"Thor: The Dark World" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/03/19
A war-like race who predate the Asgardians are reawakened when Jane Foster inadvertently becomes host to an ancient and powerful source of evil.
Yes, it’s yet another “baddie intent on unleashing ultimate evil and reshaping the universe in his own image” plot line, but thankfully the sequel to Thor has enough tongue in cheek humour and sense of fun to rescue it from becoming the tediously pompous and po-faced pantomime that was the original film. The combination of mythology and action sci-fi does sometimes resemble a glorified episode of Stargate SG-1, but the spectacular battle scenes set on Asgard make it a far less boring place to be and the comic relief provided by Chris Hemsworth’s human sidekicks works pretty well. There’s little here of any originality – the one inventive twist in the tale is lifted pretty much verbatim from cult videogame Portal – and Loki is rather wasted, but it’s all executed with the requisite humour and panache.
Nothing spectacular, but a solid entry into the MCU and much more entertaining than the first instalment.