The curse of the sequels might be broken, but let’s not jump the gun on that. For a change there is finally a sequel which if not exceeds at least matches up to the first part. Take a bow people behind the scenes…take a bow.
Thor returns to another smashing movie and picks up his hammer right where he left it. Witty one liners, the picturesque cinematography, larger than life action sequences and all done in one of the better 3D movies too.
The story begins with a race of beings known as Dark Elves who tried to send the universe into darkness by using the “Aether”. But Asgardians would have none of that and stopped them from doing that. But somehow their evil leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escapes and vows to return when the time is right. Now the warriors from Asgard have no clue how to destroy the Aether and since it can’t be destroyed, they try to hide it. (Uh-oh!)
Present day, and we meet Jane Foster (the supremely talented Natalie Portman) who while dealing with her heartbreak over Thor discovers a wormhole and is sucked into it. Thor also wants to return to Earth but his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins who really does sound like a King of Realms, even in general) refuses to let him. Thor finds out that Jane disappeared (wormhole!!). He rushes to Earth finds out that Jane now has the Aether in her (Bear with it!). Enter Malekith, who now is awake and senses that the time is right.
Meanwhile Loki (Tom Hiddlestone, who has somehow made Loki one of those brilliant arch-nemeses, a guy you love to hate) is rotting in prison for his entire escapade on Earth (Ref: The Avengers & Thor part 1). Thor needs his help to bring down Malekith; Loki gladly agrees but wants his freedom in exchange.
Will Malekith win? Will Thor be able to save humanity from darkness for all eternity? Will trusting Loki cost Thor? Will Jane be saved? Too many questions? Only one way. ?
The movie is very well made. The acting is the icing on the cake. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman seem to have a decent chemistry (as all good looking people usually do) and Anthony Hopkins remains true to his high standards. Rene Russo (as Frigga, Thor’s mother), Kat Dennings as the funny, chirpy (though as times over the top) side kick to Jane, Stellan as the nutty professor, and a whole horde of others gets you a great team doing a great job.
Ah yes…but I missed one.
Tom Hiddleston!! He steals the show as Loki, who has now become one of the ‘cooler’ bad guys after Agent Smith and the Joker. I was a little worried that having Loki again might make him a tad repetitive but in this movie, he definitely OWNS it. The main pulling point in film is the relationship between Thor and Loki and it’s this that gives the film a really satisfying depth and interest.
The only downside of this movie I would say is Christopher Eccleston’s Malakith. I agree he is a super bad guy and wants to finish the world, but then he doesn’t interact with enough characters apart from Thor and he never goes into any detail about WHY he is doing what he is doing. Thus, overall he seems a tad weak and lackluster and couple that with his dull and average evil scheme, as a super villain he seems borderline with Dr. Evil (Ref: Austin Powers). Also, there is very little time spent in character development (much as it was in the first film) and Thor’s friends are nowhere near as interesting as the Avengers, or maybe they are but don’t get enough screen time. I guess they simply needed these characters to all remain in the back ground and not take the focus away.
Having said all of this, the one thing that I am happy about was that they didn’t ruin Thor. Sequels as I have mentioned time and time again tend to never live up to their originals and Thor2 definitely is more of the exception than the rule. It’s a perfect continuation to the series and Marvel seems to have found a goldmine with this unexpected super hero. I’ll bet they had their money on Ironman but I guess this would be a pleasant little surprise for them.
The movie is a typical super hero action flick. Less brains, more brawns and thrown in with a dash of humor. The mix is perfect. I would definitely recommend you to watch this movie.
As a side note, stay till the end, and I mean till the credits… you will want to see the last part. ?