REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World

Now the grand uniting of The Avengers has passed, it’s about time that the Superheroes returned with their own films. Firstly there was Iron Man 3, one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and now that the winter sun is upon us Thor has returned too.

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The God of Thunder returns in this third outing, back in Asgard and back to his own film. Chris Hemsworth returns as the beefy Thor, we see Tom Hiddleston back as the trickster Loki and Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love, Jane Foster. This time Thor is faced with the greatest enemy, an enemy that not even Odin and Asgard can withstand – Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) the Dark Elf. With Malekith set on casting the universe into darkness, Thor sets on his most perilous journey to save his love, his family and the universe.

In recent years, the Marvel films have been getting better and better each time they roll around. Thor: The Dark World is one of the best Marvel films that has been made. Bringing together the Asgardian world, along with Earth and a brand new enemy could have been a difficult task but Christopher Yorst, Christopher Markus and Alan Taylor – as well as a little help from Joss Whedon! – manage the job well.

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To be expected, Chris Hemsworth was great as Thor. As his third outing as the pure muscle machine, he’s well established in his ways. The scenes where Thor and Loki are together are the best scenes in the film. The relationship between the brothers is strained but the love between them is clear – something that may have simply been Hemsworth and Hiddleston’s friendship showing through.

This was by far my favourite incarnation of Loki. Hiddleston, like always, plays Loki brilliantly and this version may just bring in more fan girls. This Loki is well and truly the trickster that Loki, the Norse God is supposed to be. Full of sarcasm and wit, it’s not quite the Loki that we knew and so may annoy many, but for me, this is what Loki is supposed to be like.

Bringing in a non established enemy into any film is difficult, let alone bringing one into a Marvel film. Christopher Eccleston, however, was the perfect choice for bringing Malekith into the foreground. Malekith is a great character, especially evil and manipulative and truly brought to life by Eccleston. Kudos to the make-up team for the fantastic job they did turning Eccelston from human to Dark Elf – though those contact lenses must’ve driven him mad!

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Thor: The Dark World is definitely worth a watch. It’s funny, full of action and there’s even a gratuitous scene of Chris Hemsworth wandering round with no top on!

Just remember to stay during the end credits – unlike the majority of the audience in the screening I was in! – there’s two end credit scenes, one of which helps to link up to The Guardians of the Galaxy film due out next summer.

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