Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

(2013)

Marvel’s Thor returns in this post-Avengers battle to save Earth and all the nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that pre-dates the universe itself. Chris Hemsworth returns to the hammer, alongside Tom Hiddleston's Loki, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba under new director Alan Taylor (TV's Game of Thrones).

In the aftermath of Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012), Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos. But an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin (Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor's task will reunite him with Jane Foster (Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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With Iron Man 3 having demonstrated that a post-Avengers movie focusing on “only” one superhero can still be a heck of a lot of fun, it now falls upon Thor: The Dark World to reinforce that point. While this blockbuster never quite reaches the giddy heights of the unexpectedly awesome Iron Man 3, it's still a perfectly enjoyable exercise in superheroics, and much more fun to watch than Man of Steel.... More

Advance word promised more of Asgard this time around and, even more so than the first film, Thor: The Dark World qualifies as a space-bound adventure. There are awesome space ships, aliens (of sorts) and a number of different worlds.

The relationship between Thor and Natalie Portman's Jane is re-engaged after having been ignored for The Avengers and it once again provides the emotional thrust of the movie.

The film suffers for the familiarity of its Macguffin - it is yet ANOTHER infinitely powerful weapon that could destroy the universe. But the guy who wants to wield it - a “dark elf” played by Christopher Eccleston - feels relatively original.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki is often described as a “fan favourite”, but I, for one, am getting tired of his smirky shenanigans. Plus the film fails to come up with anything interesting for Thor's band of merry men to do - they were one of the best parts of the first film.

Director Alan Taylor - a Games of Thrones veteran - doesn't display Thor helmer Kenneth Branagh's talent for creatively-staged action or tilty camera-work, but he steps up to the task of lending everything the requisite gravitas.

I felt a little action starved in the first half, but Thor: The Dark World perks up considerably in the final third. It may lack the surprise of the first film, but Marvel Studios is still making the best superhero movies around.Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

The worst of the Marvel films so far, almost too serious for its own good, but still, as movies go, not too bad.


BY Colttany superstar

Love this one. Brilliant So excited the brothers are back. Yeeehaa



Another great Marvel product... fantastic production, graphics, continuity of interwoven Marvel stories and humour to boot.


BY CJRedshaw superstar

Great sequel to the original, this film further develops Thor's story while also tying up lose ends from other marvel movies. There is plenty of humour which Chris Hemsworth does so well as Thor. Lending to the swagger and confidence that comes from a young god like being that can harness the power of thunder and lightening at will! Thor & Loki's relationship takes a turn and the dark elves prove a formidable foe. While this is an action movie it defiantly does not rule out a date night with... More the girlfriend not forgetting the underlying growing love story that is growing between Natalie Portmans character and Thor. Great sequel and great potential for future marvel movies! Oh and stay until the very end of the credits for the final scene of the movie!!! there was only four of us in the entire cinema to see it!!!Hide


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