Having just returned from viewing the latest Marvel movie for a second time in two days, I decided now was the time to write my review. Having eagerly anticipated this movie, I went into to it opening night with an open mind on what to expect, and was rewarded for that with what was two hours of sheer awesomeness. Now then, let's dive into the review.
Starting off, is casting. You have Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor, Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki, Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins returning as Odin, and many of the other familiar faces from 'Thor' coming back to the big screen. Now then, for NEW faces, you have Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim/Kurse, and in a surprising mid-credits scene, Benicio Del Torro as Taneleer Tivan, the Collector. Overall, it was great to have so many familiar faces back in Asgard and Earth again, everyone did an excellent job. I especially enjoyed Eccleston's performance as Malekith, he really delivered this villainous punch to the character, a dark intensity that made me actually quake in my seat slightly. Agbaje was awesome as Kurse, granted Kurse is just a heavy hitter, the muscle to match Thor's might in a fight, but that doesn't mean the character makeup wasn't awesome. And by awesome I mean ugly as heck, but therefore awesome.
The sets were lovely as usual, Asgard in all it's shining glory, Earth being, well Earth. And the desolation of Svartalfheim, wow, visual amazing in terms of its stark, bleak and barren ruin. Picture a land ravaged by war, then mix in the sheer chaos of that land being choked of anything good left in it, and left to rot and decay and fall away to nothing, and you have Svartalfheim.
Finally, I want to comment on the mid-credit scene, that gave a hinting for those who do not follow the movie forums out in the vastness of the Internet. It was such a surprising, and yet funny little scene, hinting at things to come for the Marvel Movie world. If Earth thought the Chitauri were a threat, wait until they see what else is out there. Del Torro will be appearing as the Collector in the upcoming Marvel Studio's film, 'Guardian's of the Galaxy', a film about a group of various beings from across the universe having adventure's. The movie open's of the Marvel Cinematic-verse to the various cosmic beings that have filled many of Marvel's mighty pages over the years, and give's fan's both old and new a taste of something literally out of this world.
Overall, I give 'Thor: The Dark World' four out of four stars, for amazing acting, great casting, stunning sets and visuals and for once again, giving myself and many other Marvel fans, another adventure to help excite us in our day to day lives.