Action-packed and visually dynamic, the film at times feels like a sci-fi war movie. But instead, it reverberates with family dynamics in mystical realms and numerous characters. Unlike its first installment, this one is on a much bigger scale and a far cry from a superhero film.
The film structurally begins in the same way as the first
"Thor", with a voiceover by Anthony Hopkins, who plays Odin the
ruler of Asgard, and a back story.
The voiceover states: "Long before the birth of light, there was
darkness and Dark Elves ruled the universe with the help of aether
(pronounced eether) an ancient force of eternal
The back story reveals Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the
Prince of the Dark Elves is all set to destroy the Universe, but
his attempt is thwarted by Thor's grandfather and the Aether is
discarded onto a planet.
Years later, on earth, the aether enters the bloodstream of
astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and there are forces
at work. Malekeith is back on the prowl. Jane gets connected with
her long lost love Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom
Hiddleston) the less trustworthy brother of Thor, accompanies him
to save the day. This makes the core theme of the story.
And if this sounds interesting, then the film is far from the
point of deliverance. Its first half drags quite mercilessly. Then
the plot gets complex and convoluted. The tale is saddled with
intergalactic setting and the narration has twisted and knotted
moments. If one sequence begins on Asgard the planet where Thor and
his family live, the other sequence takes place on Earth and the
third, in space. After a while, teleportation is commonplace and
anything is possible.
Overall, the characters have no graphs or novelty factor. The
dialogues, without any verve and wit are full of cliches, thereby
making the viewing boring and predictable. The film borders on
patronizing with the same old threats of galaxy extinction and
Humour comes in the form of Jane trying to fix a long distance
blind date with a prospective new boyfriend, a cameo played by
Chris O'Dowd and other times by static one-liners from Kat
Dennings, Jane's intern. But the most forced humour is witnessed
when Stellan Skarsgard as the eccentric physicist Dr. Erik Selvig
struts about nude or in his underwear to help him "think".
Though the film has a star studded cast and they share a
comfortable onscreen chemistry, there is nothing that holds them
together. Chris Hemsworth as Thor manages to add charm and power to
the role. But it is Hiddleston as Loki, who steals the show with
his grey and enigmatic character. Natalie Portman as Jane Foster is
The villainous Malekith is a not so potent, generic villain and
Christopher Eccleston who plays Malekith adds nothing more than
scowling guttural threats in a made-up language for much of the
movie. Anthony Hopkins as Odin the one eyed king is ineffective as
his scope in the film is limited.
Technically, Alan Taylor has spared no effort to make "Thor: The
Dark World" appealing. The production values are excellent.
Visually, the frames with warm lighting are action-packed with
computer generated images and aesthetic value. Unfortunately, there
is no added value to watch this film in 3D.
In reality, Thor: The Dark World seems to suffer from superhero fatigue.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie
Portman, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston,
Alice Krige, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo,
Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Richard Brake and Chris O'Dowd
Director: Alan Taylor