With a style that resembles the newest Star Wars films, new director Alan Taylor has stepped into the shoes of the inimitable Kenneth Brannagh, and you could say he has succeeded. After all, he has directed 12 episodes of Game of Thrones; the man knows what he is doing with physical and verbal fights.
BECAUSE the best parts of Thor: The Dark World are the moments when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are onscreen together. Yes, I am going to talk about this before even starting to tell you what the plot is about. Not important right now.
Hemsworth and Hiddleston share chemistry even bigger than the one between the former and Natalie Portman. Their exchange of words is hilarious, like watching two teen brothers fight over trivial issues, simply because they are brothers and that is what they are supposed to do, even if one of them has tried to enslave the entire human race and whatnot. Like I said, trivial stuff.
So back to the plot, Thor has returned to Asgard after saving the Earth from Loki with his avenging friends, and he has spent his time making peace in the Nine Realms, which are soon to become aligned for some kind of –scientific?- reason. This upcoming event makes Jane Foster (Portman) inadvertently absorb the Aether into her body. Now, the Aether is a force that bad guy/thingy Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, underusing his acting skills) wants, which means he needs Foster. Luckily for her, Thor finds her first, and if you want to know the rest of the plot, buy a ticket to see the film, you lazy.
As it happened with The Avengers, some of the greatest bits of the movie belong to the interaction between characters, despite the majesty of the action scenes –which take place in Greenwich!-. Hemsworth and Loki get some really good lines, but I am pleased to say that Stellan Skarsgård provides the best comic relief moments, Stonehenge naked walking included. One of his finest moments is when he asks Thor about his brother. Priceless.
Of course, one of the main appeals of Thor is his feelings of “fish out of water” when he is on Earth, whether it’s getting on an old car, taking the tube at Charing Cross to go back to a fight or putting his hammer where others put their coats.
And as usual, some good cameos can be expected. And not expected. In fact, the unexpected made me grin from ear to ear.
By the time the movie had reached the hour, I had forgotten about Brannagh, I am embarrassed to say. But Taylor had put an interesting Game of Thrones vibe to the very colourful and futuristic Asgard, and that is quite an achievement.
Paul Mount from Starbust says that this is a “thrilling, dynamic and occasionally laugh out-loud sequel that sets a new bar for the cinematic superhero genre”, while Chris Hewitt from Empire states that “nobody is better than Marvel at this blockbuster business right now”. Well, from my humble point of view, Thor is just Marvel´s way of emulating William Shakespeare.
EXCERPTS FROM LOKI´S “I HATE MY BIG BRO” DIARY
A bonus point is the better use of Anthony Hopkins, who spent most of the first film sleeping, but has a more prominent role here.
Chris O´Dowd as Foster´s new “boyfriend”. Just when I thought these films couldn´t be better.
So,who is going to kill the Jotunheim Beast? Because it is somewhere in London, wandering around…
I found Darcy quite irritating on the first film, but she turns out to be funnier now. She almost reaches the Loki level of one-liners.
I want to look like Rene Russo when I am 60.
Some hilarious lines spoken on this film were –unsurprisingly- improvised.
There is a particularly Shakespeare-related moment. Hamlet-related, actually. An allusion to the painting Ophelia, by Sir John Everett Millais.
“Well done. You just decapitated your grandfather”.
“I think you missed a column”.