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The Hammer Wielding God of Thunder’s DARK WORLD May Be Best MARVEL Sequel Yet

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor’s second solo film strikes a far better balance between the Earth bound action and the dramas on his home world of Asgard, but beyond the strong set pieces and humor, the plot and central romance fail to hit home.  One example that comes to mind is when after the Accursed and his dark elf army is defeated, it feels like Thor says to his father it sucks to be you — your half son is dead, your wife is murdered, your house is in ruins but I’ve got to rush Earth and be with my girl, leaving his dad to grieve in a broken house by himself after the death of his mother.  I’m sure that was not the writers’ intention, but that’s how that comes across.  Undoubtedly the film does not get rid of its clichés dealing with a family in crisis, but there is an honesty about the characters that makes the film much more enjoyable.  It’s probably because the actors playing the title leads play these characters with such ease that I believe that I’m watching a chapter in their lives on a magic mirror.

This latest film, Thor: The Dark World, is a more entertaining follow-up to the first Thor movie keeping the promise that each stand-alone film would give the franchise, as a whole, space to breathe, rather than attempting to fulfill sequel duties for everything that have come before it.  The origin setup is out of the way, and now what we get is a pretty-to-look-at picture, filled with romance, action, and mild humor.  In short, if you’re looking for an exciting piece of light entertainment that subscribes to the modern formula of a popcorn-movie, then this film is for you.

In The Dark World, director Alan Taylor fully embraces the fantasy elements of Asgardian lore, skillfully deploying them to play against the Earthbound segments and playing up the difference for comic relief.  Taylor knows this territory very well.  His fellowship on the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones does not go unnoticed here.  He brings the epic reach of that fantasy series to the otherworldly parts of this film only with a much bigger budget for painting on a much larger canvas.  Thor contains some of the most gorgeously rendered images in the Marvel cinematic films to date, from the majesty of Thor’s home in Asgard to a sparkling starlit funeral over Asgardian waterfalls, both melancholy and magnificent.  Then to the bleak and storm-swept landscapes of Svartalfheim, home to a race of Dark Elves.

Thor: The Dark World is a lot of fun and sometime feels like an experimental amalgam of Thor: The Dark World is in theaters November 8th, 2013 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins.  The film is directed by Alan Taylor.  For more news about Thor: The Dark World click HERE!

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