in Movie Reviews, Thor on November 8, 2013
I finally watched Thor: The Dark World today! Overall, Thor: The Dark World was a good superhero film – not fantastic, but good enough. I thought it was great that even though the movie had a pretty dark theme, it still managed to inject bits of humour here and there so things didn’t feel all gloom and doom. However, the character development was definitely lacking in this film.
Thousands of years ago, the Dark Elves were defeated by Asgardian warriors in a bid to send the universe into darkness. They were after a powerful powerful protoplasm-like weapon known as the Aether. Malekith escaped and bides his time for another opportunity. As the Aether is too powerful to be destroyed, the Asgardian warriors took to burying it deep in a hidden place instead.
In the present day, Thor is busy bringing peace to the nine realms. Jane Foster discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. While investigating, she gets sucked into a wormhole and is infected by the Aether. Thor goes to Earth and brings Jane to Asgard to seek a cure.
Malekith, sensing the opportunity, attacks Asgard to seek out the Aether, killing Thor and Loki’s mother, Frigga in the process. Odin wants to keep Jane on Asgard to lure Malekith out, but Thor disagrees and decides on a different plan, with the aid of his brother Loki. However, can Loki be trusted?
For Thor (Chris Hemsworth), even though he’s the superhero of the film and he’s righteous, seeking justice and all, his character is just too straightforward and predictable. Which means – boring! His Mjolnir hammer is pretty cool though, which is the only thing going for him in my opinion. Made me glad I wore my Thor hammer necklace to the screening!
In The Dark World, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was the one who totally stole the show with his witty comebacks, sarcasm and his character’s shades of grey. In fact, things were pretty boring the first half while he was locked up in prison. Whenever he appeared though, things immediately perked up. It also helps that he contributed to plenty of the show’s funny moments. I totally understand the Loki obsession going on now, with his witty lines and “Ehehehe” laugh! There’s just something about this guy that really pulls you to him, whether he’s being Loki or being himself.
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is an independent, intelligent astrophysicist and that showed in the first movie. However, in The Dark World, she is basically just the host storing the evil power being protected by the Asgardians. Besides that, there’s really nothing much else going for her. In Mandarin, the term for such roles is called “hua ping”. It literally translates to “flower vase”, and means someone who is just there to look pretty.
There are some weak attempts to inject some spunk into her, like when she asks Odin “Who do you think you are?” and when she slaps Loki (“That was for New York!”). Other than that her character was pretty flat this time around. Even her intern, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) showed more spunk in this movie than her! Pretty disappointing for a female lead, huh?
Despite the weak female lead, there were other strong women characters in the show, namely Frigga (Rene Russo), Queen of Asgard, also stepmother of Thor and adoptive mother of Loki, as well as Sif, an Asgardian warrior with a love interest in Thor.
Frigga showed that she was brave and willing to fight to defend her kingdom, while Sif showed that she could hold her own when fighting the enemy. I wish there were more scenes for Sif as her character was severely underdeveloped. It’s definitely not the end of the Thor series though, so there is still hope there!
P.S. Keep a lookout for several cameos, they are hilarious!
P.P.S. Stay in your seats for the end credits scene!