Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Story Line: Thousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors from Asgard stopped them but their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escaped in order to fight another day. The warriors find the Aether and since it can't be destroyed, they try to hide it. Present day, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) awaits the return of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) but it's been two years. He has been busy trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth the first time. She goes to investigate and finds a wormhole in an abandoned warehouse and is ultimately sucked into it and lands in a different realm. Thor learns from Heimdall (Idris Elba), the one who can see into all of the realms that Jane has disappeared from Earth. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane returns, five hours later. But when some policemen try to arrest her, a huge red energy burst occurs knocking Jane and the policemen down. Thor disobeys his father and brings her to Asgard to find out what happened to her. When it happens again, they discovered that Jane has been infected by the Aether. Problem!!!

Disclaimer: I am a huge Thor fan from mythology. I have not read any Thor comic so my love of the character solely comes from reading stories about the Norse gods. I am a huge dork like that so I am coming from a place of respecting Marvel and loving mythology. So I was thrown off when during the movie Odin says that they are not gods. Um.....what! Oh and Thor has red hair if I recall it correctly. 

There were great moments of humor as many of the Marvel movies have. When Jane first sees Thor you cannot help but to cheer for her. The concept of all the 9 realms merging every five thousand years was executed well conceptually and visually. Loki was up to his usual tricks in this movie but you can see that he does genuinely care for his brother but his thirst for power constantly drives him to make poor choices. Then you have Thor who is always striving to do things right that sometimes his plans go astray because he is too stubborn to listen to others. 

The dark elves looked creepy and made me think about Michael Meyers. Don't you agree. 

I do not want to give away any spoilers but definitely check it out and be prepared for some bad moments for Thor. They really test his character and force him to make decisions that no one should have to make. S/N: Frigga (Rene Russo) truly makes that character awesome and truly is a fighter. She can wield a sword with the best of them. 

The movie was overall enjoyable. You do not need to see it in IMAX 3D. There were no special effects which was sad because there were a lot of times that Thor's hammer was flying around which would have been perfect for the 3D effects. Oh well. All original actors are back which is good and you have a brief moment and time where you see Captain America. The movie of coarse had something after the credits so stick around for that. It will basically set up the upcoming Avengers story. Let me know your thoughts. 

Weird thought: If Bifrost is also known as The Rainbow Bridge, is this where Nintendo got their idea of Rainbow Road for Mario Kart?


  1. Didn't know you were into mythology. Your overall coolness factor just went up. Great review by the way.