On our way to see this movie last night, my movie buddy and I were discussing how the Avenger movies have, thus far, managed to get it right. That oh so important balancing act of keeping the loyal and scarily pedantic fan base happy but allowing those who are not immersed in the Avengers universe enough that they can enjoy the movie on its own. The franchise takes itself seriously……but not seriously enough that it can’t have a wink and a laugh.
Could they do it again?
When we last saw our heroes, Loki (Hiddleston) had been taken back to his home world of Asgard and thrown into jail for trying to destroy Earth. Thor (Hemsworth) had proven himself worthy as the future King and all was on track for him to ascend his father Odin’s (Hopkins) throne. He was off fighting bad guys in different worlds and realms as he pined away for his mortal love, the scientist Jane Foster (Portman).
Back on Earth, Jane has unwittingly unleashed an ancient evil force that would see the worlds plunged back into darkness with the evil Malakith (Ecclestone) as omnipotent ruler. Her mentor Erik (Skarsgard) is aware of whats happening but his, admittedly highly amusing, pleas fall on deaf ears. Thor comes and rescues Jane, taking her back to Asgard while her perky intern Darcy (Dennings) rallies the troops back on Earth.
As Asgard falls and the worlds begin to converge, finally giving Malekith the power he has craved for many millennium, Thor has no choice but to enlist the help of his scheming brother Loki. But can he trust him?
And there ends my plot review. Of course, it is far more intricate and involved but I dont want to have to do a spoiler alert.
The answer to my question could they do it again is a resounding and emphatic YES!
Thor is no longer a cocky upstart, sure that his physical prowess and birthright will gain him the throne of Asgard. He has grown into an astute leader and warrior, the good of all his people his priority. Loki, on the other hand, is imprisoned but is ever alert for an opportunity to escape or enact revenge.
The brothers are perfect opposites both physically and in character and this gives us some of the movies best and funniest moments. Hemsworth is gorgeously handsome and muscular….. everything a romantic superhero should be. But Loki….ahhh Loki. Loki is deliciously devilish and scheming ……snarking his way through this movie. Snap, snap, snap. As always, he has the best one liners and delivers them with a smirk that….. well it makes you smile.
This movie’s special effects are spectacular, as you would expect There are action scenes aplenty with fighting going on in at least 3 different worlds. But alongside the fighting, we have the more ordinary things like Jane meeting Thor’s parents for the first time.
There are many lighthearted moments…..particular mention for the eternally perky and funny Darcy, particularly as she deals with the naked antics of Erk. There is also lots of fighting and defending of the realms but there are also some quiet, sobering moments as well. Watching Frigga, the Queen, reach out to her wayward son and watching Loki spit venom back is touching and sad. But a mother’s love is enduring …
Okay so this movie has it all. Fan boys and girls will be happy as will everyone else. The plot is not too contrived or intricate but I think that’s a good thing. There are some twists and turns to keep us guessing
Oh and not that I need to remind my fellow Avenger geeks but you have to stay past the credits…..
Love Flick xx
Director : Alan Taylor
Starring : Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevensen, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård
Running Time : 120 minutes
Release Date : October 31