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, but then the rest of the movie is frickin’ awesome!
Director Alan Taylor does a great job crafting the tale together. I was happy to see Malekith was actually, well, Malekith. If you saw Iron Man 3, you will understand. It is an excellent addition to the Marvel series of movies. It got me excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, violence, and mild sensuality
- 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