Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
|Release Date||:||October 29, 2013|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Marvel Studios|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Don Payne, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Christopher Yost, Jane Wu, Robert Rodat|
|Casts||:||Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Chris O'Dowd, Alice Krige, Elsa Pataky, Benicio del Toro, Ophelia Lovibond, Jonathan Howard, Tony Curran, Clive Russell, Richard Brake, Chris Evans, Stan Lee, Ramone Morgan, Obada Alassadi, Imaan Chentouf, Claire Brown, Henry Calcutt, Ava Caton, Abbie McCann, Thomas Arnold, Sam Swainsbury, Connor Donaghey, Royce Pierreson, Annabel Norbury, Sophie Cosson, Justin Edwards, Gruffudd Glyn, Steve Scott, Brett Tucker, Talulah Riley, Richard Wharton|
|Plot Keywords||:||superhero, based on comic, hostile takeover, norse mythology, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger, marvel cinematic universe, 3d, asgard|
The first Thor was probably one of Marvel's more trickier movies since it centered heavily around Norse mythology. To make it work in the "real" world was a massive task. Integrating a billionaire playboy who doubles as a tech-powered superhero, or a scientist who turns into a green rage monster was easier to accomplish than the fantastic world of Asgard, Gods & Monsters.
Credit must go to Kenneth Brannagh who found the right balance between the fantastic and "real" (that's a stretch anyways) world. Furthermore, Brannagh focused on the characters instead of bombastic vfx (he still provided tons of beautiful shot visuals though).
His replacement Alan Taylor however goes in the opposite direction and favors stylish visuals over character development. Worse still, the pacing and tone are all over the place.
The Dark World tries to hard to provide the same brand of humor Joss Whedon is known for but fails to deliver the laughs, or they are rather misplaced.
Bottom line: It's a too unfocused movie that suffers from a weak script and a director who tries too many things at the same time.