Thor: The Dark World: Movie Review

"Thor: The Dark World" will feel eerily similar to its predecessor but this is not a bad thing. In fact, familiarity is this sequel's biggest asset as whatever elements worked before are vastly improved this time around. This is one of the rare times that a sequel might actually trump the original and while it may lack the depth of the god-to-man origin story of the first film, we ultimately felt that the more action-focused and humor-filled second try is at least on par (or even better) with 2011's "Thor".

In the aftermath of Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) betrayal, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fights to restore order across the Nine Realms. Unfortunately for Thor, things get complicated when Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) accidentally absorbs an ancient weapon that pre-dates the universe itself. This weapon known as the Aether was created by a dark elf named Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who planned to plunge the universe into darkness with it five millenia ago but failed. Now, with Jane Foster's actions, Malekith awakes from his long slumber and plans to get the Aether at whatever cost. Faced with an enemy that even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet.

Unlike the first film where our hero Thor got a much needed attitude adjustment by becoming mortal, the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" lacks the same serious dilemma that pushes the superhero narrative beyond what's expected. Honestly, on that level, the sequel fails. But that is probably the only thing where "Thor: The Dark World" gets a negative nod. But here's the thing, everything else works and are vastly improved when put up against its predecessor. The action sequences have more character (the final scene is our favorite which mixes humor, thrill and science seamlessly), the distinct humor is back and even better and the love story of Thor and Jane Foster gets more screen time this time around (although we still think it needs to be more concrete than what we are getting). "Thor: The Dark World" may not re-invent the formula but who cares when the end product is simply put, more amazing. "Thor: The Dark World" once again continues the winning streak of great Marvel superhero movies in our books.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the same great formula that made the first film are all here and made even better
- the film has its surprises not only in terms of story but with its presentation and science

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- if you hate superhero films of the modern era then you wouldn't appreciate "Thor: The Dark World"

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