'Thor: The Dark World' has lost the spark of the original
'Thor: The Dark World' stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.
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Like so many comic book epics these days, Alan Taylorâ€™s 3-D â€śThor: The Dark Worldâ€ť is both monumental and generic. Since Iâ€™m not a fanboy of the franchise, Iâ€™m at a disadvantage here. It matters little to me whether Thor (Chris Hemsworth) rescues Earth and all nine â€“ count 'em â€“ realms. Frankly, I was kind of rooting for his scurvy brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to carry the day.
As their brooding patriarch Odin, Anthony Hopkins is still trying, as he did in â€śThor,â€ť to lend Shakespearean gravity to kiddie kitsch. At least that first film in the series, directed by Kenneth Branagh, had some gusto and, in the New York scenes, a comic edge. The earthbound scenes here, in which Thor once again literally sweeps Natalie Portmanâ€™s Jane Foster off her feet, are less original.
My favorite moment in the movie: Astrophysicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) insisting on wearing only his underwear because he says he thinks better that way. Hey, whatever works. Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content.)