Thor: it’s a dark, dark world
Thank god for Loki.
While Thor: Dark World is plenty dark, especially compared to The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) does his best to lighten the mood even when the movie is at its darkest. Hiddleston probably has the best character in the film.
The only reason that there is a question is because some of the other characters just don’t get enough play. Sif (Jaimie Alexander) is a complicated woman who could use a little more time. Her back story is probably fascinating, and she could make a good foil for Thor even while Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is all lovelorn and goo-goo eyed.
Josh Dallas was replaced by Zachary Levi as Fandral, and it just doesn’t work. Fandral was the archetype swordsman and rogue a la Errol Flynn. Dallas played him with enthusiasm and joy even while Fandral was being speared by the Frost Giants. There is something missing in Levi’s performance and part of it is the joy.
Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) gets entirely removed from the story.
Darcy (Kat Dennings) is more serious than her New Mexico incarnation, and her superfluous intern, Ian (Jonathan Howard), isn’t worth remembering. There are places where he is supposed to provide the comic relief, but fails miserable whether that is Howard’s fault or a fault in the script, it is unclear. Likely, it is a combination of the two.
Christopher Eccleston is also in the film, which gave me the relationship to the Doctor that I was looking for. Because of the films location, I was reminded of Torchwood, but I didn’t understand why.
In spite of its flaws, this is one of the few films that I would actually go to see more than once on the big screen. As part of the Thor Marathon, it was easier to find things that weren’t great. However, that is only because the bar was raised so high with all of the Marvel properties. As a film on its own, it is good enough to warrant a second or third viewing.
Then we can hope that the next Thor will feature more Loki, more Sif and more of the Darcy from New Mexico.
Oh, and do yourself a favor. Stay all the way through all of the credits. Sooner or later, they are just going to tack on an entire other movie.
Check out Romney's Review of Thor: Dark World
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