“Thor: The Dark World” earns a generous 2 stars

Voice in the Darkness, a movie review by Mike LagerquistMovie Review, Mike Lagerquist

Mankato Times

Despite the flowing golden locks, Thor has never really struck me as a viable super hero.  “Thor: The Dark World” does nothing to change my opinion.

After watching this second installment, and struggling to remain interested in a story that was a mixture of vague references and some fairly interesting CGI creations, I went to Netflix and rewatched the first movie from a few years back.  The original suffered from much of the same uninteresting story points, in my opinion, but at least it was a first-time boring story line.

Here’s some the unoriginal premise for “Thor: The Dark World”: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been battling all comers since the first movie, but this time must take on the unearthed—so to speak—Malekith.  As in the first movie, this villain was supposed to be down for the count but reappears to invoke some sort of revenge against Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the lords of Asgaard.  He’s got an “aether” weapon that hearkens back to the “red matter” from the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, and he’s not afraid to use it.

We just aren’t told why.  Maybe if you’ve grown up with the Marvel catalog you know what’s going on and why.  Those of us who didn’t, however, aren’t given much to work with.

“The Dark World” had cute one-liners and some clever interplay between characters, especially Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her perpetual intern (Kat Dennings), not to mention Jane’s mentor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), but very little else.  Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) looked like Thomas Jefferson torn off the side of Mount Rushmore and was just as menacing.  As in not at all.  Tom Hiddleston’s Loki lacked for anything significant to do, and attempts to get all of the other supporting characters from the first movie into this one further watered down the sloppy wet plot.

Yeah, I guess you could say I didn’t like this one.  Just 2 out of 5 stars, and that’s being generous in my (comic) book.

(Mike Lagerquist is the Director of Public Relations for the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance who appears each Thursday on KTOE and KXAC radio, as well as being the namesake of “Movies with Mike” Friday mornings on KATO 93.1 FM.)

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