Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice with Thor: The Dark World

By Alex Lally, ’14

Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor in the sequel to the 2011 film.

Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor in the sequel to the 2011 film.

Are you looking for a dark and epic tale of epic proportion with some pretty cool fantasy elements, visuals, and great writing? Well, look away and wait for the second “Hobbit” film in December because “Thor: The Dark World” is not the movie for you.

“Thor: The Dark World” is the latest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the sequel to the 2011 “Thor” film. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and Tom Hiddleson as Loki. The supporting cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Jamie Alexander, Kat Dennings, and Idris Elba.

At first the film seems like it is going to be dark and epic saga with a much deeper look at the Thor mythos. Instead, viewers get a mediocre plot and one too many quirky one liners.

The enemy in this film are the Dark Elves, who want to overthrow Asgard, plunge the universe into eternal darkness and, of course, Thor has to stop it. The plot is nothing special; it’s the typical “some bad dude wants to destroy the universe and our hero has to save us all” film. The writing felt very lazy this time around, and it seemed like the studio just wanted to rush out another Thor film as soon as possible.

The characters felt underdeveloped and one-dimensional, with the exception of Hiddleston’s Loki, who seems like the only one who is having fun on screen. Hiddleston easily gave the best performance of the entire cast. Loki is portrayed as a slight sympathetic character at first but is still the cunning trickster he always was.

Everyone else is either too serious or trying much too hard to get in a quick one liner.

On the plus side, the visuals were spectacular, especially the city of Asgard.

Overall, the film is very flawed, with poor character development, bad writing, and is probably one of the weaker entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can only recommend this film for die-hard Thor fans or people who want some mindless action. 3 out of 5 stars.

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