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.
It had its moments but the story is uneven and the big bad is frankly rubbish. The scenes with Loki half way in merely reinforce this. One of the first marvel films which felt like production line output, Alan Taylor undoes the good work he did on Game of Thrones and clearly could not shout loudly enough against the Marvel machine.
Visually fantastic and the way things came together and concluded was great. However, the flow of the movie is butchered for the sake of pacing, and for a movie with so much story to tell, this makes it a very rough viewing. I had to rewind the heavy storytelling scenes a few times just to absorb the information they were giving us so quickly. The humor is also out of left field this time and doesn't work as well.
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.