Thor: The Dark World is the 8th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A universe that is an incredible feat in moviemaking. Sure, not all the movies have been mind blowing but that doesn’t change the fact that what Marvel/Disney is doing is changing movies, more notably the big blockbuster films. They have these intertwined films in a way that we’ve never really seen before, it’s all one big universe…just like a comic book. And I love it. As for this 2nd installment in the Thor franchise, it’s pretty good, is it the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? No, not really. But, it is certainly an improvement over the 1st film. The movie opens with an opening narration just like the first one about the Dark Elf Malekith who wants to destroy the universe using a weapon named the Aether. This takes place a long time before the days of Odin’s rule and involved Odin’s father, Bor. Time passes after the Dark Elves have failed and we turn back to Thor in present day.
Loki is sent to prison. Thor is lonely but protecting the nine realms. And we have an onslaught of fun action scenes that felt very Lord of the Rings esque which I loved. The Dark Elves are the main villains in this film but they aren’t exactly the most interesting which has been a problem in most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Loki really being the only standout villain out of all the films, at least in my opinion. There is still plenty of great action pieces especially towards the end which rather than being a big, insane fight is slightly more focused and certainly fun. The humor is there, not in The Avengers doses, but it certainly is still there, especially with Loki and Tom Hiddleston doing a great job.
I don’t expect to go into these movies and get my life changed or be enlightened in some way. I come to have fun. And I certainly did. Is the movie a bit safe? Yeah, it kind of is, it doesn’t try to doing anything crazy or even for the most part, impact the Cinematic Universe a whole lot but it still delivers where it needs to…be entertaining. Overall, I don’t think I need to be telling you to see the movie because most of you probably already have…but, these are Event Movies and that’s truly what I love the most, these have to be seen in theaters with a large crowd who are excited to see it just as much as you are, that’s the way to do it.