Thor The Dark World
After more than 30 movies based on their comics, Marvel has it dialed in. This is the second Thor movie starring Chris Hemsworth and even though neither one is great, I liked this one better because they turned up the humor. But let’s be honest, the only reason they are making Thor movies is he is the hottest male Marvel superhero. At least with Chris Hemsworth playing the part. Don’t get me wrong, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is a solid piece of eye candy. But this Thor, not only is he unbelievably good looking, he carries a big hammer, and brother, he knows how to swing it!
Of course he has a shirtless scene and it is shot better than any shirtless scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. It starts as a close up waist high, slowly moving up while backing out the shot so the screen is filled with his abs. The crevice that runs from his navel up to his chest is deep enough to get lost in. As it reaches his chest the camera pulls out as he turns towards the window showing his rippling back. I don’t even want to know what it looks like in 3D.
Not that it really matters but the story has us 2 years after Thor left and Jane, played by Natalie Portman has been waiting for him to return. Thor has been tied up trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Meanwhile a race of beings known as Dark Elves are trying to send the universe into darkness using a weapon known as the Aether. There is a computer joke here but only IT people would get it. Through some sort of worm hole Jane gets taken over by the Aether and Thor returns to save her. Her reaction to seeing him after not hearing from him after 2 years is priceless. Even a Norse God gets into trouble when he doesn’t call or text. As for as plot, the bottom line is the Dark Elves have to be defeated to save the universe.
The standout in this movie is Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. There is nothing better than an evil villain with a sarcastic attitude. He absolutely steals every scene he is in. The movie would have been a lot better if he had more screen time. Jane’s intern Darcy, played by Kat Dennings is both annoying and funny at the same time. Stellan Skarsgard, whom I consider a very serious actor spends most of his time either naked or pant less as the Professor that Jane works for. They were very smart to add the amount of comedy that is in this movie. As a straight forward Superhero movie it would have never worked. Watching Thor step onto the underground train in London and ask for directions is very funny.
A little less than 2 hours, Rated PG-13 for Sci-fi violence.
Thor’s hot, movie is fun, and I liked it.
My Score: 4 Buds