THOR: THE DARK WORLD: “Better than the first”

Thor: The Dark World MOvie PosterChris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
Zachary Levi as Fandral
Renee Russo as Frigga
In theaters November 8

Long before the time of Odin, Thor’s grand father, Bor, fought to protect the universe from a race of dark elves who wanted to destroy the universe and plunge it into eternal darkness with a weapon called the Aether. The Aether is an unusual liquid like substance that gives the user unequaled phenomenal power. Bor annihilated the Dark Elves and hid the Aether deep inside a world in a stone monolith. But unknown to Bor some of the Dark Elves escaped and went into hiding in suspended sleep. Waiting for the day when they can return and finish what they started.

Loki has been in prison while Thor has been battling to keep the peace in the nine realms since the rainbow bridge had been destroyed. A rare astrological event that will align the nine realms is slowly coming to pass and Dr. Jane foster begins to investigate a site where the laws of physics don’t seem to apply. Things float and disappear and reappear. While Jane is investigating she gets sucked into a portal that transports her to the hiding place of the Aether and she becomes infected by it before she is transported back to our world. This prompts Thor to find her. When he realizes she is in possession of powers neither of them understand, he takes her to Asgard to see if she can be helped. Because she is infested with the Aether, her return awakens Malekith (Eccleston) the leader of the dark elves. Responding to the Aether within Jane he attacks Asgard to find her and retrieve the Aether and continue what was started eons ago. If the Aether is released when the nine realms are in perfect alignment, the entire universe will be undone and plunged into eternal darkness.

Thor: The Dark World spares no expense in giving you bang for your superhero buck. Warlords and Dark Elves clash in an inter-dimensional fight to save the universe in fabulous costumes and make up. Hunky Chris Hemsworth (Rush) and Tom Hiddleston are back as Thor and problem-brother Loki. I did not recognize Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Gone In 60 Seconds) as leader of the Dark Elves, or Chuck’s Zachary Levi as one of Thor’s warrior comrades. Natalie Portman is back as the lovely Jane Foster as well as the irrepressible Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls) as Jane’s no-nonsense and scientifically inept intern. Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as king of Asgard with Renee Russo as his wife, Frigga. The visuals and cinematography are stunning as are the sets for the Asgardian realm. Very comparable to LOTR in size and scope.

I’m not big on superhero movies, unless it’s Spiderman, but If you enjoyed the first Thor, you should have no problem with Dark World. I actually think this movie is better than the first one. This actually made me want to see The Avengers. Definitely a great time, so get yourself a bucket of popcorn and enjoy!  Also, as with any Marvel superhero movie, you’ll want to stay through the credits for a scene that has a connection to another up coming movie.

4 out of 5 Stars

Check out the trailer for “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” below:

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