Thor: The Dark World

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Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriter: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Everyone knew the new Thor movie would have hard-hitting, star-studded action between Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but here at Multimedia Junkies we were really hoping for more character development.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much. Sure, there were some semi-sweet brother moments between Thor and Loki, and a stolen kiss or two between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), but nothing that could be called significant development.  Comic relief was provided by Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), recurring support characters from the previous Thor and Avengers movies.  All of these elements add up to create the “perfect” Hollywood blockbuster of the year – sure to be the best selling movie of the year…  But what we think it really adds up to is a stunning facade with little underneath. The audience sits mindlessly in their seats, bombarded with visual effects, action, and Hemsworth’s abs to distract from the lack of intriguing storyline, character development, and depth.  By the end of the movie we were craving for something to provoke us into thinking.  The trailer promised thrilling sacrificial  decisions for Thor; save the woman he loves or save the universe?  It didn’t deliver.  We weren’t convinced that Jane’s life was ever in danger and, quite frankly, we were happy that she was a little more involved than just standing by as the nerdy but super hot science chick that Thor has to save.  However, the movie definitely wasn’t bad.  Learning more about Thor’s universe and it’s back-story was interesting and the visual effects were nothing less than breath-taking.  For Marvel fans, Thor: The Dark World is a must see, just don’t expect to walk out of the theater with any deep thoughts.  Stick around in the theater after all the credits roll for an extra laugh for two.