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Movie of the week: Thor - The Dark World

I've been looking forward to this for some time and it didn't disappoint. It's the second Thor movie, the third in which Thor has appeared and if I've counted correctly, the eighth in the Marvel Universe movies which converged with Avengers Assemble and are now diverging again to see various chareacters dealing with the aftermath.

Two years have passed since Thor's first outing to earth and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is somewhat pissed off that she missed out on his return during the fracas in New York (Avengers Assemble), but she's soon up to her ears in trouble when she discovers a gravitational anomaly, gets transported to another world and is infected by the Aether - super-weapon of the Dark Elf Malekith (an unrecognisable Christopher Eccleston) who intends to destroy the nine worlds so that the universe can return to its state of darkness. Thor, who has been busy pacifying the nine worlds since the rainbow bridge was destroyed and rebuilt is alerted to Janes disappearance and goes to the rescue, but no one knows how to part Jane and the Aether. The nine worlds will soon come together in a rare convergence and the boundaries between the worlds are becoming unstable. Malaketh makes his move and Jane is swept up into the fight as Thor goes head-to-head with the dark elves, recruiting Loki who has has been imprisoned since trying to take over earth

Chris Hemsworth makes Thor his own, (it's a role that suits him down to the ground), but Tom Hiddleston is superb as the untrustworthy and bitter Loki, driven by both sides of his nature.

Well worth seeing. Niote that there are two easter eggs in the credits, so you have to watch right to the very end.

Comments

Have you read Kevin Crossley-Hollands's 'Penguin book of Norse Myths'? These legends seem to fall into two types - the general beating up giants and other madness, and the loosely connected tales of Loki. I was captivated by these strange bitter stories. I love Crossley-Hollands other work, he's such a great writer.
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