Thor: The Dark World
Say what you want about the much-anticipated sequel to Marvel’s "Thor," but "Thor: The Dark World" is a dazzling looking space opera. It might not seem that way since it’s a superhero film and sequences do take place on present day Earth, but it really is a space saga unlike anything we’ve seen since the mid-80s. It’s like "Krull," but good.
While "Thor: The Dark World" furthers the Asgardian mythology, it also feels a bit overstuffed. It’s fun to watch, but there is a point where you check out and kind of want it all to be over. Where the first one was fairly linear and a concisely told story, this is on the "sprawling" side which makes sense since director Alan Taylor comes from the "Game of Thrones" world.
That said, Chris Hemsworth studs it up as the conflicted hero, Rene Russo gets to kick ass (well, her stunt-double does), Portman gets to act all science-y, and Tom Hiddleston gets to add even more to his fan girl and boy fantasies. He’s the ultimate bad boy for nerds.
The Blu-ray disc looks and sounds as terrific as one would expect. The Special Features are appropriate, but not totally surprising, except for the latest Marvel One-Shot short film which hints at an interesting future plot line for Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery who appeared in "Iron Man 3."
For Thor fans and Marvel First Wave purists, this is still a must to purchase; for everyone else, renting it is just fine.