What is now known the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings us Thor The Dark World, a sequel to the first film with Chris Hemsworth as well as Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers.
Thor is now pitted against the Dark Elf Malekith, who at one time tried to engulf the universe in total darkness. When Dr. Jane Foster finds the Aether, a secret weapon that can give the Dark Elves the ability to carry out their plan, Thor takes Jane to Asgard. The Dark Elves attack and in the process Thor’s mother Frigga is killed. This leads Thor to ally with Loki, but he too is killed by Malekith.
Soon, the fate of the universe is at hand with the Dark Elves attacking Earth and preparing for the coming darkness.
The first five minutes are great, then the next fifteen minutes are boring, and while the movie picks up from there, it does not continue with the momentum of the first Thor film. Every time I watch it, I like it less and less. Director Alan Taylor does a great job crafting the tale together, but it still leaves you scratching your head. I was happy to see Malekith was actually, well, Malekith, though less scary than he is in the actual comic books. While it did not thrill me, it did make me excited for the next Marvel film.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Long before the birth of light, there was darkness…
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- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Anthony Hopkins as Odin
- Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig
- Idris Elba as Heimdall
- Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim / Kurse
- Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
- Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
- Zachary Levi as Fandral
- Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif
- Rene Russo as Frigga