Movies for Breakfast THOR THE DARK WORLD Review
With Iron Man 3 out of the way, it was time for Thor to return to a solo adventure. Sadly this movie continues a downward spiral for the Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.
Thor The Dark World released as the sequel to Thor and takes place after the events of The Avengers. Released in 2013 shortly after Iron Man 3, Thor The Dark World was direct by Alan Taylor and brought back actors Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Stellan Skarsgard to reprise their roles from the first movie. Introduced in this film are Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the ruler of the Dark Elves and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim a lieutenant of the Dark Elves.
Thor The Dark World takes place after the event of The Avengers, and has Thor return to Earth as a convergence of the nine realms leads portals to appear on across the realms to other worlds. One such portal leads Jane Foster to a powerful force known as the Aether, which connects with Jane and gives her immeasurable power. The awakening of the Aether brings forth the return of the Dark Elves who seek its power to bring about darkness to the nine realms. Malekith, the leader of the dark elves, is awakened due to the return of the Aether and focuses on obtaining it by tracking down Jane Foster. With the help of Loki, Thor is able to help protect Jane from Malekith and try and keep the Aether from him and find a way to remove is from Jane Foster to protect her.
When I saw Thor The Dark World in theaters I was not a fan, and watching it again I found the movie to be incredibly boring. The movie has a lot of exposition that is not as fun as it should be following norse mythology. Even the performances in this movie come off as some of the blandest seen from these characters, aside from Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. There is just nothing engaging about Thor The Dark World, and the plot seems so watered down that it comes off as the plot to a made for tv scifi movie. Even the villain is very generic, having no traits that stick out aside from being evil, he is easily the worst written villain in the entire MCU. There are no moments that stick out in the movie either, the whole movie ends up being a very bland mess in of itself. The film seems to be some kind of experiment to see how out of touch a film can be with moviegoers, and the results show for this as it is known as one of the worst Marvel Cinematic Movies to most.
The only redeeming factor of Thor The Dark World is getting to see Thor and Loki interact with each other. In the first Thor film they really only have a couple of moments together, and they don’t get to really dive into the relationship the two have with each other. Thor The Dark World does at the very least give us this, as Loki cares for the recent death of his mother, and he is willing to work with Thor to get revenge for her. Aside from that Thor is also willing to trust his brother once more even after the events of the first movie and The Avengers. The moments with them together are easily the highlights of the film, and even Loki’s snarky attitude and emotional throughout the film give Tom Hiddleston plenty of opportunity to show just how far he can take the role. Being able to bring a full range of emotion and personality to the character that the god of mischief deserves.
Thor The Dark World has a lot of potential by getting into a deeper history of Asguard and the nine realms, but just manages to miss every step it takes. Aside from some moments where we get to see Thor and Loki interact, the movie is a bland plot with an even blander bad guy, after a power source that is better explained in later films. If there are movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that can be skipped without missing out on anything, Thor The Dark World is at the top of that list. On any kind of Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch I suggest skipping this one under any and all circumstances.