‘Thor’ smashes the box office

Marvel continues a great streak with impressive sequel ‘The Dark World’

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“Thor: The Dark World” is impressive. It seems that Marvel Studios is continuing its streak of successful movies since “Iron Man” came out in 2008.
If you’ve been living in a cave the past few years and don’t know what I’m talking about, then let me enlighten you. Marvel Comics has always had a knack for making movies based on their characters, but in the past five years, the company has worked to really bring their superheroes into the limelight.
I thought they couldn’t follow up the wildly popular “Avengers” in 2012, but things have only gotten better. If you’ve seen the first in this series, “Thor,” then you know that while it is a solid movie, it’s a bit dull compared with the other Marvel titles (mainly the “Iron Man” series). It had a weak plot, and not many people I know saw it in theatres. This second movie really redeems this part of Marvel’s movie empire with a strong plot and some classic Asgardian humor.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is buff and awesome as always, and the scenes with Darcy, Erik, Jane and the new temp Ian (played by Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Natalie Portman, and Jonathan Howard, respectively) are amusing and good. What made the movie for me, however, was Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. He adds so much depth to this villain that by the middle of the film, you almost start rooting for the “bad” guy. He throws that much doubt on your perception about him as a villain.
Now, if you want to take a girl out to the movies, “The Dark World” might be a fitting choice… unless she is possessed by a demon and hates seeing Hemsworth shirtless and Hiddleston smiling (both are equally awe-inspiring). In the meantime, the film has enough superhero content to make a fan boy drool, action lover cheer and girl swoon.
I give this sequel two thumbs (plus a big toe) up.