Following on from events that took place in 2012's Avengers Assemble and before that, Thor, this movie sees everyone's favourite God of Thunder Thor face an enemy that could finally destroy Asgard, cover the universe in darkness and destroy everything he holds dear. The Dark Elves, a race that pre-dates the known universe, lead by the vengeful Malakith, have returned to return the universe to darkness. They will do this by recovering the 'Aether', an Infinity Stone of unparalleled power, that is hidden deep within the depths of Asgard. It's up to Thor, with the aid of an untrustworthy Loki, who through it all is reunited with Jane Foster, to restore balance to the Nine Realms once again.
Who's in it?
Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, with the excellent Tom Hiddleston resuming his role as his brother Loki. The movie also sees a welcome return to the Marvel Universe for Natalie Portman as sexy physics genius Jane Foster. Anthony Hopkins is the All Father Odin, while his wife Frigga is played by Rene Russo. On Earth, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard return as Darcy Lewis and Dr. Erik Selvig, respectively. Also, there's a great cameo role by Irishman Chris O'Dowd. The 'big bad' Malakith is played by Christopher Eccleston while the movie was directed by Alan Taylor.
Who's it for?
Pretty much anyone who enjoys superhero or sci-fi movies, which is a large majority of cinema-goers. If you're a fan of the Marvel Universe it goes without saying this is essential viewing, and especially in IMAX 3D if you can make it out to Cineworld on Parnell St. Also, for the many that felt let down by this Summer's Man Of Steel, Thor: The Dark World should go some way to pick up any pieces.
College Times Verdict:
Thor: The Dark World is an excellent movie and certainly one of the best that Marvel Studios has put out since their inception. The movie is full of wonderful performances whether it be Anthony Hopkins' conflicted Odin, Stellan Skarsgard's brilliantly maniacal and on the edge of sanity Dr. Erik Selvig or Idris Elba's honour-bound Heimdall. But the performance of the show was not that of Hemsworth's Thor or Portman's Foster, it was most definitely Hiddleston's fantastic showing as Loki, who stole every scene in which we were glad to see him. Not to take anything away from his brutish older brother Thor, but Loki was a joy to behold. Providing the majority of the comic relief in the movie, his cunning and trickery and teasing of Thor was great to watch. The only let down was the main plot itself, which seemed to serve only as a platform for bigger things to come in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and a third Thor outing. Overall, as good if not arguably better than the original Thor. Go see it.
TIP: Make sure you stay until the VERY end of the credits, even after the first post-movie scene.