My 9th straight Avenger film over C+…just barely
You can’t really ding Thor 2 for not being as epic as The Avengers – we expected that. To be honest the superhero isn’t as interesting anymore now that he’s the selfless and responsible God that Asgard needs him to be. So it made sense for Marvel and director Alan Taylor to shift the focus of the film to the rest of Thor’s posse to keep things interesting. With the aid of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Darcy (Kat Dennings), Fandral (Zachary Levi), and even Captain America, The Dark World salvages itself from becoming a definite black sheep in the franchise and provides enough thrills and unique visuals to consider it a worthwhile watch.
While most of the movie’s flaws can be easily forgiven, there are a couple of things I would like to mention. First is the apparent weakness of the villain, Malekith, despite the film trying so hard to make him look incredibly powerful with the capability to destroy the Earth. And because I wasn’t convinced with him I never felt truly engrossed with what he was doing. The other problem is that Marvel got a little ahead of itself when it came to advertising their next product. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but some reveals felt forced and were never really explained. And the ending (I’m not talking about the end-credits) wasn’t that satisfying as it just left me confused, although I could see other people thinking differently.
Fortunately the level of entertainment Thor provides as a whole allowed me to overlook those problems. The CGI work put into Asgard and the warships is commendable and I enjoyed most of the action bombarded towards me. It’s also hard not to laugh at the punchlines because the cast’s comic timing is perfect. It also minimizes dull scenes and pulls the mood back when it’s about to get overly silly or serious. This means that in the end, most of my issues don’t really matter as long as you just want to have a good time. I just felt like a little extra effort wouldn’t hurt.