Thor 2 is surprisingly terrific. With gorgeous and slightly dark 3D, the Iceland and London locations combine with fantastic special effects to make a movie that leaves you panting for Thor 3.
When we left our hero at the end of Thor – Chris Hemsworth makes me forget what the Marvel version of Thor looks like – all was peaceful on Asgard but he could never see his beloved Jane (Natalie Portman) again.
Never again turns out to be about two years. Yes, Jane is annoyed but perfectly happy to be swept off her feet, literally, again. Heck, you’d forgive a couple of years of absence if you got to fly to another planet, wouldn’t you?
A friend of mine noted that London locations are all used beautifully. I will never look at Greenwich the same way again, now I have seen what Thor and the villains do to it.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back and working with Thor. There’s a whole bunch of rambling plots about how the Aether (red and deadly wispy stuff) threatens the whole universe. Part of it is stuck in Jane’s body.
Will Thor save the day? Will there be more problems? What do you think?
Marvel fans will be very happy watching this. The packed Stratford East Picturehouse was full of joyful souls who stayed away from their mobile phones, just this once.
If you skipped the first one, Thor 2 stands alone so you haven’t missed any nuances.
Jaimie Alexander looks great and says her lines with feeling. Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston and Idris Elba all have great moments. Stellan Skarsgard steals every scene he’s in and I could have done with more of his superb comic timing.
It’s really wonderful and very true to the Marvel spirit. Don’t forget to stay through the credits for a sneak preview of the next movie in the series.
Please, might I have some more Avengers? If only all sequels offered this much entertainment.