Today’s blockbuster movies are superhero, action packed, save-the-damsel-in-distress movies. “Thor: The Dark World” is just what you expect from a superhero movie. There is the good guy fighting the bad guy while breaking a lot of scenery. Directed by Alan Taylor, who is known for producing TV shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Sopranos,” it is an action-packed, cliché, hero-saves-the-day movie. This sequel brings back all actors from “Thor,” Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman.
“Thor: The Dark World” is rated PG-13, and runs 112 minutes, the perfect timeframe to enjoy another chapter in the “Thor” legacy. The movie opened on Nov. 8, 2013, and the story line was a flop according to Forbes and The Los Angeles Times. There was too much action without reason. Moments without fighting or something breaking were few and far apart and short-lived. The movie focused on fighting the underdeveloped Dark Elves who wanted to turn the world into darkness. Without spoiling too much, I can say the good guys win after a big battle where it looks like the villain might actually get what he wants.
This does not mean that everything about the movie was unsuccessful. Character development and comedic breaks make the 112 minutes enjoyable. Hiddleston’s Loki was a major villain in the first “Thor” and in “The Avengers,” but this time the audience gets to see a different Loki. His character becomes something more than the bad guy. Loki is evil but he does care. It is interesting to see his character not be the main villain or even that much of a villain at all. Loki does not disappoint, with witty comebacks and commentary. Most of his lines are sarcastic and give the movie the funny edge it needed.
Hemsworth’s character, Thor, reaches a turning point towards the end of the movie. Thor is the main hero, of course, so we see him trying to save Portman’s character, Jane Foster, from the evil that decided her body was a good capsule. Thor makes plans and convinces his friends to help. This movie shows that Thor is not just a hammer swinging, brainless god, but that he can strategize. Thor also has his own funny moments when on Earth. One of the best moments is where he hangs his mighty hammer on a coat rack.
If you are a Marvel lover, I would recommend seeing the movie, which is in wide release. The action might be a bit overwhelming, but the characters carry the movie, making it enjoyable and funny. I would watch it again; however, if you are not a fan of superheroes, I would skip it. The movie was successful as a sequel, because it moved the characters and the story line forward. “Thor: The Dark World” is a movie all about the actors and their characters’ strengths, to which we can all relate.