Marvel’s cinematic universe has taken on a life of it’s own and has introduced a whole new world of people to the fantastic comic books which have long captivated people across the world. The latest entry to the canon comes in the shape of Thor: The Dark World the follow up to Thor and the third appearance of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone as the quarrelsome Asgardian brothers Thor and Loki.
The plot of the film follows on from the battle of New York seen in the Avengers and see’s Thor having to travel the nine realms putting everything to right that has gone wrong in his absence. Meanwhile Odin (Anthony Hopkins) has punished Loki by locking him in the Asgardian dungeon, which like all great cinematic dungeons has see through walls. What they don’t know is that a dark force is gathering in the shape of Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) the dark elf who has returned, having previously been defeated by Odin’s father and now wishes to complete his mission of bringing darkness into all 9 realm’s. Unfortunately the weapon that he needs to achieve that goal has found its way into possessing Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who stumbled upon it while attempting to reunite with Thor.
Like most of the Marvel films it is a plot that is quite frankly a little bit bonkers. However, it really doesn’t matter. While Marvel maybe don’t hit a 10 out of 10 every time they are getting to the point where at the very least they’re getting a 7 and Thor 2 is probably one of the better films they’ve released. Hemsworth and Hiddlestone are fantastic in their roles, with Hemsworth really inhabiting the slightly pompous and overly serious Thor down to perfection, while Hiddlestone’s portrayal as the seemingly mischievous but in reality utterly insane Loki is fantastic. The interaction between the two got more laughs from the audience than most comedy films I’ve seen this year and they appear to be having just as much fun as we are as they engage in their brotherly bickering. It’s the dialogue that really makes this film and fans of Avengers director Joss Whedon will be able to take a fair guess at the areas that saw his touch when he came into fiddle with the script during filming.
Recent superhero films, particularly Man of Steel, have suffered from having poor endings but The Dark World manages to mainly avoid that problem as the final battle doesn’t just turn into big men punching each other repeatedly in the fact and instead uses a rather ridiculous worm hole style effect in order to keep things fresh. While the very end of the film (and the post credit stings) suggests this won’t be the last stand along Thor film we get and also hints towards one of the characters set to feature in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film having their hands on some impressive power.
Marvel have once again pulled out a cracking film and Thor: The Dark World is probably one of my favourite blockbusters of the year. While it is unlikely to pick up many awards or shatter the critical paternity into submission with it’s brilliance it is hilariously great fun and if you go along and sit back and enjoy the ride I can’t see how you won’t have a good time.