Note: This review contains spoilers

Whenever I am asked to go watch a superhero movie, something in my head switches off. It takes a lot for a superhero film to interest me as the genre is simply one that just I don’t find appealing. I think the market has become saturated in the last couple of years and directors need to do something astounding to make a great superhero film. That being said Alan Taylor’s, Thor: The Dark World is not great, it’s excruciatingly ‘meh’.

I felt that the story, which revolves around Asgard’s new (reborn?) enemy Malekith and his attempt to destroy the Universe and bring the Dark Elves darkness, had no bite to it. It didn’t grip me as much as I would’ve hoped and by the end of the film, it made me feel like the whole reason this film exists is as filler. A set-up to Thor three which will be following one of the only enemies I like in the Marvel universe, Loki.

Despite my disinterest with the story, I did however appreciate the acting. Chris Hemsworth plays a mighty fine Thor and has managed to grasp the role better than other actors could and I can’t blame him for the average appeal this film has. Similarly, I have really come to enjoy Idris Elba as an actor and even though he only plays Heimdall, the watcher of the nine realms, he manages to add a whole epic layer to his character. Simply through the tone of his voice and his completely awesome destruction of one of Malekith’s ships, his role stands out better than many others. Plus, as usual, Tom Hiddleston perfectly captures Loki as a character and adds dry humour which brings an often much needed rest from the seriousness of the film. Hiddleston and Hemsworth’s chemistry on set is also brilliant.

Unlike the rest of the cast however, Anthony Hopkins as Odin added very little emotional depth to his role – he didn’t grip me on an emotional level and even when Frigga (Rene Russo) dies, Hopkins manages to come off as dull and unresponsive. That said, I understand this may be that I’m not familiar with Odin as a character and how he should respond to such events, but this means that his character development is weak and doesn’t highlight Odin’s personality very well.

I also found it very difficult to like Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her entourage, but this isn’t necessarily because of the acting. The writers (made up of eight people) literally rammed this group with a variety of ‘humorous’ quips and responses that, to me, came off as forced and at some points, needless. Humour does have a place in the film but it just didn’t find the right place this time and because of the poor written direction, the narrative starts falling flat and stale.

The film did have some high points though, much of the acting is spot on and as with any Marvel film, the fights are on a grandeur scale, this time adding the fun of teleportation to the mix that allowed for some good old slapstick comedy. I also enjoyed London as a setting. It definitely fitted the dull narrative and was a great change of pace compared to the majority of superhero films that are set in America – mostly New York.

I think my key issue with this film was that it lacked flair and with a market full of superhero films, you need some flair or else the film simply fails to stand out. I wanted to be ‘wowed’ and to put it simply, Thor: The Dark World doesn’t ‘wow’ me.


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