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Thor: The Dark World – Quick Review

Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World


Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Theatrical Release Date: November 8, 2013
Synopsis: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
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The Good

* The film's humor is genuinely funny.
* Loki rocks.
* Look for an awesome cameo from a friend of Thor.

The Bad

* The villain is somewhat uninteresting.
* The scenes featuring the human characters are often ridiculous, even by comic book standards.

Bottom Line

Thor: The Dark World has moments of greatness, but the majority of the film bounces between mediocrity and absurdity.

Posted November 7, 2013 by

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This quick review is spoiler-free.

Happy Thor’s Day! (You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to say that.)

First of all, let’s get the most important business out of the way, right from the start; yes, ladies, you do get to see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) shirtless. You’re welcome. Now, on to the rest of the review.

Thor: The Dark World starts off promising. The beginning of the film is set primarily on Thor’s home world of Asgard. The mixture of magic and technology used by the Asgardians gives the beginning of the movie a very Lord-of-the-Rings-meets-Star-Wars feel. The landscape of Asgard is beautiful and the people are vibrant.

There comes a point, however, when the story brings Thor to Earth, where Thor is reunited with his love interest from the original Thor film, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). For me, this was the beginning of an unrecoverable slide into mediocrity that the movie never quite recovers from.

Thor: The Dark World is at its best when Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is onscreen. In my opinion, Loki was the most interesting character in the film. Unfortunately, Loki does not play as large a role as the trailers would have you believe.

Conversely, Thor is at its weakest when focusing on the human characters. There were times where I felt the portions of the plot involving Jane and crew bordered on Scooby Doo levels of absurdity.

To put it plainly, the scenes with Loki are fantastic. The scenes with just Thor are good. And the scenes with the human characters are fairly weak. Thor: The Dark World needed more Loki, less Jane.

Thor: The Dark World isn’t a bad movie. But it definitely suffers from a scorching case of sequelitis. Hopefully Thor’s next outing, in The Avengers 2, will make up for his lackluster showing in this film.

If you do go to see Thor (and I think we both know you’re going to see it, regardless of what I have to say about it), be sure to stay through the credits. Don’t be fooled into leaving by the mid-credit stinger scene; Thor: The Dark World actually has two stingers and the second one, which follows the credits, is the better of the two.

Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.