Hello comic fans the world over, Marc here. So this Friday I braved the first-night crowds to see Thor: The Dark World. I’m going to try not to spoil anything, and this won’t be super in-depth, because dinner won’t make itself, but here it is… I liked it.
I don’t think it was as good as the first Thor movie, which is in my top 2 for best Marvel movies, but it was definitely good. It didn’t have the strong interesting villain that the first one had, nor did it have the stream-lined story of the first movie. That being said, it did have terrific moments between Thor and his Midgardian friends, and some awesome and inventive action sequences, especially the final battle. The middle action scenes were a little tedious after a while, but the last one really won me over with its unconventional circumstances.
As usual, Loki stole the show, and there’s an argument to be made that this was really his movie. Excluding an exposition-y opening scene, he’s the first character you see in the movie proper, and the last. He’s more complex than in the Avengers movie, getting back to his conflicted good guy-bad guy schtick from the first Thor movie. He was definitely my wife’s favorite part of the movie.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I really love the interactions of Jane Foster and her science-crew, Darcy and the Swedish scientist-guy that was also in the Avengers. They are all really delightful as comic-relief and a grounding element in this Tolkien-esque fantasy fest. They also add a few new Midgard-dwellers to their ranks, which was fun. Also, I’ve got a crush on Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings, so I’m delighted. I mean, check out that sweater on Darcy!!!
Anyway, check out this movie if you’ve liked Marvel’s cinematic offerings. I thought it was a lot of fun, and didn’t suffer too much from Sequel-itis or losing Kenneth Branagh as director. And of course, stay until the very end of the credits, because there’s two teaser-trailer things, one in the middle of the credits and one at the very end. One sets up stuff for future Marvel movies and one finishes the story of the movie. Okay, one spoiler… “Meah-Meah” is mentioned in regards to Mjoilnir.