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.
Thor: The Dark World delivers the goods - action, otherworldly grandiosity, romance, humor - above and beyond its predecessor.
This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.
Most of what worked in Thor works again: Hiddleston is campy and treacherous, Hemsworth is puppy-dog keen and there s a nice line in knowing jokery.
As Thor matures, his ego shrinks -- along with his identity.
Sometimes the balance is off and the movie tilts into camp (Kat Dennings as Portman s high-strung assistant is an irritant), but when all is said and disintegrated, it delivers. At these prices, it better.
Perhaps at this point, even diehards may wish for something more from a Marvel equation that often subtracts humanity.
An inelegant misfire, this is a chink in Marvel s otherwise solid armor.
If "The Lord of the Rings" was ancient legends sifted through the sensibility of an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon studies, then "Thor: The Dark World" is grand Norse myth run through the minds of 9-year-olds.
This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie.
Too much hammer time, not enough fun, except when Loki s onscreen.