Thor: The Dark World

Published March 8, 2014

Thor: The Dark World

Film info

  • Title Thor: The Dark World
  • Director Alan Taylor
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Fantasy
  • Tagline Delve into the darkness

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. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and person journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves... but our universe itself.

Live Blog

1:06The ether. That’s where emails go, isn’t it?
4:22I like Hiddleston a lot more than I did when I watched the first one.
7:32James Hunt may or may not have ruined Thor for me now.
11:59They are the definition of eating, drinking and being merry.
15:18Bash the equipment on the table, that will help.
17:43I love the crazy friend. Was the crazy friend this much fun in the first one?
27:10It’s fun when they reference the Avengers.
36:13“HE’S NOT MY FATHER.” Opposite of Star Wars then.
40:30Where does he keep his hammer that it doesn’t have to break down walls to get to him?
46:40These dark elf guns make the same winding up noise that Iron Man does.
55:06“The risk is far greater if we do nothing.”
58:10Idris said he wouldn’t go against his king’s wishes. Thor said he wouldn’t ask him to, but then said he was actually suggesting treason. Can’t have it both ways!
1:03:31I like splitting the escape story up with the planning meeting.
1:08:47Christopher Eccleston has gone all Two-Face.
1:19:04Not totally following all the toing and froing here, but never mind. Still fun.
1:22:59Jealous Thor.
1:23:30“Why are there so many shoes in here?”
1:32:10Lost hammer is genius.
1:41:47Oooh, twistiness.


When we were doing our “Quick, the Avengers will be out soon, let’s catch up all the Marvel films” Thor was the one we thought we’d like the least, and it was a pleasant surprise. So, we were somewhat looking forward to the sequel, particularly as the trailer sold it very well.

The reality was disappointing. As with all the Marvel films, the dialogue was fun, there were a few laughs throughout, and the best part was seeing the characters interact with each other and try to deal with a world in which they don’t really fit. Darcy was fab, and I loved bonus Chris O’Dowd (underused).

Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be enough story to go with it. Christopher Eccleston made a good bad guy, but it didn’t really feel like the world was in jeopardy, even in the big showdown. It was entertaining enough, and not a waste of time, but it didn’t deliver as we’d hoped.

Revisited Mar 21

Oh wow, this is even more dull than I remember. The only redeeming feature are characters that are vastly underused - Kat Dennings and Chris O’Dowd both brighten every scene they are in. Watching it back, this movie seems slightly more important with regards to the Infinity Stones and kicking us off on that path, but otherwise I really could have done without it.

Rating: 2 / 5

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