Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
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For all its flaws, and there are quite a few, overall this is a very entertaining movie. The alliance between Thor and Loki was genius, Tom Hiddleston was brilliant, the comic moments were very good. If we disregard a slow first half and quite a few plot holes, the rest is pure unadulterated fun! Infinitely better than its predecessor.
The demigod's girlfriend happens to be in London when an invisible worm-hole to another world (where the demigod's grandparent had exiled a red substance that turns matter into anti-matter) appears in London and leads her there, only to be possessed by the substance in a way that does never resemble Frodo and The One Ring. Svartalfheim doesn't look like Mt Doom at all. I love coincidences.
While this sequel does correct some of the issues of the original, it has plenty of issues itself. The story isn't begging to be told, the villain is so-so (despite a good climactic fight), & it has an average quality overall even if the comedy and serious scenes work better this time. But its Elba, Russo, & Hiddleston who are the real shining stars and it's a shame they don't get as much screen time as they deserve.
Repairs some faults from the first one and make Asgard looks a lot more realistic and Viking-like than a glossy set and the story expands a little on the established mythology. Chris Hemsworth has also grown good into the role and the ensemble do a solid job, but the inclusion of Loki feels forced and uninspired and most of the plot twists are easy to predict. The villain is also underwhelming. Some humor helps.
Much like the first "Thor" film, "The Dark World" has no shortage of visual splendor, from the amazing sets and costumes to the (mostly) impressive special effects. But, as with said first film, the spectacle can't overcome a bland and often confusing story, with way too many sudden tonal changes. When the film is over, you don't really feel that the franchise has made any significant progression.