Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

What do you do when the two things you love most are in different worlds? In November 2013, these two worlds shared something. A threat that could destroy both worlds and the man trying to protect them.

Directing this 112 minute action/adventure/fantasy is Alan Taylor.

Fighting for the future of the universe in this movie is: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algirm/Kurse, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Rene Russo as Frigga, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Sellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig and Jonathan Howard as Ian Boothby. With apperences by: Chris Evans as Captain America, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector and Stan Lee as Himself.

Asgard has seen many threats in it's time and fought many a foe. Like when a race of Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness with a weapon called the Aether. Bringing a fierce battle as the Asgard
warriors do, victory over the Dark Elves was achieved. Realizing the weapon could not be destroyed, it was hidden away for safe keeping. Unfortunately, some things you can't keep hidden forever. Jane Foster has been waiting to see Thor again for the last two years. So when an anomaly like the one that first brought Thor to Earth is spotted, Jane investigates. The door Jane was hoping to find didn't have Thor behind it. Instead, she's sucked through a doorway to the hidden weapon. Now that the weapon has been found, Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves sees his chance to once again send the universe into darkness. Torn between Asgard and Jane, Thor will need some help to keep all that he loves safe, and who better to ask for help when you need a hand than your own brother. Unless your brother is Loki, then you know you're in trouble.

Round two for Thor, and I gotta say I really enjoyed it. After laying the intro story in the first movie, they were able to jump right into a strong storyline for this one. Not only was the storyline cool but the crossover reference to the other marvel films flowed and fit in nicely. The special effects were just as good this time around, not to mention the costumes were killer looking. Sadly, I'm still not a big fan of Natalie Portman, but as a whole the cast did a great job, and I never get tired of seeing Hopkins as Odin (he rocks it). I can't say I'm a huge Thor fan. Yeah I like him... he's cool, but by the end of this one I was entertained and enjoyed the film. So I'd say the second movie was a lot better than the first one. As with each Marvel movie produced, they continue to make them flow from one to the other with the end credits teasers, preparing us what's to come.

It's rated PG 13 for violence and brief language.

4 thunderous stars.

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