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5.0 out of 5 stars
Thor-some., 4 Nov 2013
The Dark World picks up where the Avengers left off with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) being condemned to the dungeons for the rest of his days by Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) trying to bring order back to the nine realms following the battle of New York. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) accidentally unleashes an ancient power known as the Aether capable of returning the universe to one of complete darkness. Something wanted very much by the dark elves (their past attempt to unleash the Aether is explained in the prologue) who are led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a man who would literally sacrifice his own to do this. So Thor must defy his father and team up with his treachourous brother Loki to defeat the dark elves and save the universe (and his girlfriend).
The film looks pretty spectacular, the opulence of Asgard contrasting rather starkly with the desolation of the dark elves home planet. There are great performances from the cast so the story moves along nicely and the running time, if anything, is a little short at 112 minutes. The humour comes thick and fast- there some great exchanges between the leading men, Hemsworth and Hiddleston. The latter stealing every scene he's in as silver- tongued, fan- favourite Loki.
All in all Thor: The Dark World is a definite must- see, its funny and action- packed. Keep an eye out for a few cameos (one of which introduces a Guardians of the Galaxy character) and the 2 extra scenes- one mid credits, the other post credits. Fingers crossed for Thor 3 and a stand- alone Loki movie!!