Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Posted: July 6, 2014 in Drama
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Maleikith (Christopher Eccleston) leader of the Dark Elves possesses the Aether, a weapon with which he intends to destroy Asgard.  Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) prince of the Nine Realms, doesn’t want to be King of the Nine Realms, but neither does he trust his evil brother Loki (Tom Huddleston) to be King of the Nine Realms either.  When trying to slip through a wormhole to try to meet Thor, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is infused with the Aether, and given supernatural powers.  Malekith wants to retrieve the Aether from Jane to destroy Asgard and the Nine Realms.  Thor can’t kill Malekith by himself, he needs the help of his brother Loki.  Does Loki help Thor or join forces with Malekith?  What happens to the Aether?

Thor is when the Marvel cannon of characters hits the bottom of the barrel.  Thor is the weakest of all the Marvel superheroes in my opinion, a Norse god with a hammer as a weapon.  What’s so super about that?  The mythology around him is weak, Asgard is not exactly Krypton, Thor is hardly Batman, or even Spiderman, there is nothing compelling about the character, and unlike Iron Man, neither the story nor the character draw the viewer in.  I don’t care about Thor, or his rivalry with Loki, so what is left is a story with no plot development, no character development, and a movie that jumps form action sequence to action sequence, from special effect to special effect, with no rhyme or reason. And the terminology just sounds like so much gobbledygook. What the heck is Aether, the convergence, the Dark Elves, the Nine Realms?  What do the Dark Elves do?  Bake evil cookies? This movie suffers from the same problem as the Avengers, a scant plot, underdeveloped characters, and a rush to get to the action scenes and special effects.  Again, it took six people to write this dreck,  did they take turns writing in crayon?

Chris Helmworth is a wooden actor, he brings no dimension to this character.  Hemsworth seems only interested in creating a larger than life character, but he brings nothing else to the role. Tom Huddleston is not a menacing presence, neither is Christopher Eccleston.  Natalie Portman can be a good actress when given a good script, but she’s back in Queen Amidalla mode here, she has very little to say, trying to sound important but is only used as a love interest and damsel in distress. Anthony Hopkins is brought in once again to try to class up the proceedings, it doesn’t work.

Thor:  The Dark World.  The writers must have been hammered.

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