Tom Hiddleston once again, gives an incandescent performance as Loki the God of Mischief. Biting humor and intelligent wit is complemented with moments of true brotherly love and loyalty. Hiddleston, while remaining true to Loki’s evil nature, showcased a more vulnerable side when faced with grief. Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, was more reserved and mature as opposed to being all muscle and brawn. His pensive moments equally matched his charming retorts. And his internal struggle of trusting his brother is well thought out and not overplayed. Bickering banter, teasing taunts and aggressive arguments help bring Thor and Loki’s sibling rivalry to another emotional level.
Kat Dennings proved once again, that her supporting role is just as good as anyone in a lead role. She continues to be hilarious yet believable, witty but not annoying and gives such sincere comic relief. Stellan Skarsgard gave a unique performance that coincides with his avengers timeline. The writers and production team for Marvel have done an exceptional job insuring that all the films are intertwined through the character development and storylines. They are embracing the Avengers timeline and setting the films up for the next sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron seamlessly.
However, this film is missing is a strong villain. The Dark Elves come off as temperamental children who want their toy back and are going to pout until they do so. Their storyline is so vague that they really can’t compare to Loki from the previous films. Their lack of hostility and drive leaves them shrouded and disposable.
Thor: The Dark World is thunderous hit and a sure smash around the world. I just wish there was a stronger bad guy that the audience could rally against. Oh and don’t forget to stay for the TWO scenes after the credits!