changes to Earth, the human players are too silly at times, negating the seriousness displayed in previous scenes. Some of the inserted comedy are tedious jokes repeated far too often. These continuous moments are the lesser of the film.
While still good enjoyment, this film does not reach the potential that the first “Thor” offered. Again, several parts remain decent. The relationship between Thor and Loki, the beautiful visuals offered of Asgard and the action displayed. The rest is nominal material.
Grade: B- (Thundering still.)