Thor: The Dark World review from a Batman fan
CAN I be completely honest? I didn't see the the big deal with the first Thor movie.
It was the weakest of the 'Phase 1' Marvel movies (everything from Iron Man up to Avengers), but Thor: The Dark World actually exceeded my expectations.
Full disclosure right here and now - I'm a mad Batman fan.
The Christopher Nolan trilogy are my favourite films, and unlike a lot of people, I'm actually excited to see how Ben Affleck does in the cape and cowl in 2015.
Marvel's taken things in a different direction than Bats - they embrace aliens, demigods and the supernatural more than I ever expect DC to.
And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The Dark World (Which is a stupid title, Thor 2 would have been so much better) is a direct follow to last year's blockbuster The Avengers.
It starts out with Thor fighting his way around the Nine Realms all the while an enemy from eons ago gathers power and plans to destroy the world/universe/galaxy/something like that.
The story's pretty straight forward and to be honest, a bit slow at times. Tom Hiddleston's Loki was a joy any time he was on screen - his little quips, his loud outburst, whatever it is, it's just right.
Chris Hemsworths' Thor is a carbon copy of the character we saw in the first flick and Avengers. Nothing too new to report about him.
Christopher Eccleston stars as the villain Malekith was a compete bore though. I'm sure he's a very talented actor but under all that make up it's hard to get much out of him. Most of it's not his fault though - he's a typical comic book movie baddie who wants to destroy the world/universe/galaxy/something like that.
Having said that, the action's quite good and it was well spaced out. They've really got to keep upping the ante following on from Avengers. One thing that did let me down was the story. It felt very straight forward with hardly any surprises.
However, one thing that stuck with me after the film ended was the humour. It had just the right amount, and it worked beautifully. Kat Denning's character is a constant source of comedy but not to the point where it's overbearing. The way Thor reacts with everyday, boring 'Earth' tasks had me in stitches, and I don't think it was even meant to be that funny.
It's important in Marvel's 'Phase 2' movie plan (That's everything from Iron Man 3 to Avengers 2 in 2015) that everything is spot on. There's a lot riding on this franchise and it only takes one movie to drop the ball. Thor 2 is a decent superhero movie but honestly, give us Avengers: Age of Ultron already. We know that's what we're all building towards.
Oh, and be sure to stick around after the credits.
Marvel have another brilliant scene up their sleeves to lead in to another adventure planned for the big screen next year.
Thor: The Dark World opens in cinemas today.
Patrick Williams is the digital producer for the Sunshine Coast Daily.