Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ highlights impressive Marvel universeWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Disney has struck gold with Marvel.
Besides the financial war chest afforded by these franchises, there is an amazing amount of creativity and collaboration offered —and not to mention stunning visuals.The Mouse is bringing us the latest in the superhero Marvel universe with “Thor: The Dark World.” This is a follow-up to everything we’ve seen before with last year’s “The Avengers” and of course 2011′s “Thor.”
What is most impressive about this movie is not even the movie itself. It’s the universe in which “Thor” operates. Everything is connected.
“Ever since New York…” seems to be the sentence du jour in this movie and even “Iron Man 3″ earlier this year. The latter was probably the more enjoyable of the two, but both are equally impressive, mixing humor and action with ease.
The sequel picks up where its predecessor and “The Avengers” left off; the New York phrase above refers to the epic finale and battle that takes place at the end of “The Avengers.”
But this movie spends a majority of its time away from Earth in space, especially on the godly Asgard, Thor’s home. It is a much darker and detailed place than presented to audiences in the first film.
This time around, an ancient race of Dark Elves — think Romulans from the “Star Trek” universe — threaten to end the universe. Thor (a chiseled Chris Hemsworth) reunites with human scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to save the day.
During the movie, it’s easy to be impressed by the mythology and vastness of the universe presented on screen. Comic nerds should really enjoy this sequel, along with the two — count them, TWO — post-credits scenes.
Seeing previous Marvel films will help with understanding but aren’t required for viewing “The Dark World.”
On his Nov. 8 movies segment, Molnar reviews “Thor: The Dark World.” He also chats Oscar-buzzing “12 Years A Slave.”
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content.
Toledo Free Press Design Editor and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.