Enjoy Thor: The Dark World for What it is: Mindless Fun
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: November 8, 2013
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Run Time: 112 minutes
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
There are movies with a message: deep, attitude-changing films that cut straight to the heart and leave us better people for having seen them. But Thor: The Dark World is not one of those films—this one is just for fun. And what a lot of fun it is.
Thor: The Dark World picks up some two years after the original Thor left off. Scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, Black Swan) and her intrepid intern Darcy (Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah) are in London working on their crazy complicated science project (don't try to understand it; logic is not your friend in this one). While Jane and Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Rush) shared a few tender moments back in the day, she hasn't heard from him in a long time. He doesn't write, he doesn't call... apparently even having a superhero for a boyfriend can't make the course of true love run smoothly. She can't know he's been busy cleaning up the universe and pining away for her. But when Jane stumbles into a portal between worlds and picks up something nasty in the process, the big blonde with the hammer and cape comes zooming down from the sky to rescue her.
Of course, it's not as easy as Thor tries to make it look. There's the little matter of a Dark Elf with a grudge (Christopher Eccleston, The Seeker) who wants to destroy the universe and needs what Jane has in order to do it. Then there are family issues to deal with, like introducing Jane to Thor's parents and what to do about his pesky brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, War Horse) locked away in the dungeon post-Avengers. But never fear, this is a comic book story and all will come right in the end, though not without some losses along the way.
Hemsworth is again perfectly cast as the charming, too-gorgeous-to-be-true superhero who wields his supersized hammer with a twinkle in his eye. Whether they're defending the universe or committing acts of treason (in order to defend the universe), Thor and his fighting buddies always seem to be having a grand old time. Balancing Thor's earnest goodness is Loki, the black sheep of the family viewers can't help but like. Part snake in the grass, part puppy dog, Loki's antics are always intriguing and often humorous.
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