Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Nina Russell, Staff Writer

Thousands of years in the past, technologically advanced and militarily strong beings known as the Dark Elves tried to plunge the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors valiantly stop them at great cost, and as it cannot be destroyed, hide the Aether away so that no one will ever find it. The Dark Elf leader, Malekith escapes and waits silently for another opportunity to obtain the Aether and put the universe under his supreme control and cause chaos in the worlds. Present day: Jane Foster of Earth patiently awaits the return of Thor, who promised he’s come back to her, but it’s been two years. Thor, meanwhile, is trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Loki, Thor’s brother, is imprisoned due to his trying to rule the world and the killing of many innocent people in the Avengers movie. Jane happens upon an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to earth, and gets sucked into it. What she finds on the other side has the power to end the worlds, kill billions, and plunge all life into darkness.

This movie made my year. Although at the beginning, I felt more like I was watching a movie based off of Skyrim (with the Dark Elves and “Malekif” sounding similar to “Malecath”), I was pleasantly surprised. Thor: The Dark World is filled with action from start to finish, as well as lots of comic relief and character development. Whereas in Thor, the focus was mainly on Thor, Jane, and Odin, in this movie, I learned a lot more about nearly every character.

This movie, to me, should have been named “Loki.” In the course of watching it, I guarantee that you will feel like Loki’s best friend. His character was thoroughly developed, as we learn more about his attitude and how he feels about his father. He also provides about 80% of the comic relief (Nancy with the last 20%), which makes his character a lot more likeable. In Thor, Loki just seems like another pitiful enemy for Thor to vanquish, but in Thor: The Dark World, the viewer begins to see that they’re all a family in Asgard, no matter if Loki’s a brat or not.

Concerning the rest of the character development: Leaving this movie, I realize that I actually know who the characters are. An example: Sif, Volstagg, and Fandral. In the first movie, they’re onscreen for about 15 minutes in total. In this movie, almost every character is a main character, including the main enemy’s henchman, which doesn’t happen often.

I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire movie, not only because of the action or the 3D, but because anything could happen. A main character could die and that could be the end. The bad guy has a chance to actually win. This movie had, to me, the best special effects in any of the Avengers-based movies yet, and that says something.

Let’s face it: In every great superhero movie, there are some drawbacks. I found only a few in this movie, but some nevertheless. The idea of a bad guy taking over the world or destroying the universe is a bit… generic. We all know it. I’d like to see Thor rescue a cat from a tree or something else of that nature. Also, I noticed that I never feared for Thor’s safety. It’s a bit hard to be worried about who will win when the main character is essentially invincible. One last drawback: one of the main focuses is Thor and Jane’s love story. Maybe it made the movie more money or made more people want to see the movie, but I didn’t pay $11 to see a 3D romantic comedy. I paid $11 to see Thor and Loki conquer the universe, etc.

In all, this is a great movie to see, and I was emotionally spent by the time the film was over. Naturally, the plot isn’t going to be as well-written as other movies (The Lord of the Rings, War Horse, etc.), but as far as blockbuster action movies, this one is top-of-the-line. In all, I give it 4.8 out of 5 stars for a funny, exciting movie with a cute-but-distracting love story and a slightly generic plot. Go out and watch it right now, regardless of whether you think you’ll like it or not.