Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Kevin Feige
Screenplay: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus. Stephen McFeely
Story: Don Payne, Robert Rodat (Kudos to them!)
Based on Thor by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby
Chris Hemsworth as Thor (He is just as good as he was in previous Thor roles)
Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster (ummm.. Okay. She is good)
Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Fascinating. The actor takes the role to such great heights!)
Anthony Hopkins as Odin (The great stalwart plays his role to perfection, as always)
Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig (the knowledgeable one in the previous Thor, runs around naked in this one)
Idris Elba as Heimdall (He can see everything, like Sanjaya of Mahabharata. However, he is also gatekeeper of Asgard and wears an extravagant costume)
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith (the main villain! He fights grandfather Bor and Thor!)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim (he is made ultra-powerful thanks to Malekith)
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis (provides some comic relief, is Jane’s intern)
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg (small role, seen drinking and then killing! That’s about it.)
Zachary Levi as Fandral (One of Thor’s close companions who defy Odin!)
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun (the Asian-like close companion of Thor!)
Jaimie Alexander as Sif (the woman-warrior who has a crush on Thor and is one of the core Asgard-group too!)
Rene Russo as Frigga (mother of Loki and Thor, wife of Odin, plays a strong character who is instrumental to the story)
Music Director: Brian Tyler (helps make the movie better, great background score)
Cinematographer: Kramer Morgenthau
Editing by Dan Lebental, Wyatt Smith
Studio Marvel Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures
The sequel of Thor is indeed a Dark World. Superhero movies are made in 3D for no apparent reason and movie theaters in Pune are known for providing dark 3D glasses. It really made the movie a little darkish. Truth be told, if you watch the movie in normal 2D, it will not make much of a difference, for there are no amazing 3D graphics here. Even the fight scenes looked quite normal. Maybe I watched it in the wrong theater but, 3D or no 3D, the movie is what matters and it is truly spectacular.
I went in to watch the movie believing there won’t be anything new in store. I had watched ‘Thor’ and it was okay, and later the same Hero/God and Villain/Evil Brother had been cast in ‘The Avengers’. However, the sequel of Thor surprises you and every character matures in a very entertaining way.
The storyline is quite simple. Aeons ago, Bor (father of Odin and grandfather of Thor) fights Dark Elf Malekith and stores the Aether (yes, it is not ether as many like me would have thought) with a safe place inside a stone column. Loki is imprisoned and Thor is seen bringing peace in all 9 Realms (by fighting) and sulking over Jane, who is a scientist in London. Things change when Miss-too-curious Jane follows an unusual signal and somehow teleports into another world to find the aether, which shoots itself right into her body. As the all-seeing Heimdall (black man with yellow eyes) informs Thor about her disappearance for a brief moment, a worried ‘God’ journeys to earth and realises there is something wrong with Jane (because she kills or destroys a cop with her red energy). He takes her with him to Asgard, where Jane has a kind of Saas-bahu moment with Thor’s mother, some PDA with Thor and awkward moments with Odin. We realise she possesses the aether, which Malekith (how is he still alive when Odin’s dad is dead for a long-long time? Do Dark Forces outlive Gods?) seeks to once again take over all 9 realms and turn it back to the power of darkness.
Malekith invades Asgard and we are told some hocus-pocus about the convergence of all realms (this only helped to transport Jane to the secret place). Malekith and his creation (a beastly and deadly Algrim) break through Asgard’s defences (with killer technology) and come to claim the Aether. Get this; the Asgardians fight futuristic-looking laser guns with shields and swords. Searching for Jane, they come across Frigga, who tries to stop them. They kill her and are forced to retreat (as Odin and Thor make their way towards them). Odin plans to keep Jane in Asgard where the Aether will be safe. Thor wants to take her elsewhere, lure Malekith and release the Aether from her. He mentions this is the moment when it’ll be exposed and can be destroyed. Loki is close to Frigga and she’s the only member of the family he feels affectionate about. He is grief-stricken and vengeful on being informed of her death. So Thor and his close warrior group (that now includes Loki) defy Odin and set out to fight Malekith. What happens hence is the crux of the story.
The good storyline keeps you interested in the movie till the end. The animation is something we can expect from Superhero-American-HighBudget-BigProduction movies and so, not really spectacular. Background music adds to the excitement though. The movie has its funny moments and they work, never diverting you from the main story. Each character has depth and some have extravagant costumes and makeup, but they still play an important part (the question “Why is he/she here?” never crosses your mind). The fight scenes are good but the movie gets all its greatness thanks to the characters. Loki plays his best role by far, and he is the show-stealer (though many might disagree). Do not rush to the exit. Wait and watch till the end.
All said and done, the movie is a must-watch. 2D or 3D, you decide!
BTW, my colleague has forced me to write that Hemsworth is GOD!! But psssst! I think Loki is better than Thor.