It was one of those movies which I enjoyed immensely as I walked out of the theater, but hasn’t withstood the test of time very well. Tom Hiddleton steals the show as the charming and cunning Loki, whose character is infinitely more interesting than Chris Hemsworth’s titular character.
The filmmakers have once again tried in vain to emancipate Thor from the land of one-dimensional protagonists. The character was utilized to full potential in “The Avengers,” when Thor was able to feed off of other more charming characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, and even Hulk. It shows that, perhaps to the detriment of the character’s solo franchise, Thor is most appealing when part of an ensemble cast.
“The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, already an established figure from directing episodes of “Game of Thrones” and “The Sopranos.” Compared to his predecessor, Taylor’s darker, grittier style transfers well onto the big screen, and provides the franchise with a much needed change of pace.
Thor will next appear in the 2015 Avengers sequel, likely to be followed by “Thor 3” in 2016. It’s probably for the better for the franchise to take a break, as audiences will no doubt suffer from ‘Thor fatigue’ if anymore comes out anytime soon.