After, an underwhelming return earlier this year by "Iron Man," "Thor: the Dark World" is a return to Marvel at its best.
Two years after the events of the first film, Thor returns to Earth after he realizes his mortal girlfriend, Jane Foster, has become the centerpiece of a 10,000-year-old feud.
The entire cast returns from the first film, and give comparable performances. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman continue to have great chemistry as a couple, Anthony Hopkins is incredibly imposing as Odin and Kat Dennings continues to be hilarious as Darcy. Even with the strong returning cast, Tom Hiddleston steals the show as Loki. You remain guessing about his true motivations throughout the film. His final plan will leave audiences surprised and hungry for more.
The downside of the film is, unfortunately, its story. Though there is a new twist on an old cliché, it’s still an old cliché. The story is predictable, and you won’t be surprised by the main plot, but it is serviceable for what the film wishes to get across.
The visuals are usual Hollywood fare with lots of destruction and effects that seem to be popular now. The action is great, but the visual spectacle is lacking.
Overall "Thor: The Dark World" is an average action/fantasy movie that’s made extraordinary by its characters and writing. Though it is predictable, it’s still great.