Based on Characters Created By
A Marvel Studios Film
Superhero, Action, Adventure
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif
Zachary Levi as Fandral
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
Rene Russo as Frigga
Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig
Alice Krige as Eir
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.
With the first Thor movie taking a slow start to the character in order to build him up for the viewers, his appearance in Avengers Assemble really showed just how heroic and exciting the character could truly be so I was really looking forward to seeing just where they would take the character next in his second solo outing.
I have to admit that the first thing that struck me about this movie is just how different to the first one it is. Where Kenneth Branagh's movie took a slow but steady start to establish the characters before jumping in to the action side of things, this one drops you straight in to the action. That said, it was great to see the more action packed side of Thor's world.
Another thing that I liked about the movie was the fact that we not only got to see more of Thor's powers, we also got to see a little more personality from the other Asgardian's as well so that was a pleasant addition to the movie. I wanted to see more of Heimdall, played by the brilliant Idris Elba, but it was great to see him playing such an important role in the movie. We also got to see more of Loki's character as well and Hiddleston, as always, was in fine form here.
However, for me, the movie was ruled by the superbly menacing performance by Christopher Eccleston as Malekith. With the amount of prosthetics and make up on, Eccleston is nearly unrecognisable as the movies villain but you can nearly feel the menace dripping off of him when ever he is on the screen. This really added to the feeling that maybe, just maybe, the superheroes really weren't going to win so easily and this movie had that feeling in spades.
The low part for me however was the character of Darcy, played by Kat Dennings. Normally I really like Dennings and she has been in some of my favourite movies yet here her character really starts to grate on the nerves by the end of the movie itself. The humour from her character really did feel quite forced at times and, for me, it took away from the movie.
I was also taken with the superb twist in the ending as well. While watching there were quite a few scenes where I was wondering where they were going to go with the story after those twists but then there would be a great scene from out of nowhere that would completely change the face of the movie.
Thor: Dark World is definitely proof that there is a lot left in Thor's tank and I can't wait to see the next appearance of the iconic character.