‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review

Mary Marvin mmarv339@uwsp.edu

Fans of the Marvel movie universe were pleased this weekend with the release of “Thor: The Dark World,” the second installment in the Thor series.

The movie introduces a new race of aliens as the main antagonists: the Dark Elves. The leader of the Dark Elves is called Malekith, played by “Doctor Who’s” Christopher Eccleston. It must be in his contract somewhere that he can’t film anywhere other than space or London, because that is where the movie is set, ending with a battle in Greenwich.

The movie picks up right where “The Avengers” left off, with Loki facing his father, Odin, in Asgard. Loki continues to be cheeky, Odin yells, and Thor’s hair waves majestically in the breeze. Frigga, Thor and Loki’s mother, has a much bigger role in this sequel. She shows off her fighting prowess as a warrior queen and gained some fans of her own.

For Chris Hemsworth fans, this movie is a must-see, even just to watch his luscious hair flow or his muscles glisten in the lamplight. There’s also Natalie Portman and Jaimie Alexander’s gorgeousness to appreciate. Not to mention Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba. Everybody will be pleased, guaranteed.

The soundtrack to this movie was just beautiful. The heroic horns and pounding drums gave scenes a warrior-like feel, and battle sequences were lushly orchestrated. When sad things happened that cannot be mentioned for fear of spoilers, the strings and vocals were so gorgeous, heartstrings were pulled and deep breaths had to be taken. Composer Brian Tyler, who also did the music for “Iron Man 3” and “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag,” did a marvelous job with Thor.

Don’t forget to stay through the amazingly animated credits for a bonus scene. Marvel has caught on that people don’t like sitting through credits, so they have a shorter version with main cast and crew, then a bonus scene possibly relating to the upcoming feature “Guardians of the Galaxy.” After this, however, there is a second bonus scene. I recommend staying for both. Totally worth it. 

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