Thor: The Dark World

Out Now On-Demand

Marvel’s Thor returns in this post-Avengers battle to save Earth and all the nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that pre-dates the universe itself. Chris Hemsworth returns to the hammer, alongside Tom Hiddleston's Loki, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba under new director Alan Taylor (TV's Game of Thrones).

In the aftermath of Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012), Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos. But an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin (Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor's task will reunite him with Jane Foster (Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

With Iron Man 3 having demonstrated that a post-Avengers movie focusing on “only” one superhero can still be a heck of a lot of fun, it now falls upon Thor: The Dark World to reinforce that point. While this blockbuster never quite reaches the giddy heights of the unexpectedly awesome Iron Man 3, it's still a perfectly enjoyable exercise in superheroics, and much more fun to watch than Man of Steel.

Advance word promised more of Asgard this time around and, even more so than the first film, Thor: The Dark World qualifies as a space-bound adventure. There are awesome space ships, aliens (of sorts) and a number of different worlds.

The relationship between Thor and Natalie Portman's Jane is re-engaged after having been ignored for The Avengers and it once again provides the emotional thrust of the movie.

The film suffers for the familiarity of its Macguffin - it is yet ANOTHER infinitely powerful weapon that could destroy the universe. But the guy who wants to wield it - a “dark elf” played by Christopher Eccleston - feels relatively original.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki is often described as a “fan favourite”, but I, for one, am getting tired of his smirky shenanigans. Plus the film fails to come up with anything interesting for Thor's band of merry men to do - they were one of the best parts of the first film.

Director Alan Taylor - a Games of Thrones veteran - doesn't display Thor helmer Kenneth Branagh's talent for creatively-staged action or tilty camera-work, but he steps up to the task of lending everything the requisite gravitas.

I felt a little action starved in the first half, but Thor: The Dark World perks up considerably in the final third. It may lack the surprise of the first film, but Marvel Studios is still making the best superhero movies around.

Empire (UK)

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As confident and assured as its lead character, Marvel's great run continues.

Guardian (UK)

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Thanks to Hiddleston and Hemsworth's impressive collective charisma, [this is] far from a franchise killer.

Hollywood Reporter

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Too much hammer time, not enough fun, except when Loki's onscreen.

Time Out London

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This is a grander, pacier film crammed with sprawling prog-rock landscapes, masked elf armies and giant spaceships over Greenwich.

Total Film (UK)

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Marvel's man with the mallet does all that's required of him in a breakneck sequel that's never dark for long.

Variety (USA)

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This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.

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The worst of the Marvel films so far, almost too serious for its own good, but still, as movies go, not too bad.


Brilliant

Love this one. Brilliant So excited the brothers are back. Yeeehaa


brothers back to back

loki back


Thor't I'd buy it... think I will

Another great Marvel product... fantastic production, graphics, continuity of interwoven Marvel stories and humour to boot.


Thunderous Thor!

Great sequel to the original, this film further develops Thor's story while also tying up lose ends from other marvel movies. There is plenty of humour which Chris Hemsworth does so well as Thor. Lending to the swagger and confidence that comes from a young god like being that can harness the power of thunder and lightening at will! Thor & Loki's relationship takes a turn and the dark elves prove a formidable foe. While this is an action movie it defiantly does not rule out a date night with the girlfriend not forgetting the underlying growing love story that is growing between Natalie Portmans character and Thor. Great sequel and great potential for future marvel movies! Oh and stay until the very end of the credits for the final scene of the movie!!! there was only four of us in the entire cinema to see it!!!


Where a Thunder God is funnier than a Billionaire in a “Suit”

When you’re part of the Marvel stable of films, I wonder how much anxiety there is with the release of a film that falls under its label.

Each film by itself has proven successful, and with a unified universe, it has an element to it, which will draw audience members in for a healthy box office performance.

I’m not saying a film, which falls under Marvel, has the right to be terrible, but if you’re a character who was in the “Avengers” film, couldn’t you almost have a bit of fun with it?

Because that’s what appears to happen in “Thor: The Dark World”.

“Thor: The Dark World” picks up around 2 years after the events of “Thor”, and following continuity from the aforementioned “Avengers” film and “Iron Man 3”, it looks to be around a year after these films.

With references popping up every scene to their movie universe, Marvel continues to weave their stories well, which only makes the film even more enjoyable to watch.

You wouldn’t think the tale of a fabled Norse God and his love for a mortal, with war being waged on a universal level would be funny, but this film is, and it’s all the better for it.

You’ll find yourself laughing in moments of tension, with the production team almost making sure the audience doesn’t experience too much duress or sorrow as events unfold.

Alan Taylor picks up directing duties from Kenneth Branagh; Taylor being famous for directing on the television series “Game Of Thrones”.

And this shows.

Bringing a grittier feel to the world of Thor, it really showcases the Viking mythology that is always slightly referred to, which reminds the audience we are not really dealing with Gods, but with a race far more advanced than ourselves.

The majority of the cast from the first film returns, with the only change coming from supporting character “Fandral”, with Zachary Levi replacing Joshua Dallas due to the latter’s commitment to the television series “Once Upon A Time”.

FUN FACT! Zachary Levi was almost signed for the first “Thor” as Fandral, but couldn’t take part due to his commitment to the television series “Chuck”, which left these duties to Joshua Dallas. Talk about full circle!

“Thor: The Dark World” helps continue the strong start to Phase 2 of Marvel’s movie universe plans, which leads to the release of the “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” in 2015.

You should make like lightning and head to the cinema to watch a great popcorn flick, which, including the “Stinger” endings, clocks in at under 2 hours.

It’s really a great, fun film in one easy to carry Mjölnir.

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Thor is awesome

I thought the movie was good. Started off a little slow but once it got going the humour and special effects were really well done, a must watch for Marvel fans.


More Thor for sure

To be honest, I was pretty bored through most of Kenneth Branagh's first ‘Thor’ movie. Mind you, he had the unenviable task of laying all that other-worldly groundwork and introducing all those not-Norse-gods-but-alien characters. This time Alan Taylor’s at the helm, and he’s directed episodes of some of the best shows on TV - ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ so I was confident he could deliver on the drama front. And deliver he has. It’s a meatier script than the first, with more rounded characters, a great cast (including ‘Doctor Who’ Chris Eccleston as baddie and all round dark elf, Malekith) and return visits from Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson, Stellan Skarsgard, and Idris Elba.

In terms of fantasy fare, it’s pretty top notch. Lots of nods and the odd guest appearance from other marvel superhero movies, including, of course, ‘The Avengers.’ There’s the usual ultimate weapon thingy that could destroy us all (yawn), and the fate of the universe is at stake (again) – but that seems to be a major plot device in Marvel movies. That cliché aside, ‘Thor’ 2 offers fantasy adventure movie fun, with a good dose of humour, action, thrills and spills. Natalie Portman gets a lot more to do this time round, and you can’t help but admire Chris Hemsworth’s ability to pull off such a so-almost-ridiculous role without being laughable - and with such astounding abs and pecs.

The special effects are up to Marvel’s usual high standards and Taylor proves himself a solid director at the helm of his first big screen blockbuster. It’s no game-changer, nothing astounding – but it’s a darn rollicking ride while it lasts and, aside from the plodding intro setting up stuff most of us already know, ‘Thor’ should please comic book movie lovers, fantasy film fans and popcorn thrill-ride junkies alike. Oh, and stick around – there’s not one but two “end” credits scenes to keep you in your seat.