Excerpt: There is exactly one reason to see Thor: The Dark World, and his name is Tom Hiddleston. Save for his too-brief supporting turn, this is mighty forgettable stuff, a by-the-numbers sequel to what was already the slightest and least entertaining of the ‘Avengers’ components.
Excerpt: With its cameos (Stan Lee and a fellow Avenger), teasing end credits scenes, references to New York, and promise of a return, this second “Thor” feels very much like one piece in modern cinema’s biggest commercial puzzle.
Excerpt: director Alan Taylor’s (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’) ploy is to revert to comedy whenever the plot stops making sense. Too often, we’re treated to the sight of Stellan Skarsgård (as scientist Erik Selvig) running around without his pants on.
Excerpt: Much of what made the first film such fun was the fact that it was a fish out of water comedy in which a man who cavorts around like a Viking has to figure out modern day Earth. While there are glimmers of the old Thor in Hemsworth’s performance – particularly in an early battle scene in which he dispatches his enemies with a wry smile – he’s a more stoic, brooding presence than he was before, intent on mooning over his distant love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) than the business of preparing to rule the realm of Asgard in the stead of his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Excerpt: En “Thor: El mundo oscuro” parece que pensaron que los personajes ya estaban presentados en la primera parte, y aquí no hacía falta detenerse en sus relaciones, porque la película es básicamente trama y trama.
Excerpt: It’s the human element that makes these superhero movies work. Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki and a more lighthearted touch in the second half elevate this fantasy into fun entertainment.
Excerpt: More heavy-handed than it had to be and confusing underwhelming bombast for overwhelming excitement, the film is generic and unspectacular by itself, but it functions as a convoy for bigger and better things to come.
Excerpt: One of the defining elements of the rise of the superhero blockbuster was a reliance on a strong narrative. Thor: The Dark World proves that the narrative has gotten muddied and, as a result, the success of the Marvel universe may be unraveling.
Excerpt: Thor’s second solo outing strikes a far better balance between the Earth-bound action and the dramas on his home world of Asgard, but beyond the strong set pieces and knowing humour, the plot and central romance fail to hit home.
Excerpt: When the dust clears, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ ends up being another brash entertainment spectacle that showcases its special effects flourishes and waxes its big-budgeted whimsy but leaves out the core element of simply tooting its humble horn as a compelling down-to-earth Marvel Comics sideshow.
Excerpt: Tone is a particular casualty: too serious one minute and too goofy the next, with Brian Tyler’s overbearing music underscoring each tonal change, the film struggles to achieve that balanced comic book feel.
Excerpt: In all the ways that count, “Thor: The Dark World” is more of the same. Though it suffers in the way that sequels often do, it gets past the escalating bloat to deliver everything that made you like the franchise in the first place.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: Basically what you have here is a $170 million B-picture. That doesn’t make the film bad. It’s entertaining, and that’s good enough for me.
Excerpt: The returning cast members have enough built-in chemistry, and the script has enough moments of genuine wit and cleverness, that Thor: The Dark World doesn’t sink despite being weighed down with an enormously, unnecessarily convoluted story.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A brainless, chaotic piece of comic-book hokum so loud and action-packed that by the end you might feel you’ve been clobbered over the head by the hero’s big old hammer.
Excerpt: This is a sequel that, compared to the original, is unequal, with pointless, dull CGI battles in Thor’s pointless, dull outer realms rather than anything of much consequence happening on earth to “real” people.