"You Must Be Truly Desperate To Come To Me For Help"
Release Date: 31 October 2013 (Malaysia), 8 November 2013 (USA)
Directed By: Alan Taylor
Written By: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Duration: 120 minutes
In A Nutshell:
5000 years ago, the Dark Elves led by their leader Malekith (played by Christopher Eccleston) sought to rule everything by releasing a force called "Aether" onto all nine realms of the universe. He was eventually defeated and vanquished by the army of Asgard. The Aether, which couldn't be destroyed, was kept hidden by the Asgardians. Now in the present day, Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) has found the Aester but it then inhibited and possessed her body. Malekeith returns and seeks the Aester but Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) and the Asgardians stand in his way.
+ Climatic finale battle that just about passes as being cool.
+ Truly menacing villains. They were a real threat.
+ Darcy (played by Kat Dennings) providing most of the laughs again.
+ Cameos. Almost forgot Stan Lee is in a way obliged to do so (checkout the list of his movie cameos here). Another familiar person makes one too.
+ Frigga (played by Rene Russo). Finally, a queen that kicks-ass!!
- A somewhat lethargic first half. Too much was spent on establishing the story of Dark Elves, convergence of the nine realms, etc.
- Too much seems to be going on. The film actually feels a little bloated.
- Lacking something extraordinary or a "wow" factor. A perfect case of "seen all this before".
The Verdict Is In:
I truly enjoyed the first film, Thor . It was a lot of fun and got me really hyped for The Avengers  that following year. This current film on the other hand, although was fun in parts, just felt very ordinary and forgettable. Not a bad effort but the curse of the sequels strikes again. It seems that even for The God of Thunder, lightning doesn't strike twice!
6 out of 10