Marvel’s newest film not quite living up to its expectations
The newest installment of Marvel’s cinematic universe, Thor: The Dark World, came out on November 8, 2013. Serving as both a sequel to Thor in 2011, as well as The Avengers in 2012, the film was highly anticipated by lovers of the Norse superhero.
The film started out well, automatically plunging audiences into the new background story of the plot ahead of us. After a quick “history” lesson, the plot moved to Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and what happened to him after his actions in The Avengers.
The plot continued moving rapidly, introducing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a heavy action scene while educating audiences on his doings since The Avengers as well. It then moves to Thor’s love interest from the 2011 film, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Thor and Jane are quickly reunited, almost too quickly, as if eager to add some romance to the plot as soon as possible.
The romance part of the movie seemed a little forced and didn’t add much to the overall plot. It was rushed into in the beginning and then didn’t exactly fit with the plot. After where their relationship left off in Thor, the romance storyline between Thor and Jane had to be continued; however, it was not incorporated into the film as well as it could have been.
The film, called The Dark World, would be expected to be fairly dark, and while there were a couple of dramatic scenes, a good portion of the film was filled with comical quips and one-liners. While a little comedy is good in any film, Marvel may have taken the comedy too far this time. It seemed like cover up for an underdeveloped plotline.
The comedic remarks made the movie funny and very entertaining to watch, but made the movie feel out of place among the other epic tales in Marvel’s universe. In fact, it almost felt like more of a parody film that was trying too hard to make audiences laugh.
The film, while enjoyable, did not meet the standards that Marvel had set out to meet. It was not the epic continuation of the great and powerful Thor, more like a comedy with a forced romance and action plot thrown into it.
My Rating: ⅗ Stars