Marvel’s latest outing is Thor’s second stand-alone film, taking place mostly in Asgard with the hammer swinging superhero (Chris Hemsworth) trying to save not only his home but all nine realms from seeing destruction at the hands of the new villain Malekith. Malekith is a dark elf, a race thought to be extinct until the alignment of the nine realms, known as the Convergence, awakens him.
The plot’s a little more complicated than it needs to be, but that adds to the fantasy element, I suppose. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) accidentally discovers an evil substance known as the Aether, which possesses her body making her Malekith’s number one sought after human (He needs the Aether to destroy the nine realms during the Convergence). Thor, in an attempt to protect her and try to remove the Aether from her, takes her to Asgard. When the plan starts to fall apart, Thor turns to his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who has been locked up in Asgard’s dungeon, for help.
Since the film takes place mostly on Asgard, the film tends to be one giant CGI-fest but thankfully never crosses the line too much. It’s never overwhelming. There’s a lot of humor in the film to balance it out and Thor and Loki’s chemistry is quite good.
The villain Malekith, played by Doctor Who‘s Christopher Eccleston, is a tad bit bland. He wants to destroy the nine realms but for what reason? Because he was defeated in battle so many years ago? Perhaps I missed the explanation for that but I honestly can’t remember why he wants to destroy the universe. And what’s his plan afterwards? Float around in nothingness?
One of my favorite elements of this Thor sequel is the time given to the side characters. Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, especially gets his time to shine. Along with Jaimie Alexander’s Sif, Rene Russo as Thor’s mother Frigga, Zachary Levi as Fandral and Anthony Hopkins as the King of Asgard: Odin.
I have to admit that I enjoyed the original Thor a bit more than the second installment but I still had a good time watching it. Keep an eye out for a fun cameo and be sure to stick around through the credits.
I give Thor: The Dark World a B+.