There is no doubt that this newest Thor movie is superior to the 2011 movie that focused far too much on S.H.I.E.L.D. and building the Marvel universe that it left it's title character and his world threadbare. Having said that while this newest adventure corrects that deficency, it leaves others still needing attention.
Thor: The Dark World begins by telling the tale of how Thor's grandfather Bor, brought war to the Dark Elves to stop them from destroying the Nine Realms with the Aether, a liquid like smoke that can be used to harness evil powers. 5000 years later though, the Aether has crept out of it's seal and is being sought after again by the Dark Elf King who has returned as well for another attempt at cosmic destruction. The Aether has found it's way into the body of Jane Foster (Portman) who is brought home to Asgard to be tested to see if the Aether can be removed, this attracts the elves who attack Asgard. The elves are routed, but Thor knows the battle must be taken to the Elves but Odin, Thors father forbids it. This leaves Thor and his friends the difficult decision of disobeying his Father's orders and escape to the Elve's realm, but Thor will need help from a unlikely source.
Thor: The Dark World certainly gives us more of Asgard, it's people, it's technology and of course Thor. The action is ramped up and the story focuses on a big event that is theatrical: (An evil King wants to destroy the cosmos vs Thor losing his powers and banished to New Mexico) On the other hand though, some of the first movie's issues are still an issue: Some things like the Asgard's powers and the realms are left a little foggy at best in they're explanation. Characters like Kat Denning's Darcy and Stellen Skarsgard's Selvig get more screen time then any of the Warriors Three. Every time it jumped to one of Jane's friends it felt like the Michael Bay Transformers movies where as soon as something cool is going on, it jumps to scenes with Sam and his parents. The Warriors Three are still are just window dressing sadly and the finale in London with the portals through realms being controlled by a remote switch is weird and hard to follow. I like that with such a fantastical character like Thor the idea was tried out but the execution just left me a little annoyed to keep seeing people pop in and out of places.
Thor: The Dark World is a lot of far out fun but following every little intricacy in what the Aether is, the Realms and others leaves a little to be desired. The other Marvel movies didn't have so much trouble in establishing it's main characters but Thor still didn't master it yet. It's another one of those tricks that Thor still falls for.
The Nine Realms are coming into alignment and are threatened with destruction unless Thor can stop the evil energy and the creatures who wish to harness it's power. Has far more to do with Thor, his world and friends then the first one hoped to and stands as a great fantasy action film in its own right.
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