If you enjoyed Thor in 2011 (and why wouldn’t you – with its action-packed storyline and sprightly overtones) you’ll probably enter the cinema with high hopes for The Dark World. At a glance, the film looks promising – villains that are older than time itself (the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim), Thor’s reunion with astrophysicist Jane Foster and the introduction of a powerful but sinister source of dark matter, the Aether. However, as the film unfolds, you realise the second edition doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor.
But first, the good bits. The majestic splendour of Asgard and its surrounding galaxies are given the full cinematic treatment; every time the camera pans the planet, you’re treated to a sumptuous visual feast. During scenes where Thor is zipping from one end of Asgard to another in flight, you almost wish you had 3D glasses on to drink in the whole experience … and this is coming from someone who doesn’t even like 3D movies!
Another thing that I enjoyed about the film was how the two main characters – Thor and Loki – aren’t portrayed as either completely good or evil. Even as he grapples with running the Nine Realms, you glimpse flashes of Thor’s old arrogance and impatience, making the Norse God of Thunder seem, well, more relatable. Even Loki, whose blind ambition birthed a diabolical mind, could not hold back his devastation when (spoiler alert) someone close to him passes on.
Speaking of Loki, it’s almost criminal that Tom Hiddleston’s talent was (literally) locked away for almost the entire first half of the film. I say literally, because the first half of the film sees Loki being imprisoned for his crimes on Earth, and he’s only freed because Thor needed his help. As per the first film, Hiddleston shines in his role; he’s silkily confident in one moment and ragingly indignant in the next. His multi-layered character makes it hard to decide whether you loathe or love him … a decision his own family members find hard to reconcile as well.
That said, the unconvincing love story between Thor and Jane Foster was what marred the overall film experience for me. To be fair, I felt the same about the first film. Unlike other superhero-mortal couplings (Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, etc), there’s not enough romantic build-up and sexual tension between Thor and Jane. You don’t really understand why they’re so enamoured with each other, ridiculously hot body and beautiful face aside.
The Dark World was also not as well-paced as the earlier edition – the first half was a tad too draggy and delved too much in back story – which caused a couple of “zone out” moments for me. However, as far as superhero movies go, this is entertaining enough with more than a few wisecracking scenes to redeem itself. Maybe catch it on a weekday when tickets are cheaper?
Thor: The Dark World is now showing in cinemas island-wide.
About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.
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