Thor Dark World: I’m Guessing No One Was Happy On This Set

Thor Dark World is a superhero action film in The Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by Alan Taylor. The plot finds the evil Dark Elves resurfaced with plans to plunge the entire universe into darkness, there is only one person who can stop them, Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth).

This film is widely regarded as one of the worst, if not the worst film in all of the MCU and there is good reason for it. Unlike most of the MCU that is insanely rewatchable I have only seen this film twice.

The first Thor film was the underrated gem of the first phase of the MCU, and was far better than it had any right to be. Part of the reason for this for me at least was the relationship between Thor and the humans of Earth, but more importantly Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). I enjoyed the dynamic between the two characters, and I thought they had one of the best love stories of the MCU. How they managed to screw it up so much in this film is baffling. Thor and Jane no longer have any chemistry and Portman seems like she doesn’t want to be there, a pattern with her.

However, where the Thor and Jane relationship lacks this film does improve and build upon the relationship between Thor and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), in a way which made them and the film better. This would lead well into Thor Ragnarök.

Another issue with this film is that they entirely waste Christopher Eccleston as the villain Malekith. Eccleston is one of the best British actors without question, so when they gave him such a bland and underserved character it was almost like an insult. I won’t go after the MCU for weak villains as it is an easy and well-worn target.

Also the supporting cast from the first film return and are either wasted or tarnished and embarrassed it is a mixture of the two.

Pros.

The Thor/ Loki plotline

Cons.

Ruins the romance

Wastes Eccleston

Spits on the minor supporting characters

It is dull

1.5/5

Reviewed by Luke   

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