Having proven himself worthy of wielding the Mjolnir in the previous movie, Thor must now protect the Nine Realms from Malekith, leader of the dark elves. Malekith seeks to control the Nine Realms by harnessing the power of Aether, and Thor must do whatever it takes to stop him. Read Review & Watch Thor 2013 to watch now
Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Zachary Levi as Fandral, Stellan Skarsgard as Professor Erik Selvig, Renne Russo as Frigga, and Ray Stevenson as Volstagg among others.
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Thor: The Dark World is a really enjoyable movie, especially when you compare it to its prequel. It is also a better-looking movie and not just special effects. Some of the backgrounds and sceneries are just fantastic and there were some really great scenic shots in the movie. There were times when people zap from one location to the other and you’re just blown away by how cool the world looks.
You also get to see a lot more of Thor in action in this film. It felt more freeing as compared to the first movie which seemed a bit confined as Thor was struggling all the time to get his power back. The makers also seemed to have realized that Loki is awesome. He is such a fun and interesting character and we get to see more on his relationship with Thor in this movie. Thor and Loki trying to coexist and find a solution to the problem seemed to us to be the strongest point in the movie.
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Chris Hemsworth is great as Thor in the movie, and at this time there’s no one else you can really see playing the character. The filmmakers definitely deserve praise for grounding Thor the way they did to make him more relatable, because he is so out there – literally and figuratively.
Idris Elba is pretty cool in this film too. His character is even more badass than he was in the previous one. Anthony Hopkins is great as Odin. Rene Russo also has her moments and she gets to do a lot in this movie. Natalie Portman is pretty good too except for the whole human-demigod angle which still doesn’t quite seem to work. There was some comical relief provided by the character of Darcy Lewis played by Kat Dennings, except that you don’t find her presence comical or relieving. There also was the whole romance thing brewing with her and the new intern which felt completely unnecessary.
The still are some scenes that are funny, especially the ones where Thor is interacting with humans. He is a misfit on Earth and the film exploits on that pretty well to convert it into good humor.
The action scenes in this movie exude splendor. There are a lot of them and they are very well shot. It was really great to see that because that is what was lacking in the first Thor movie. The interplay between him and Loki is fantastic, we just wish there was more of it.
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The biggest problem with the movie though is the villain – Malekith. He comes off completely uninteresting, cheesy, Star Trek series single episode villain. He lacks personality, which is the key characteristic you look for in a strong villain. Nowhere throughout the movie does it appear that he is invincible, which was frankly disappointing; especially that we transition from Loki to him.
Nevertheless, we really enjoyed the movie and felt that it was better than the first part. The makers actually did improve a lot and rectified many mistakes from the previous one. All in all, the movie is not without its flaws but it still is a pretty good movie and definitely, a must watch if you are a Marvel fan.