Alan Taylor takes over the director's reigns from Kenneth Branagh, and there is a shift in the franchise. The new movie has more CGI and bigger action, but it loses characterization and fun. The plot is often convoluted, and deals with evil elves (yes...you read that right- evil elves) who developed a supernatural weapon called the Aether. This coincides with the nine realms converging, and Jane Foster gets infected with the Aether, which causes the few surviving elves to reclaim the weapon so they can destroy all nine realms. Thor is forced to seek the help of his imprisoned brother Loki in order to save the worlds.
The majority of the movie takes place on Asgard, in what seems like an attempt to tap into the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan base. Idris Elba, who became a fan favorite as Heimdall, gets a lot more screen time. One of the things that sets the modern Marvel movies apart from the post-2000 DC movies, is that the Marvel films are infused with humor and fun to balance the action and drama. But THOR THE DARK WORLD takes a hard left turn into DC territory by nearly reaching a level of Christopher Nolan/Zack Snyder humorless darkness. Not including a few exceptions, the only humor in this movie is provided by Kat Dennings, and there is a funny cameo by Chris Evans as Captain America.
|Why can't they make Hemsworth wear the helmet?|