THOR 2: THE DARK WORLD

USA, Marvel Studios, 2013

director.gif (905 bytes)Kenneth Branagh

CAST

Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Anthony Hopkins - Odin
Natalie Portman - Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston - Loki
Idris Elba - Heimdall
Jaimie Alexander - Sif
Zachary Levi - Fandrall
Rene Russo - Friga
Kat Dennings - Darcy
Stellan Skarsgård - Selvig
Ray Stevenson - Volstagg

 

US theatrical release - November 8, 2013
 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World," continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," 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.

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"This cast, which also includes the overexposed but underused Stellan Skarsgård as dotty Dr Erik Selvig, deliver the goods but director Alan Taylor lacks faith in them, all too often crowding out the film with sub-standard CGI that offers us no skin in the game. Entertaining to a point but not the sort of movie of which myths are made."  ...Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

"Chris O'Dowd is great comic value as Jane's new would-be suitor. His quirky manner and delivery is just right and his presence comes as a welcome relief when the plot becomes overburdened and murky. Kat Dennings is also fun as Jane's intern but a tad overdone and hats off to Stellan Skarsgård in a very funny turn as the astrophysicist Dr Erik Selvig, who think best in his underpants."     ...Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

"Everyone is very good, in a slightly stagey way; they speak formally to imply some other cultural mode, with the exception of Odin, Loki , and Jane. Oh and don't let's forget the bubbly and funny Darcy who brightens every scene she is in. Of which there are not enough. Also memorable is a novelty turn from Stellan Skarsgård as a mad (and sometimes naked) scientist."   ...Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

"Jane’s tart-mouthed 2IC Darcy (Kat Dennings, all pouty and smart-ass) and mentor Dr Selvig (the film’s biggest asset, Stellan Skarsgård) play their part to save our world and Thor’s universe."   ..Simon Foster, Screen-Space

"Natalie Portman is given a lot more to do this time round and is really good as the woman-scorned love interest and while Kat Dennings is incredibly annoying throughout the movie, she does have a few funny turns here and there. Hopkins lives up to his scenery chewing ways as Odin to the point where it's amazing there is any set left and Stellan Skarsgård is wonderful as the now slightly mad Erik Selvig."   ...Luke Owen, Flickering Image

"The script (on which Joss Whedon did a pass) is very, very funny, with Kat Dennings's feisty Darcy given an expanded role and Stellan Skarsgård returning for some mental breakdown-based comedy."   ...Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy

"Some roles are expanded properly—Rene Russo actually gets something to do this time, while Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård (whose character has arguably evolved more across these movies than anyone else's) remain winning comic relief/exposition dumpers. But most others drop in and out of the film awkwardly."   ...Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

"Taylor seems to really understand the importance of the supporting cast in this film. Dennings is fortunately given more involvement and her delivery is spot on at all times. Similarly, Stellan Skarsgård is on top comedic form as he returns to play Erik, with the after effects of what took place during Avengers Assemble still plaguing him."  ...Amanda Keats, Filmoria

"Where "Iron Man" tends to get its humour just from Robert Downey Jr, here everyone gets a look in and the chance to let a bit of light into the drama; from Stellan Skarsgård’s Erik Selvig and his determination to remain trouserless, to Loki trading whip-crack witticisms with the more stoic and square-jawed Thor."   ...Paul Mount, Starburst Magazine

"Humour is what made Norse gods palatable alongside machine men and gamma-radiated monsters, and if anything, 'Thor: The Dark World' takes it up a notch. Much of this swirls around assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings), but it’s wonderful to see Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) in a pantsless bit of insanity as well."    ...Richard Gray, Behind the Panels