By M. Scott Morris
My family and I are fans of the Marvel movies that include “The Avengers,” “Iron Man” and “Captain America.”
We also catch Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on TV on Tuesday nights, so we were primed for the release of “Thor: The Dark World.”
We were entertained by the film as a whole, and we also enjoyed the little extras that connected this movie to past movies.
I write all that to say I don’t know what “Thor: The Dark World” would do for someone new to the Marvel universe. I’m a biased observer in this case.
Chris Hemsworth returns as the title character, a near-immortal who developed an affinity for Earth, and one particular earthling, during his first movie, 2011’s “Thor.”
As Odin (Anthony Hopkins) tells us, before the universe began there was blackness and the dark elves are determined to bring the blackness back, which would have dire consequences to most of the universe’s inhabitants.
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is a brilliant scientist and her equipment indicates something unprecedented is about to happen. Her research partner, Eric (Stellan Skarsgard), knows change is coming, too, and it causes him to run naked around Stonehenge.
Thor arrives and whisks Jane away to his world, Asgard, where she has awkward meetings with the family. She’s also there when the dark elves attack with tragic consequences.
One of the hallmarks of the Marvel movies is the filmmakers’ ability to inject humor into tense situations. Toward that end, “The Dark World” gives us Jane’s semi-caustic assistant, Darcy (Kat Dennings), as well as a fantastic cameo that I won’t ruin here.
“The Dark World” also lets audiences spend more time with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother and the bad guy from “The Avengers.” Viewers never know what they’re going to get from Loki, so all of his scenes ripple with possibilities.
There are some slow moments here and there, and I think too much time is spent early on with characters that aren’t central to this story, though the filmmakers could’ve been planting seeds for stories to come.
I give “Thor: The Dark World” an A minus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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