Now Geek This- Thor: The Dark World

cooltext1205573672This weekend was the premier of the Marvel movie Thor: The Dark World.  The movie was directed by Alan Taylor.  Chris Hemsworth returns to the lead role of Thor, with Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki, and Natalie Portman back as Jane Foster.

The plot of the movie centers around a race of creatures know as Dark Elves led by Malekith who want to use a weapon called the Aether to destroy this universe and replace it with their own.  The warriors of Asgard attempt to stop the Dark Elves in the only manner they know, glorious battle.

The Dark Elves, losing to the might of the Asgardian warriors, attempt to hide the Aether away to keep it out of the hands of Odin.  On Earth, Jane Foster discovers the Aether while attempting to find Thor after a two year abscence, and is immediately infected by the Aether as if it were a virus.  This brings Thor back into her life as well as the Dark Elves who want the Aether back in their control.

Before I continue this review, I must inform you that I saw Thor in 2D.  I know what you are thinking, crazy right?  To be honest, I am really over the whole 3D thing, and I don’t mind seeing most movies in 2D.  Having said that, I will be using that fact in my review.

The plot of the movie was very entertaining and moved at a very rapid pace.  The movie did not drag at all in any area and was always entertaining.  The best part of any Marvel movie is the humor, and The Dark World was full of great humor that never seemed to try too hard.  The visuals in the movie were stunning, whether it be glorious Asgard, or the desolate world of the Dark Elves themselves.  The battles in the movie had an epic quality that I did not expect from a “superhero” movie.  It was good to see Thor treated as the warrior he is, instead of just another superhero.

The best part of the movie, as you might guess, was of course seeing Tom Hiddleston return as Loki.  Tom plays Loki in such a perfectly charming way, that it is easy to forget that Loki is a villain until he stabs you in the back.  I believe that Tom Hiddleston was born to play Loki just as Robert Downy Jr. was born to play Tony Stark.  Tom has fully embraced the Loki role so fully, that I can’t imagine anyone playing Loki better.  Hiddleston’s Loki not only brings the aforementioned charm, but also a great touch of humor and the perfect amount of gravitas to the role. A Loki movie might sound like a strange idea on paper, he is a villain after all, but I would gladly watch a full two hours of Tom Hiddleston as Loki and love every minute of it.

As I mentioned at the begining of this review, I did see Thor: The Dark World in 2D instead of 3D, and I don’t feel like I missed a single thing.  The movie was still epic and beautiful in 2D, and I never once found myself thinking that anything I saw would have been better in 3D.  Even in 2D, I was  captivated by the movie and fully felt like a part of the world, or worlds I should say.  I do not feel in any way that I lost anything by not seeing the movie in 3D, and I would go see it in 2D again without question.

With an excellent and fun plot, a great cast playing great characters, epic and stunning visuals, and a sense of fun and adventure, Thor:  The Dark World is a must see in my opinion.  It is definitely better than the less than stellar first movie, and it fits comfortably into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.  There is even a brief but amusing cameo by one of the other Avengers, sort of.  Speaking of cameos, look for Stan Lee in what may perhaps be his best cameo appearance to date.

That’s it for this editon of Now Geek This. Tune in next time for our next spine tingling adventure.