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4.0 out of 5 stars By Mjolnir a hit., 31 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Thor: The Dark World [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
'Thor: The Dark World' begins with a prologue portentously telling of an age old war between Asgard and the Dark Elves as voiced by Sir Anthony Hopkins heavy on the gravitas. With talk of 'Light' and 'Dark,' 'Convergences' and 'Aether' it sets up the film's bad guy Malekith as played by Christopher Eccleston {who despite being buried under tons of make-up and speaking in sub-titles it is still recognisably Eccleston.} And so begins another fun ride in the Mighty Marvel Manner.

As with 'Iron Man 3' the film acknowledges events in 'The Avengers.' Loki has to atone for his previous actions while, after quelling some unrest in The Nine Realms, a contemplative Thunder God is a bit mopey as he's missing Jane Foster {has'nt he noticed the fair Lady Sif?'} It all fits nicely into the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film looks beautiful, if a little dark at times, with Asgard and all the various realms stunningly realised.

Chris Hemsworth gives a fine central performance as Thor, handling the sometimes potentially silly dialogue deftly. Unjustly his role is often a little overlooked in favour of fan favourite Tom Hiddleston's Loki but surely by now he is as synonymous with the part as Robert Downey is with Tony Stark or Hugh Jackman with Wolverine. Though obviously Hiddleston is as delicious as ever in the role of the trickster god and it's hard to watch anyone else when he's on screen.

Like the comics 'Thor: TDW' is a mash up of science fiction, mythology, fantasy, super-heroics and humour that shouldn't work but somehow does.

The running time is not excessive and once Malekith is unleashed the film barrels along with plenty of hammer action to a final battle in Greenwich that is surprisingly joke laden. Watch out for Thor on the Underground, cameos from Stan Lee and a certain 'Avenger' and the sort of ending that opens up all sorts of possibilities next time.

This continues the success of Marvel Studios in an unbroken run since 'Iron Man.' They are knitting together a cohesive cinematic universe in the same way they did with the comics in the sixties. They know their characters better than anyone else and it shows in the decisions they make for their representation on screen.

As usual stay for the post credits sequences. Two this time. One that points the way towards one of next year's films with {for the fanboys} a strong incarnation of a very old Marvel character and one a coda to the film itself.
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2014 02:39:26 BDT
A detailed enjoyable movie review.

Enjoyed reading this review Lord Brett.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2014 08:38:07 BDT
lordbrett says:
Again thanks for the positive words timelord.
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