Movie review – Thor: The Dark World: The hottie with the hammer returns

2013-11-10 14:00

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I couldn’t help wondering where Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk were when the dark elves rudely parked their huge spaceship in the middle of Greenwich Palace and started getting busy turning the whole universe to darkness.

After all, in the opening scenes, Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Forster, gives Thor (Chris Hemsworth) a klap for being in New York and not bothering to visit, thus reminding us that this film doesn’t stand alone and is not simply a sequel to the first Thor movie, but exists in a universe with The Avengers, Iron Man and the Captain America films.

That gap aside, though, much of the action takes place in the heady heavens of Asgard where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is locked up for treason (after his attempts to become king of Earth in The Avengers), and Thor and his warrior mates are restoring order to the nine realms after the same said chaos. At the same time on Earth, Jane gets invaded by an energy force that turns out to be an ancient weapon of mass destruction confiscated from Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the king of the dark elves, centuries before.

As the nine realms converge, Malekith awakes and all hell breaks loose. That includes Loki, who is the only guy who can help Thor and Jane defeat Malekith.

This story is based on a Thor comic from the mid-80s and Malekith is as far removed from a Middle Earth elf as you can get.

When it comes to holding immortal grudges – Malekith is the winner, with Loki a very close second.

The whole idea of Thor is a little silly, but I love this stuff.

Superhero movies are my Kryptonite and I am holding thumbs for the day when the Hollywood handlers of DC Comics and Marvel decide to converge these two universes.

We are squaring up for the DC Comics Superman and Batman mashup.

Captain America’s sequel comes next year and then 2015 unleashes the next Avengers movie with James Spader as the bad guy.

Also, it has to be said – a word of great thanks to the film makers, who included a completely unnecessary scene in which to show off Hemsworth’s god-like abs and six-pack.

Even if you don’t like the hammer-throwing hottie for his dialogue, you can’t fault him on the shape he’s in.

Thor: The Dark World is a hammering good time with more than a few fun lines that let the audience know that the makers know it’s silly too.

But they invite you to suspend your disbelief and tuck into a glossy two hours of well-made, good-looking entertainment.

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