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“Thor: The Dark World” – Review (POSITIVE)

November 8, 2013

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 10.06.04 PMThe Mighty Avenger is back, in his second solo adventure! The journey into the mystery (see what I did there) goes further into the other realms of the universe. Dark forces, monsters, and of course the God of Mischief stand in the way of our mighty hero to save not just a world, but all worlds.

Thousands upon thousands of years ago there was an evil race known as the Dark Elves, lead by the vicious Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who vied for one powerful element, the Aether. A liquid energy source that give the host full control of all dark power. Thanks to the brave fight by Odin’s father Bor, the Aether was taken from Malekith, and hidden away forever…

Until Jane Foster, for reasons best left explained when you see the story unfold, comes into contact with the Aether, and is now the host. Malekith awakens from a dark slumber and seeks his prized possession. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Jane, as promised, and whisks her away to Asgard to solve this mystery shrouding the Aether and herself. With Malekith closing in, Thor will risk everything, and reteam with an old foe to stop Malekith, who you ask? Why Loki (Tom Hiddleston) of course, and naturally nothing is as it seems when Loki’s involved.

So, the first thing you’re probably asking is, what is Malekith’s motive? With this Marvel movie, it’s not as complex as Loki or even Aldrich Killian/The Mandarin for that matter, Malekith is simply evil. He’s evil for the sake of being evil, and what does evil want? POWER. And to be perfectly frank this is where the movie hit’s it’s weakest point, the development of its villain. But, with every ying there’s a yang, and thank god for Loki (no pun intended). But, in Malekith’s favor, at least he didn’t go out like Whiplash from “Iron Man 2”, you know, ‘You lose’. So stupid.

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 10.08.29 PMLoki is the saving grace of this film, he’s not a villain here, after turning bad in the first film, then going fucking mental in Avengers, what is there left for this character? Finding a common ground with the hero, and without spoilers, both he and Thor have a score to settle with Malekith. But, what is Loki really planning? Banner said it best, ‘his head is a bag of cats’, and I’ll just leave it at that. Tom Hiddleston continues to find new ways to give us a brilliant, not mention, iconic character in the superhero genre. One can only hope that Loki gets his own movie, but I doubt that. Perhaps a Marvel One-Shot?

The stakes are high, and it’s the typical high, stop the bag guy, save the world(s). The special stuff that’s in this movie isn’t really it’s diabolical plot, it’s the characters we’ve come to love and their growth in a post Avengers world. Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) is rightfully scared after having a God in his mind, Thor is a bit wiser, the Warriors three are better than ever, and we see another layer behind the all father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). That’s why I enjoyed this movie.

It’s a step up from the first film, in a sense that it’s not so condensed in one space. As a Marvel fan, I’m happy to see that Marvel is reaching above and beyond the cosmos, and don’t forget to stay after the credits, because if you’re curious to see how far into the cosmos we go, you’re in for a real treat, one might say you’re journey will take you into another…’galaxy’? Fun movie overall, not the best MCU flick, but a fun one none the less.

3D GRADE: C-

MOVIE GRADE: B

FINAL GRADE: B

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