Thor: The Dark World
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Run Time: 120 mins
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy
Opens November 8th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! What normally would be considered a summer blockbuster film, the next installment in the ‘Thor” franchise opens in theaters nationwide this week. Is the sequel as good as the original or “The Avengers”? Read on to find out.
Like “Iron Man 3”, “Thor: The Dark World” takes place post- Avenger incident in New York. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back on Asgard, keeping the peace in the nine realms. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is also back on Asgard but as a prisoner under Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) rule for his crimes against humanity. Thor and the gang have managed to keep things under control, but the young warrior can’t seem to forget about his lady love on Earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
Funny thing, Jan can’t seem to forget about Thor either, searching for any anomaly that will be able to open a portal or way to see him again. It appears that Jane may have her chance as there has been some funky occurrences with magnetic forces happening on Earth with the impending Convergence. What sounds like a horror film is actually the alignment of the 9 realms where the fabric of space and time is the most vulnerable.
Cue in evil elves. Way back before Odin’s time, Odin’s father fought a group of Elves led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). The elves were convinced that humanity was worthless and to restore order they needed to release the Aether to bring the Dark World. The Asgard warriors defeated Malekith before he could unleash the Aether, hiding it where it couldn’t be found and destroying the race of elves in the process.
A few of Malekith ships managed to escape before their home was destroyed and have been in a suspended state until the Aether was found. Jane Foster managed to stumble upon finding the Aether, having it merge with her body and waking up Malekith in the process.
Somehow this alerted Thor that Jane was in danger, so he brings her back to Asgard where Malekith finds them, attacking the city, palace and everything around them. Can Thor and Jane restore order before the Convergence starts of will all nine realms be lost forever?
If you’re not a comic book fan or follower of the series, the great quality about Marvel films is that you don't have to necessarily know the backstory of the character to understand the film. This film stand alone is entertaining; silly comedic moments, phenomenal special/ visual effects and fantastic creativity in set design, makeup and costumes. The story does take time to build momentum but builds to a point where the payoff is worth the wait. Some of the scenes seem a little “Star Wars”- ish in nature but works well within the context of the story. Be sure to catch “Thor: The Dark World” when it opens in theaters starting Friday November 8, 2013.