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King of the gods rules in ‘Thor’ sequel

By Quinn Garcia

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Chris Hemsworth returns as the Thundergod in “Thor 2”
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“Thor: The Dark World” continues the story of Thundergod Thor (Chris Hemsworth) after he trumps the frost giants in the prequel “Thor” and defeats Loki’s forces in “The Avengers.” His task is to bring order back to the nine realms and to protect his love, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and above all, secure safety in his home realm of Asgard.

Jane discovers an ancient weapon that is powerful beyond control and accidentally awakens Asgard’s most deadly enemy, Malekith. To save the realms and Jane, Thor is forced into a desperate partnership with his evil “brother” Loki.

Alan Taylor (director of hit TV series “Game of Thrones”) replaces Kenneth Branagh, who directed the previous Thor movie. In this version, Taylor offers a more humorous dialogue, which helps relieve the viewer of stress after a big fight scene.

A few parts of the story are under developed.  For example, a viewer may be curious as to why the Avengers were not able to swoop in and save the day. But suspension of belief is a big part of superhero movies, and a sequel is meant to go deeper into characters and provide entertainment to a large population of Marvel Comic fans–along with other people. This movie succeeds in this aspect.

The plot of the movie is very straight forward: Good vs Evil in a battle that dates back thousands of years. However, the script does a wonderful job of incorporating aspects of the past movies and also the future of Thor and Asgard. It delves deeply into the complex relationship between Thor and Loki that had been developed in both “Thor” and “The Avengers” in a humorous way, which breaks a lot of suspenseful moments.

The villains of the story and their past are slightly under-explained. They are sure evil and prove to be a good match up for Thor leading to many exciting action packed fight scenes; however the characters themselves are rather flat and uninteresting. They eventually just serve as punching bags for Thor.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki is great in the movie. His mixture of humor and charm makes him the most lovable villain out there. He does not get a lot of action in the movie but the scenes he is in are often the most interesting. One could argue that the movie’s high point is actually in the feud and friendship of Thor and Loki. Hiddleston truly is a great addition to the cast starting from the beginning in “Thor.”

The budget of the movie was estimated to be $120 million, and with good reason. There are a lot of fantastic special effects and a lot of effort put into the fight scenes as well as the simple scenery of Asgard and other mystical places. The imagery makes Asgard into a real place in the mind of the viewer. It can also be seen in 3D but unlike “Avatar” or “The Life of Pi,” it is not essential to the enjoyment of the film.

“Thor: The Dark World” has proven to be a success not only in my mind, but also in the box office. The film raked in an unexpected $87 million opening weekend which ranked among the high of the year with “World War Z” and “Fast and Furious 6.”

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