Thursday, 14 November 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

Worlds Mike Jonas

Thor - The Dark World or what many are referring to as Thor 2 or T2 (Not to be confused now with Schwarzenegger’s Terminator) marks the return of Marvel’s favourite lighting god in this sequel that like the first is out of this world. As in the spirit of“Iron Man 3” released earlier this year, Thor also follows on from the havoc featured at the end (for those who still haven’t seen it I won’t spoil it) in last year’s international blockbuster “Avengers Assemble”. Set two years after the original, Thor again reprised by Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth chosen to weld the mystical hammer Mjölnir now faces a new adversary, Malekith (Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston) that sees him torn between his honour towards Asgard, protecting old friends and saving other realms within the endless universe.

Now not that I didn't enjoy watching Thor doing what he does best and at 112mins there's plenty of it to keep you entertained, but let's be honest the real pleasure comes from watching his misguided half brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) getting up to things he shouldn't. Tom's performance is hard to ignore giving the British actor an upper hand to make a bigger impact when finally given his allotted screen time which some might say he deserved more off having proved himself more than worthy in Thor and Avengers.

I don’t know about anyone else but when I think of a Marvel film, one of the main drawing points for me is that there filmed in and around America, giving it that over the top wow factor reflexing what’s shown in the comic books. Unfortunately with some of this film now set and located in different parts of London to include the return of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) can’t say it had the same affect, if completely honest couldn’t wait for it to get back to things occurring in one of the other realms.       

Viewers will be pleased to know TDW also sees other familiar faces making a return Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård,Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo.

Like other Marvel films it wouldn’t be the same without some sort of surprise which will leave viewers squealing with delight and in this there are a few to look out for. Everyone will know by now to hang about for the one at the end of the credits, but as for the rest lets see how much attention you’re really paying to everything that’s going on.  

As with most films now released, the natural expectation when having the chance to see it in 3D is does it do the film any justice and are you getting value for money. Firstly I think it's important to remember what your thoughts are on this before watching it in this format, if you haven't enjoyed it for other films, chances are you'll be looking for things to complain about. This for me though ticked all the boxes as I imagined it would making the overall experience as pleasant as it could be. Anyone that read my review for "The Wolverine" earlier this year will know I won't defend 3D if it doesn't deserve it, which on that occasion it didn't due to areas becoming too blurred at times making it difficult to appreciate.   

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