Alan Taylor has taken over the director’s hot-seat from Kenneth Branagh for the highly anticipated Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World. After saving the day with The Avengers in New York, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to bring peace to the nine realms. In doing so he must face his most sinister challenger to-date: Malekith the “Dark Elf” (Christopher Eccleston).
Taylor’s The Dark World will leave hardcore Thor fans satisfied following Branagh’s charismatic original. The sequel still holds the same personality traits with its dry wit, charm and often quirky style, but underneath it all holds a much darker core.
The increased screen time of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is one of the major factors in the films success. Hiddleston, who has become a cult-figure amongst Marvel fans for his portrayal of Thor’s bad-boy brother, shines with his sinister, yet surprisingly charming, demeanour that you can not help but like. Hiddleston and Hemsworth’s superb on-screen chemistry makes the duos unlikely partnership in the film both believable, and extremely endearing to watch.
It is hard not to picture Malekith (Eccleston) and his band of weird looking cyborg-type creatures as something that had come straight out of Doctor Who. Malekith says very little that you can understand, but his menacing persona speaks loader than any two words could. The science crew of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) return and are now based in the UK, with Darcy given a more prominent role. Her sassy nature takes centre stage, as Jane Foster’s intern now has her own intern in the shape of British student Ian Boothby (Jonathan Howard).
The Dark World will leave Thor fans itching for more of The God of Thunder. It is not just a darker, edger film than the first movie, but we get a more intimate insight into the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster. The performance of Tom Hiddleston, however, is the real stand-out of an impressive sequel.