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Thor: The Dark World (2013)If you enjoyed the Marvel's first solo adventure with Thor from 2011… More If you enjoyed the Marvel's first solo adventure with Thor from 2011 then Thor: The Dark World will have you leaving the theater just as content as the first. Although unlike the first Thor movie which set up a new character and indeed a new universe to us, The Dark World truly does just feel like a set up for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some people like myself don't have any issues taking that approach, but I am sure that others will rail against it. The Dark World sees the rise of villains so old and forgotten (The Dark Elves) that the last guy to fight them off was Bor....Odin's father and Thor's Grandfather. Apparently they would like to see the entire nine realms literally Star Trek Into Darkness *cue rimshot*. Jane Foster (Thor's love interest played by Natalie Portman) winds up coming along for the ride and Thor must team up with his demented brother Loki to serve up justice for the house of Odin and of course to save the nine realms. While the first Thor was directed by the great Kenneth Branagh, The Dark World was given to Alan Taylor. Taylor hasn't made a widely released feature film since 2001 has more recently been working on the fantastic HBO program Game of Thrones. Honestly, who better to direct a movie laced with bits of medieval fantasy? Taylor's work on Game of Thrones spilled out in more ways than just how the movie looked, and some scenes really did give off a GoT vibe to be sure. But I am also pretty sure I noticed a fairly prominent cameo by a crow (couldn't tell if it had three eyes though). Plus some important characters die........also uncertain if George R. R. Martin got a writing credit. So yes, the movie looks fantastic as you would expect. This is Chris Hemsworth's third time of the big screen playing the God of Thunder, and he does his usual good job but other than one fairly big moment in the movie there really isn't much going on with him character wise. Tom Hiddleston on the other hand continues to steal the show. He's is absolutely brilliant as Loki and after his performance in this movie I think I can safely say that I wouldn't mind plunking some money down on a Loki solo film. Outside of that, the movie is fun, more funny than I thought going in, and is well made. The only thing stopping it from reaching even higher is the sense that that most important progress in the MCU made in this film occurred in the mid-credits scene. And yeah, of course stick around for the post credits scene. Given what we've heard about how Agents of SHIELD will directly intersect with and lead into other Marvel features has me thinking these two things could be linked somehow.
28 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes