Even though it is the lowest rated Marvel Cinematic Universe film via Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, Thor: The Dark World made over $644 million at the worldwide box office. I have been doing a rewatch of the MCU leading into Avengers: Infinity War and going back to Thor: The Dark World is not as bad as I remember it being.
While there are some issues with this film, there is enough here for me to enjoy it. Most of the enjoyment comes from the character development and the interactions that they have with each other.
The biggest downside for me is the attempted comedy. Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis is too over the top. Really, the only big comedic part I enjoy is Chris O’Dowd as Richard, Jane Foster’s suitor from London. I was hopeful that this character would bring Jane from being that lovesick puppy that she was in Thor into something more but as soon she sees Thor again, she becomes mush for him.
The other big problem is Odin himself. He is willing to sacrifice every single person of Asgard to hold onto the Aether and keep it away from Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith. Thor, on the other hand, wants to take the Aether away to draw out Malekith and protect his people. It goes against the Odin we get in Thor, as there he is trying to teach those things to Thor.
My absolutely favorite highlight of this film is seeing new places, be it London, Asgard’s training locations or dungeon, or new realms like Svartalfheim and Vanaheim. Seeing these places expand on Thor’s world gives more weight to the throne of Asgard and what it means to be the guardian of the nine realms.
For the most part, I also enjoy the visuals of the film. The look of the dark elves stands out to me, especially the visuals that turn the dark elves into the Kursed. Most of the CGI is pretty spot on as well, save for two spots that stick out. One is a scene with birds and the other is the post-credit scene’s London background.
Thor: The Dark World has its ups and its downs. Going back to this film, the ups definitely outweigh the downs. The Elvish language itself was created by David J. Peterson, the same man who created the Dothraki & Valayrian languages in Game of Thrones. This brings a deeper depth to the film that I didn’t notice before. Add that to the interactions of the Warriors Three and seeing the love between Loki and Frigga, and you add depth to the supporting characters.
I can see how people didn’t like this film when it came out. I had a hard time believing Jane and Thor’s romance, and Malekith didn’t get a lot of character development outside of pushing along the plot. With all of that said, within the Thor trilogy, this is a movie that I would recommend to watch to follow his arc. If you are re-watching for information into Infinity War, I think this is a movie that could go either way based on how much time you have.