THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)
I felt like a kid again watching THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Not the best MARVEL movie (That title goes to THE AVENGERS), but certainly in the top 5. It was a such a pleasure watching the movie and I can only describe it this way: Take equal parts STAR WARS, STAR TREK and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, mash them all together and sprinkle on some SUPERHERO and you get this movie.
Taking place after the events of THE AVENGERS, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is dealing with restoring order to the nine realms. Meanwhile on Earth, Jane (Natalie Portman) still pines away for him and hopes to be reunited. An odd power signature leads her to a factory where the laws of physics have gone screwy and it appears that some anomalous portals have opened within the building.
Getting sucked into one of the portals, Jane accidently release an ancient weapon as well as awakens Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). He is an enemy of Asgard and will not stop until he has plunged all the realms into eternal darkness.
The only person capable of helping Thor defeat Malekith is his imprisoned brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). If Jane, as well as the universe itself is to be saved, these estranged siblings must learn to trust one another and work together.
The movie is EPIC and has one of the most inventive (and convoluted) 3rd acts that I’ve seen in quite some time. Everything worked for me in the film. I honestly cared about the characters as well as the stakes. There were plenty of unexpected surprises and Hiddleston almost steals the movie which his multi layered performance.
If you want to enjoy yourself for a few hours, I can’t recommend THOR: THE DARK WORLD enough. It may not be a perfect film, but it’s pretty damn close.