Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On Demand: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Over the weekend, Time Warner Cable subscribers were treated to a free weekend of Starz. On Sunday, I took advantage, and took a look at "Thor: The Dark World", Marvel's last film of 2013.

I'll sum it up simply. An ancient evil resurfaces after seemingly forever, and the potential consequences prompt Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to release half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from prison, meaning the warring half-sibs will team up for a rare occasion. We see Loki employ some shape-shifting, allowing for a quick cameo from Chris Evans as Captain America (but with Hiddleston talking) early on. We also get to see Sif (Jamie Alexander), who's just as hot for Thor as mortal Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is, so that triangle begins to play out, and the Warriors Three. Ray Stevenson ("Punisher War Zone") is unrecognizable as Falstaff, as is Zachary Levi (ex-Chuck) as Fandral. Turns out Levi was the original choice for the part, but was unavailable last time.

If you're one of those people who sticks around for the credits, especially when it comes to Marvel movies, then you got your first look at the Collector (Benicio Del Toro), who played a more prominent part, albeit for a slightly longer stint than in this film, in "Guardians of the Galaxy". Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Here's the trailer:

We all know Thor will return next year in "Avengers: Age of Ultron", but another sequel in this series is likely, too, as Loki's up to no good....

Rating: B-.

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