Director: Alan Taylor Writers: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Rene Russo Runtime: 112 min Rating: PG
Thor: The Dark World should come with a heart attack warning! Arguably the most anticipated film of the fall season, this film, the second movie in Marvel’s “Phase Two” line-up, left no room for a breather and exceeded expectations beyond measure. What the audience received was a totally unexpected, crazy roller coaster ride.
Thor: The Dark World follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) into the many worlds of Yggdrasil. The aftermath of Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) mischief in Manhattan in The Avengers left the nine worlds of Yggdrasil in chaos. Here, we find Thor restoring the worlds back into order. However, there is an underlying evil in Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a dark elf, who plans to revert the universe back into its original form – darkness. Not only does Thor need to save the universe, but he must also enlist the help of his brother Loki in order to do so as he sets out on his most perilous journey yet across all the worlds. Alan Taylor has set a fantastic direction for this film. Following the deeper, darker struggles of Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, Taylor has created this film to further explore the character of Thor and his world. Here, we get to see the leader that Thor has become, worthy of being called a king. In this movie, Thor has to make difficult decisions, even going so far as committing treason, to save the universe from darkness. Along the way, Thor has to realize the strife and sacrifices one must experience in order protect what he loves most. Taylor is able to weave the different dimensions together to create, literally, an out-of-world experience that the audience cannot get enough of.
Chris Hemsworth was a relatively unknown actor when he started out in Thor in 2011. Fast forward two years, and he has developed into one of today’s most popular actors, and for good reason. His portrayal of Thor, the God of Thunder, is stellar. He has taken this character and turned him into a real leader worthy of the title. Hemsworth stays true to Thor’s just nature and strong warrior façade, and in him, the audience has an unmoving leader. However, the real star of Thor: The Dark World is Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. There are many issues that led Loki to be the destructive God of Mischief we see at the beginning of the film. Yet, there is something about him with which audience members can’t help but sympathize. Loki’s character is full of twists and turns, contrasting Thor; there is no way of knowing what Loki will do at any given moment. He is a character not to be trusted, yet must be in order to overcome Malekith. In previous films, Loki was the anti-Thor, then in TheAvengers, the villain, but in Thor: The Dark World, there is a big question mark as to Loki’s role. Hiddleston stole the show, surpassing all other performances, and made Loki his own, breaking all archetypes of the villainous brother.
The screenwriters of this film did a fantastic job with the script. As aforementioned, there was no time to breathe throughout this movie. Thor: The Dark World had endless scenes of sadness, anger, laughter, and excitement woven together as intricately as the nine worlds on Yggdrasil’s branches. There were many moments that turned at the drop of a hat which threw the audience onto a whole new emotional roller coaster. The plot’s twists and turns kept the movie going and the audience engaged with Thor’s adventures back and forth throughout different worlds. The cinematography was stellar and grandiose – as aligned with the golden halls and towers of Asgard. The various artistic visual effects really captured the marvel that is the worlds of Yggdrasil, and the audience was transported into a whole other dimension. As with other Marvel films, Thor: The Dark World did not disappoint visually.
To complete the film, the score really set Thor: The Dark World apart from every other Marvel film up to date. While a film score usually adds to the story, the score here was the story. Brian Tyler (Fast and Furious Saga, The Expendables Series, Iron Man 3) in his ingenuity wove the music into the film and created for the audience an experience for all the senses. The furious and at times ethereal score allowed Taylor to created more than just a typical comic book superhero movie; it gave him an extra dimension to really bring the story home for the audience.
A thrilling film-going experience, Thor: The Dark World is a must-see for enthusiasts of all ages. It is a movie truly of the highest entertainment, from the direction, to the script, to the acting, right down to the score and visual effects. Filled with scintillating performances from world-class actors, there is not a moment when the audience is not entertained by the twists and turns of this epic film.