Bottom Line: A slick, explosive and energetically generic sci-fi fantasy sequel that’s fairly easy to enjoy while watching but just as easily forgotten once the credits start to roll… It’ll satisfy most audiences looking for thunderously overblown action and another chance to visit their beloved God of Thunder and his mischievous baby brother (Hemsworth and Hiddleston, respectively, are both brilliantly fun to watch) – and yet for all of its mythically mainstream accessibility, all of its eye candy visuals, it does nothing in terms of adding freshness to a very likeable series. The story and action of many of the main characters are bloated, nonsensical and overly goofy – plus it’s difficult to buy in to an alien invasion/world destruction one-man show story like this whilst living in a post-AVENGERS world. With mish-mashed shades of LORD OF THE RINGS, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, STAR TREK and CLASH OF THE TITANS looming at almost every corner, THOR: THE DARK WORLD is bold and brash enough for the big screen - but the grandiose commonality of it makes it best suited for a matinee ticket price. Although most of the magic and wonder of the first installment is lost, there is enough at play to make you feel like your money is being well spent – just try not to forget where that money went by the time you get home.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo and Natalie Portman
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Running time: 112 minutes
Story: Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (c) Disney