We took the family to see “Thor: The Dark World” over Thanksgiving weekend. It got a thumbs up from everyone. The plot was pretty clever for an action-adventure film, a genre not known for its creative plotting. The acting was also surprisingly good. I find Chris Hemsworth as Thor a bit wooden, but Jim pointed out to me that it’s not a character where you want a lot of over-acting, so it’s unclear whether he’s a wooden actor or whether the Thor character needs to be portrayed that way (in which case, he’s an excellent actor). Natalie Portman is excellent as always. Her role is a bit tricky, as it’s also a role that doesn’t call for a lot of stretch acting, but she plays her character in a restrained way, so it’s neither stereotyped nor overdramatic. Tom Hiddleston as Loki has the best part. Loki is snarky, sarcastic, and the most complex character in the story. And he does an excellent job with the role.
There’s also lots of explosions, battles, and dead bodies, a requirement for the Thor series. And, spoiler here, the good guys win. (At least for now.) It’s all very satisfying.
All in all, Thor is a fast-paced, cleverly plotted and surprisingly well-acted action-adventure movie. It’s an excellent addition to the Marvel series. The family collectively highly recommends it. And don’t forget to stay through the credits when you go see the movie.