Friday Features: 'Thor: The Dark World' review

Friday Features: 'Thor: The Dark World' review

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"Thor: The Dark World" is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some suggestive content. Running time is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

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by HAYDEN PITTMAN

WFAA Special Contributor

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

As an avid enthusiast of sci-fi films, I personally think Marvel, the studio behind "Thor: The Dark World," "Thor," "Iron Man," "The Avengers" and others alike, has done an incredible job at bringing extreme fantasy and imagination to the big screen.

These films entertain audiences and create a new cinematic experience by constructing new worlds, unexplained powers, monstrous evils, superheroes, intense sci-fi action and unimaginable journeys. That being said, these films are not for everyone and most definitely require a certain level of open-mindedness for this type of implausible content.

In the end, I think "Thor: The Dark World" (or Thor 2) is an awesome next step in this fantasy adventure, as it is a trip to the greatest place on earth for a sci-fi comic book lover, featuring incredible special effects, a colossal-sized universe, and increased story and character development. It has an excellent blend of fantasy, action, comedy, emotional moments, and much more. I undoubtedly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys this genre, and I challenge others with an open mind to give it a shot.

"Thor: The Dark World" begins thousands of years ago with a Lord of The Rings-esque intro that shows the warriors from the world of Asgard trying to defend a great power called the Aether from a race known as Dark Elves (Sound like a mouthful? Just wait). When the Elves have no likelihood at current success, their leader, Malekith, escapes and goes into hiding until he can strike again. Fast forward to today, and following the events of "Thor" and "The Avengers" on earth, the superhero/god, Thor of Asgard, must return home to fight a great evil and bring peace to the nine realms of the galaxy. Whilst doing so, his love interest, Jane Foster, a scientist on earth, stumbles across a glimpse of the Aether’s power and with a peak into another world, becomes infected by its energy. From here, we are taken on a journey across multiple realms as Thor tries to save Jane and stop the Dark Elves from acquiring the Aether, which they intend on using to destroy every realm and bring darkness to the universe.

As you can tell from the description, this fantasy packed film has a ton of information and involves an entire universe of material. From new alien creatures, to far out realms, to black gravity holes on earth and spread throughout the galaxy, to the large-scale cities on distant planets, Thor 2 is a fantasy thrill ride. Naturally, the film uses a combination of CGI, animation, special effects, and real-life action. For the most part, this matches up against most effects-driven movies, and the detail present is impressive.

Compared to "Thor" and other Marvel films, Thor 2 is far darker, increasingly more evil, and plays on a much larger, more in-depth scale. It basically has more of everything. An example here is the scientific or magical/supernatural element. As in previous films, the characters are dealing with unexplainable power, energy, and physics, which plays a large role in Thor 2 as we are constantly transported from one world to another, witnessing teleportation, gravity pulls, wormholes, and more. Some of this can be confusing at times, but the movie comes together in great fashion as a whole.

Additionally, there is a high level of humor that is refreshingly well expressed through light, playful dialogue and shown in a natural, unforced way. Each character has their shining moments, and their performances are substantially well done. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston give worthy, typical performances as Thor and Loki, respectively, and the film relies heavily on its mostly known supporting cast, who hold up their end and more. Christopher Eccleston gives a solid performance as the evil Malekith, and Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, and a number of the cast bring well-received comic relief.

All and all, "Thor: The Dark World" is very entertaining, visually exciting, and takes you on a great fantasy adventure. It’s fun and stimulating to see where each character has ended up after the events of "The Avengers" (Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, and here) and in this case, it further progresses the Thor storyline. There are more illusions and surprises than in other films of its nature, and Thor 2 makes me enthusiastic for the future of Marvel and fantasy action films alike. Check it out this weekend and decide for yourself.

Rated 4-out-of-5 stars.


"Thor: The Dark World" is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some suggestive content. Running time is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

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Hayden Pittman is a special contributor to WFAA.com and a freelance film critic and entertainment blogger out of Dallas. More of his content can be found on YouPlusDallas.com and his author archive here. He is a film, TV, and sports enthusiast, and hopes to pursue a future in filmmaking and screenwriting. As an average, passionate film lover who rarely misses a film, his reviews are straightforward and his way with words will let you know in a simple way what he thinks. Don’t like what he has to say? Let him know at haydenp@youplusmedia.com.

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