Thor: The Dark World is the second standalone Thor movie and this time we have a brand new director. When TDW first came out I was really excited because I wanted to see what happened to Thor and Loki after the events of Avengers. I was also looking forward to seeing Thor be a super powered God for the entire movie. Did the Dark World deliver and does it still hold up years later? Well let’s start from the beginning.
The film opens with an opening narration and battle that feels like a discount B movie of Lord of the Rings. To make matters worst the entire sequence looks like it was rendered in a PS2. The color filter used for a majority of the movie when in the dark world looks awful. The biggest issue however is the introduction and execution on the villains in this movie. The dark elves have no personality and don’t feel like a threat to our heroes. The most they do is murder a defenseless woman by stabbing her in the back. This in turn causes the movie to have no stakes and get very boring especially in the 3rd act.
The best part of this film is as expected Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Their chemistry is still fantastic and the 2nd act of this movie is the highlight with their drama taking center stage. This is Thor:TDW’s biggest problem, the focus is in the wrong place.
Speaking of the wrong place, I have to mention the inclusion of the human characters again, who this time come off as annoying and not much else. Everyone from Jane to Darcy and even Selvig is an idiot in this movie and anytime the movie focuses on them the pacing hits a complete and total stop.
This will be a short review but the truth is there isn’t much to say about the movie. It’s a total mess that doesn’t work due to its terrible villains, annoying human characters, and below average effects. Thor and Loki just aren’t enough to save this hot mess of a movie. Luckily Ragnarok would not be far away.
Sif: “I’ve got this completely under control”
Thor: “Is that why everything’s on fire?”