After the events of THOR and The Avengers, our favourite asgardian Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back with the “Warriors Three” Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Zachary Levi) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander) . Having destroyed the Bifröst due to the mischief of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in THOR, the God of Thunder and the Warriors Three embark on setting things right within the nine realms. However ancient race called The Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.
It is harder to write about this movie, it has just literally been released and even though i try to keep my reviews spoiler free i feel I’m giving too much away even in glancing over the plot! It ties in really well with small throwaway comments to the avengers and SHIELD, Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) along with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) return for the sequel which helps ground the movie a lot in both tone and humour! One thing I can mention without spoiling or giving anything away is that it delves deeper into the mythology and history than THOR did which takes the initial focus of the story away from Thor himself and at the same time expands the universe which is what I believe this movies strongest feature! Odin (Anthony Hopkins) gets a much bigger role in this movie as does Heimdall (Idris Elba) The all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian gatekeeper. A great big whack of it is set in London which was good as it stopped any proximity problems with other Avengers popping their heads in!
Why did I choose this movie, well I didn’t it was my friend Matthew, again invited me along to the triple bill! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! Even having sat through THOR and Avengers Assemble back to back I was ready to go with the third. Imax 3D was much better in this movie, possibly because it was filmed in 3D rather than converted, but I’m not going to get into that! It retains its predecessor’s sense of fun with some truly witty gags that fit in nicely! Over all however it is a lot more darker as the title suggests, and evenmore fantastical than THOR. That being said the fantastical is kept realm specific, and is grounded with science when we switch back to earth, which Ilike! Christopher Eccleston as Malekith was amazing, you would only know its him if someone pointed it out! You can however pick out a slight Northern accent even when he is speaking in Dark Elf alien language, but then again a lot of planets have a north!