Video: Thor: The Dark World Official Trailer
Chris Hemsworth and co are back for Thor 2 (sorry The Dark World), which follows on from the events in The Avengers. I don’t normally recommend people go and watch films about superheroes because they can be quite lame. However, I do have time for The Avengers, Iron Man and the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy.
Now we all are aware that The Avengers was a mega success in the cinemas in 2012 with Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel) behind the scenes and screenplay. However, I found Thor: The Dark World was actually more enjoyable than The Avengers as I was more thoroughly entertained by the story line. Who knew there could be two good superhero films within 2 years?
2011 Thor director Kenneth Branagh (Frankenstein, Valkyrie, Much Ado About Nothing) took a leave of absence from the Thor: The Dark World due to other commitments, which allowed Games of Thrones director Alan Taylor to step in.
The scenes of Asgard are majestic, the fighting scenes are fun to watch, the space battleships are damn cool, and the film throws in laughs from time to time. What more could you want? 3D, yes the film is also available in 3D!
The cast is better than the superhero film norm with Sir Anthony Hopkins as the regal King Odin (Thor’s father), Natalie Portman as astrophysicist Jane Foster (Thor’s love interest), and award-winning UK theatre actor Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Thor’s brother). Unfortunately, Hopkins is rather lacklustre in the role of Odin (had he binged out too hard on Breaking Bad episodes?). I mean no disrespect sir, you are one of the finest actors ever full stop.
The cast also includes Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave, Doctor Who, Cracker) as the dark elf Malekith, Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, 28 Weeks Later) is the guardian Heimdall and Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Ronin, Zero Kelvin) plays the mad scientist Erik Selvig. Mads Mikkelson (Hannibal) was supposedly originally cast to play the evil Malekith but pulled out due to Hannibal’s filming commitments. It would have been interesting to see Hannibal v. Hannibal.
The Dark World is centred around astrophysicist Jane Foster and her studies of the stars (aka the alignment of the realms). Jane detects a strange portal on Earth and soon after begins to battle a dark force taking over her body. The dark elves are interested in this said force, and can sniff it out from a mile away… sometimes.
Thor obviously must protect Jane from the dark elves at all costs because it is his superhero duty, and Odin and Thor must beg to differ on the approach because that is the basis of a great conflict. Loki is the troublemaker who nobody can trust and the final scenes will have you scratching your head for days.
I was intrigued by Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki, and so was Whedon who apparently was so impressed by Hiddleston’s performance in the theatre production of Othello that he wrote him a juicy role of Loki for the original Thor movie. Is Hopkins passing on his baton to this young fine actor? I do hope so.
Don’t leave the cinema before the end credits roll as the colourful Benicio Del Toro (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Traffic, Snatch) moonlights in a cameo performance as The Collector. Can you believe Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is due to arrive to our screens in 2014? There is also some additional footage of Thor and Jane at the very end for all you die-hard fans.
I can genuinely recommend The Dark World to all you young elves if you are in the mood for a blockbuster. Besides, it will make Marvel happy that they avoiding making a shit superhero movie.
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