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Thor: The Dark World

Friday 1 November 2013, 16:25

Rhianna Dhillon Rhianna Dhillon Movie Critic

Thor 2

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring one of the most beautiful men who could pull off long hair and a cape and full of tongue-in-cheek Marvel references, Thor was fantastic. It was exciting, it felt fresh and was the only film which could legitimately make Idris Elba hotter by giving him burning orange eyes.

Heimdall.jpg Idris Elba's beautiful eyes

Can Thor: The Dark World live up to expectations? It takes place about two years after the events of Thor. Deep breath everybody. On Earth, scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is bereft of her hunky Asgardian prince (That’s Thor by the way), Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) has been spotted running starkers around Stonehenge after having had a god in his head in Avengers Assemble, Darcy the intern (the perpetually sarcastic Kat Dennings) has her own intern to mess with and Chris O’Dowd makes a fantastic cameo as a hopeful date for Jane (a relationship which I’m almost rooting for more than her and Thor). On Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is battling a tremendous war with some extras from Star Trek and The Fifth Element, which explains his two year absence, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is in prison and the king, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) has a different eye-patch and is looking for an heir. While Jane is following a lead on the whereabouts of Thor, she accidently absorbs an explosive, all-encompassing energy, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything in existence.

Thor: The Dark World trailer

I’ve come to expect certain things from the Marvel movies, like a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour, rude, off-the-cuff comments, nice little references and teasers to their other films and a fair bit of camp action. Thor 2 seriously under delivers on the comedy front, the humour mainly coming from Darcy, the intern who seems a lot more on the ball that most of the other characters who are supposed to be experts in their fields. Loki is the greatest source of entertainment, his journey from prisoner to apparent hero is quite astonishing and Tom Hiddleston’s charisma and mischievous shines through. He gets the best lines and executes them brilliantly. He’s the kind of anti-hero you’re rooting for throughout, even if he did try to kill his father… The illusions he creates for us mere mortals to marvel at are engaging and fun.

The other villain, Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves and played by a heavily made up but strangely still recognisable Christopher Eccleston, is terrifying and incredibly powerful. He breezes into Asgard as easily as if he were invited and his weapons are fantastically unique; they create mini black holes, sucking in and destroying anything and everything within a two metre radius. These bits were my favourite, they were original. Chris Hemsworth comes across in this, as Alice Levine said, as a bit of a meathead. The quirky attitude of Thor in the first film is replaced by the weird contrast of muscly, overbearing ineptitude. A lot of the film was set in London, which was a change from New York – it’s always fun to see your city destroyed by aliens (you start to feel left out otherwise) and there are some beautiful scenes on Asgard, notably a funeral – I won’t say whose (there’s a teaser if ever I saw one).

A bit of a disappointment but still packed with goodies, baddies and enough action to tide you over until Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

3 Star 3 Star

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