Watch Thor: The Dark World online free.Catastrophically, this development downgrades the status of this franchise's star performer: Thor's wicked brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Loki is (once again) languishing in Lecteresque imprisonment and Hiddleston brings to it all the usual silky-voiced malice, wit and fun, like James Mason's wicked great-nephew. He's given a bit to do when Thor realises he must make common cause with this duplicitous sibling to defeat Malekith. But his sidelining is a big disappointment. Even Hiddleston can't rescue this Norse epic of tedium.
The movie struggles through its first half hour. After a rousing opening sequence establishing the history of the Aether and the Dark Elves (and featuring Bor, father of Odin!), an extended sequence on Earth, especially a dinner scene that is so forced and generic it could have just as easily been a single character listening to an iPod and staring into space for five minutes, slows the film down early. Thankfully, just as your eyes are about to glaze over for good, the movie’s first big turn hits, Thor re-enters the film, and the pace hits a stride it doesn’t break for the remaining eighty minutes or so. Yes, it’s understandable that a movie needs setup, but there had to be a better way to present it.
Chris Hemsworth returns as the great god, still carrying a torch, as well as that hammer, for his Earthling love: astrophysicist hottie Jane Foster, gamely played by Natalie Portman.
But now he faces a new enemy, the apocalyptically boring Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves, played by Christopher Eccleston and hell-bent on unleashing a fog of dullness on the universe. Malekith stands around glowering with pale-faced, pointy-eared resentment, like a mature student who has been thrown out of a Goth pub for smoking.