Movie Title: Thor: The Dark World
In a Nutshell: More Thor. More Chris Hemsworth. More muscles and awesome abs. More beautiful Natalie Portman. Thor has to save Earth and the Nine Realms from another evil enemy who looks like he stepped off the movie set of Star Trek. All of Asgard’s soldiers look like they’d be good buds with the characters in the Lord of the Rings. It feels a bit like a summer popcorn movie where yet one more superhero saves not just the helpless people of a doomed city, but the entire universe.
A lot of movie reviewers have criticized the sequel for various reasons, but if you love Thor or Chris Hemsworth, you’ll be entertained for almost two hours.
Things I liked: The background story at the beginning is a quick refresher if it’s been awhile since you saw the first Thor movie or are unfamiliar with the comic books. Several fun twists will keep you guessing. I love the high-tech gold lace wall that keeps prisoners in their cells, as well as the barrio that rises up and around the king’s castle to protect it from incoming flying intruders.
I admired the Queen’s (lovely Rene Russo) regal bravery and (SPOILER ALERT) thought the funeral scene was touching and stunning. Young actress Kat Dennings plays the snarky comic relief that she is known for on “Two Broke Girls” and even a recent Lipton tea commercial she was featured in. I love Heimdall’s fierce loyalty to protect Asgard, reflected in his intense eye color, as well as the cool, shimmering bridge he watches over. Tom Hiddleston plays a deliciously conflicted Loki.
Things I didn’t like: It’s hard to take bad guys seriously when they’re wearing the lovable Jabbawockeez dance crew face masks and beautifully intricate hair braids. It’s such a contradiction to see Asgard possess such advanced technology in one scene, along with relics from Medieval ages, such as sophisticated laser weaponry next to swords. Another example is the futuristic medical table where nurses attend to Jane Foster, yet they aren’t able to heal a sword wound on another person. Was it intentional that both Jane (gorgeous Natalie Portman) and the hopeful love interest (Jaimie Alexander) looked alike, including facial beautiful marks? I wish there were more chemistry between Thor and Jane…their kiss and embraces fall fairly flat. What’s holding up King Odin’s eye patch? Svartalfheim…really?
Uplifting theme: Good conquers evil. Yay. The King of Asgard (wonderful Anthony Hopkins) worries about his legacy and Thor tells him “I shall try to live with honor…is that not legacy enough?”
Funny line: Dr. Erik Selvig is seen either nude (naughty parts blurred out) or wearing only underwear in most of his scenes. When the danger heats up, he snaps out of his exhibitionist funk and says “I better get my pants.” An amusing image is of Thor walking onto a modern-day subway train in London’s famous Tube and asks “How do I get to Greenwich?” sending the female passenger next to him in a smitten trance.
Things to look for: - Stan Lee’s cameo performance when he says “Can I have my shoe back?” I love that he is spotlighted in every Marvel film.
- Digestive crackers on a table.
- Captain America even makes an appearance. Cute scene.
- Harry Potter-looking book with moving images
- Thor hangs up his hammer on a coat rack when entering an apartment.
- Soldiers using rocket launchers next to sword fighters
- Giant bowls of spices
Tips for parents: You can’t expect to see a Superhero battle evil without some violence, although you don’t see gruesome blood. (SPOILER ALERT) Thor’s hand gets cut off, but it’s a pretty sterile slice. The kissing is also pretty sterile. No bad language.