“Thor: The Dark World” has mixed performances

By: Katelyn Summers

“Thor: The Dark World,” directed by Alan Taylor, has brought new life to the all-powerful god of thunder.

Many fans were not impressed with the first “Thor” film, saying it lacked in story and character development.

The sequel, however, delivers in both of these areas. It is an emotional rollercoaster that will have viewers laughing one minute and choking back tears the next.

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, the son of Odin who is still recovering from the events of “The Avengers.”

An old evil, the Dark Elves, have returned to bring about darkness throughout the galaxy and are led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), king of the Dark Elves.

Back on earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her intern Darcy (Kat Dennings) attempt to track down the meaning behind supernatural happenings around London.

“Thor: The Dark World” takes extra care to explore the intricacies of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who has the strongest performance in this film and has become a fan favorite since his villainous role in “The Avengers.”

His sharp tongue and bitter wit create many of the film’s humorous moments.

Loki is an insane sorcerer bent on gaining the Asgardian throne, but this film shows sides of him that will shock most after witnessing the destruction he caused in “The Avengers.”

Hiddleston’s stunning performance not only set the mood for the entire film but also implies his presence in every forthcoming Marvel movie.

Portman, however, was possibly the weakest of the cast. Her portrayal of Jane Foster was boring at times, giving little or no personality to the character. Parts of her performance in “Thor: The Dark World” reflected her poor performance in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.”

There were many moments where she had the chance to show her true talent, but instead these moments felt empty and emotionless.

The newest addition to the Marvel movie canon fits in perfectly with films such as “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

This sequel does a much better job at giving the god of thunder a stronger personality and entertaining the audience with exciting action sequences and heart-stopping moments of suspense.

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