Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful
Malekith, who threatens to plunge the universe into darkness.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Directed by Alan Taylor
Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus,
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Christopher Eccleston,
Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson,
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings
Sequel to 2011's Thor and 2012's The Avengers
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
Thor: The Dark World was a decent sequel that had everything we loved about the first one, but lacked quite a bit as well. First off, Natalie Portman's performance seemed a bit phoned-in (mostly due to her lack of enthusiasm about returning to the role). Second, the villain Malekith was barely developed and not nearly as charismatic a villain as Loki, who overshadowed him. Still, the film was enjoyable and entertaining. Plus, the post-credits scene is one of the best Marvel has ever done.
Thor: The Dark World was a pretty entertaining sequel that featured plenty of action and great performances. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston continue to share an impressive amount of chemistry as brothers Thor and Loki, respectively. What holds this film back from outshining its predecessor is Natalie Portman and another underwhelming antagonist, Malekith.
The plot for this film involving the Dark Elves involves, thankfully, the more cosmic elements of the character. It shows us some more planets and indulges in a little more of the mythology than the first time around. This causes the film to be grander in scope, raising the stakes significantly compared to the last outing. It helps that most of the cast does an excellent job in returning to their characters. As stated above, Hemsworth and Hiddleston continue to be the most entertaining to watch as they truly feel like brothers at odds with each other. On the other end of the spectrum is Natalie Portman. It's a pretty well known fact she wasn't interested in returning and it shows in her performance. She seems to phone it in at times and still shares zero chemistry with star, Chris Hemsworth. Marvel also fails to impress with its villain, Malekith. While Christopher Eccleston does his best with the character, even he can't help with how bland the villain is.
Apart from those two grievances, Thor: The Dark World is an enjoyable sequel. It furthers the world created in the first one and the rest of the cast do a great job. Let's hope they continue to outdo themselves with the upcoming third installment.