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Thor and the elves of evil
, 26 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Thor: The Dark World [DVD]  (DVD)
Another superhero movie from Marvel studios. Sequel to Thor. Set after Avengers Assemble. All of which may slightly confuse anyone who watches it and who hasn't seen those films. But chances are you will have seen those if you watch this. So that won't be a problem.
Has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English. Hindi. Tamil. Telegu. It's also English audio described.
It begins with a trailer for forthcoming Marvel movie 'Captain America; The Winter Soldier.' But that can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote. Said trailer is accessible from the sneak peeks section of the dvd main menu anyhow.
The only extras are a preview of said Captain America film. Which runs for three minutes and is one of those featurettes that has clips from the film along with actors and crew members talking about it. This preview does give one spoiler away - the identity of the Winter Soldier - so if you're not familiar with the character via comics then you may not want to watch this just yet.
Loki's locked up. Thor's bringing peace to all the realms. Jane is stuck on Earth pining for him and trying to move on. She finds strange things happening in London. Which all tie in with the return of an ancient evil that seeks to destroy the universe.
To deal with it all, Thor and Loki must team up. Trust issues ensue. Can they work together and save the day?
This, like most blockbuster movies, tries to entertain via mixing action and drama with character moments and humour. In this respect, it's pretty successful. Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo don't get too much to do but have their moments. The brothers don't have much screen time together till halfway through the film, but there's enough to keep the viewer occupied till then so it's not really a problem.
A lot of the humour does make Thor the straightman in the midst of things going on around him. Chris Hemsworth is pretty good in these moments. He does have a good chemistry with Natalie Portman although her role can be a bit thankless at times. Kat Dennings gets more to do as Darcy this time and once again steals the show. Chris O'Dowd is also good at being humorous without going too far. But doesn't get nearly as much to do.
Christopher Eccleston makes a fine villain in a part that doesn't really stretch him. There's an action finale set piece which benefits from being in a familiar setting and is very well done.
Just don't trust this movie to give you accurate directions for travelling on the London underground though.
Thor will return. A very good final scene does make you want to know what will happen when he does.
An efficient and entertaining blockbuster movie from a studio that are good at making them.
Keep watching during the end credits for two extra scenes. One in the middle, which ties into an upcoming Marvel movie. And one at the very end. Which doesn't set anything up. But is still worth a look.
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