Thor II: The Dark World

12 Nov

I never really liked the concept of Thor from Marvel Comics, which was at least partly why I never bothered to go see the first movie. But I liked his appearance in The Avengers (my favourite superhero movie) and I was encouraged to spend 30RM on a visit to Thor II.

For those of you who don’t know, Thor is the literal God of Thunder from Norse Myth, hereby semi-recreated as a powerful alien from an alternate dimension. In the first movie, I believe, Thor fell in love with a human woman called Jane Foster, only to leave her when he returned to Asgard (the home of the gods). Now, with the start of Thor II, Thor is involved in cleaning up the chaos spreading through the Nine Realms and Loki, his adopted brother, is in jail. Unfortunately, Jane accidentally reawakens the Dark Elves – creatures from the time before time who want to snuff out all life. Thor must stop them at all costs.

The movie is actually a fun watch. I enjoyed it. Particular mention goes to Loki; the actor playing him manages to create a more rounded character than he does in The Avengers, making snide remarks one moment and then deadly serious the next. It’s interesting to see that Loki has become more like Thor and Thor has become more like Loki, although I imagine that neither of them would be comfortable admitting it. Loki also gets most of the comic moments in the movie that actually work; in particular, when escaping from jail, he poses as various different characters, including Captain America.

Both Thor and Jane come across as real characters, as does Odin and most of the gods. It isn’t nice to see them dismissing Jane as unimportant, although it is quite in character for them. One character who doesn’t seem so interesting is the leader of the bad guys, who – despite raiding Odin’s halls himself – doesn’t seem to have a real backstory. Why exactly does he want to wipe out everything anyway?

There are plenty of neat little moments in the movie that actually work very well, but there are a handful of others that fall flat. One of them lies in the character of Darcy’s intern, a gangling fool who seems nothing more than an embarrassment (although he does have a moment of badass late in the movie.) Another lies with Richard, a bloke Jane took out to dinner at the start of the movie. Not a bad guy, but he can’t compete with Thor. But not all of the comedy falls flat. The argument between Loki and Thor as they fly their way out of Asgard is hilarious. Thor’s casual mockery of a rock troll-like thing is genuinely amusing.

That said, it is good to see that the main characters (even Loki) play a vital role in saving the world. And the ending of the movie sets up space nicely for the next one.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. You might too.

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3 Responses to “Thor II: The Dark World”

  1. Mark November 15, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    Did you notice that the main Dark Elf was Christopher Eccleston? A bit under utilized.

  2. WoodyTX December 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    The series of story arcs helmed by Walt Simonson in the 80s and 90s were epic, culminating in a premature Ragnarok.

    Here’s an example:
    http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2036544.html

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