Thor: The Dark World

 

Marvel Studios

 

Rating: PG-13

 

Reason for the Rating: Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content.

 

Plot Summary: When ancient Dark Elves return to Asgard, Thor must use every weapon at his disposal to defend his world, as well as Earth.

 

PopFam Recommends: A fun, action-packed movie your family won't want to miss.

 

Who doesn't like a good Thor movie? Guys like him because he's a stud, and girls like him because, well, because he's a stud! He is a god after all, or as Odin (Anthony Hopkins) points out, they aren't really gods, they just live a lot longer than humans. Either way, he can do some amazing things with that hammer of his.

 

The Dark World is no exception. About 5,000 years ago there was a huge battle in the nine realms. The Dark Elves had created a substance/weapon called Aether, and were using it to send the universe into darkness. The warriors from Asgard were able to overthrow the Dark Elves and hide the Aether. Everyone thought the Darks Elves were long dead and the Aether gone, until Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles across it and becomes infected with the substance. As the nine realms are beginning to align, the Dark Elves see their opportunity to overpower them all with the help of the Aether. If they can just get their hands on it. Watching Jane from afar and realizing something is amiss, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) rushes to Earth to protect her.

 

As it goes, the overarching plot of The Dark World isn't much different than that of any other superhero movie. If you remember the Superman movie from earlier in the year, Clark Kent must save the world from aliens who wish to conquer Earth. In The Avengers, a slew of superheroes work together to save the planet from another band of aliens who want to overpower Earth. But that doesn't take away from the creativity and fun of this movie. The Dark Elves and their leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), are pure evil, seeking only darkness and the Aether that will bring it. So that might not sound like fun, but their costuming and characters are amazingly creative and visually stunning, as is the world as Asgard.

 

Unlike Superman, the comic relief in the movie is outstanding. Eric (Stellan Skarsgard), Darcy (Kat Dennings), and Ian (Jonathan Howard)...Jane's scientist friend and interns who are kooky and just a touch crazy are a nice contrast to the intensity of Odin, Malekith, and Thor, as is Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He always leaves the audience wondering if he will change and return to his role as a trustworthy brother, or remain a deceiver, liar, and stealer of thrones.

 

Once again, Marvel does a great job of bringing to life favorite comic book heroes, as well as mythological gods. Despite the sci-fi violence and action, this is a fun movie for families to see. There isn't anything unexpected, so if you've taken your kids to see The Avengers or the original Thor, you can be assured of something similar.

 

Oh, and be sure to stay throughout the credits, as there are two (yes, two) sequences to watch. And you won't want to miss them!

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Who would you rather be...Thor, Iron Man, or Hulk? Explain.

 

• Why is the desire for power to enticing?

 

• In what ways are Maliketh and the Dark Elves like Satan and his minions? Why are we captivated by those kinds of characters?

 

--JW

 

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