Review: Thor: The Dark World

Review 2013 by RD Clark

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Thor: The Dark World

Written by: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings

Rated PG-13
Running time: 111 mins

When an ancient evil is reawakened, the Hero of Asgard must rise to the challenge, using all of the weapons he can muster.

The film is a jolly good romp, with enough action and humor to keep you entertained, without thinking about it too much. Hiddleston, as Loki, steals every scene he is in. Hemsworth manages to keep Thor from becoming too lofty while being a godly hero. Hopkins as Odin is very regal indeed and Rene Russo, as Frigga, is just regally gorgeous. And some props to Kat Dennings for some much needed comedic relief. Some gorgeous scenery, especially in Asgard kept my eyes a-poppin’. Some great fights and action were had, delivered as expected. And they manage to restrain themselves; Thor never once says, “It’s hammer time!”

My big beef here is that they pretty much wasted Chris Eccleston, an actor with a great talent for nuance, by covering him up with so much latex that he could not act through it, and reduced his role to that of another generic “I wanna destroy the universe” villain. I also was not a fan of the five minutes of opening exposition; there are better ways of exploring a backstory.

But overall, a very good Marvel Movie. You can take the kids; there is a lot of violence, but most of it is very cartoonish.
There is one mid-credits scene and then a post-credits scene that is must-see.

Flytrap rating: 7.5/10

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