By Brooke Whitaker
The perfect mix of fighting, fanservice and sassiness all staged within gorgeous cinematography and flawless special effects and played out by a great cast? Yes, please! Alan Taylor’s “Thor: The Dark World” proved a worthy sequel to the beloved original chapter in the Marvel universe’s Avengers series.
The cast, in fact, was what actually made the movie for me. The special effects and cinematography were wonderful (spectacular, in fact), but they would have been pointless if the audience was too busy distracting themselves from how bad the acting was. This was most definitely not the case with “Thor.”
Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (the ever-popular Loki) and many others are back for the sequel of the ridiculously–popular original. Joining the cast for this second movie is Christopher Eccleston (who many recognize as the ninth doctor from the popular British sci-fi series “Doctor Who”), who plays the villain of this movie: Malekith, the king of the dark elves bent on returning darkness to the universe.
This is a sequel, and it was quite interesting to see how the characters have developed since the audience has seen them last. The lapse in time between this movie and the first “Thor” is said to be two years in the movie, but the difference this time makes in the characters is tremendous.
Thor has matured since the first movie, perhaps as a result of the battle of New York featured in “The Avengers.” Where once there was a battle-eager but affable oaf, the audience now found someone who was much more thoughtful and mature. This change is so drastic that the man who had previously cried “Another!” in a coffee shop has turned into someone who actually had to be told to go get drunk with the rest of his warriors by Odin.
The cause of this change is hinted at by Jane, who has not changed from the scientist seen in the first movie. The change that Loki goes through in character development is probably the most subtle. Interestingly enough, Loki is not the main villain in this movie as he is in the previous movies where he is featured, though he is in prison for a good portion of the movie.
In fact, Loki actually helps Thor (though his motives remain unclear they turn out to be crucial to another event in the movie). By no means, though, should Loki be considered one of the heroes, as the only person Loki works for is, in fact, Loki.
This movie features all of the wonderful quirks the audience has come to expect from a Marvel movie: the Stan Lee cameo (look for him in the mental hospital), the references to other movies (look for Captain America in the scene where Loki keeps changing his identity, it’s one of the funniest moments of the movie) and, of course, the after-credit scene that foreshadows the next movie (in this case “Captain America: the Winter Soldier”). Full of wit and snark, “Thor: The Dark World” is well worth the watch.