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|Originaltitel:||Thor: The Dark World|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Adventure, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Actually Thor (Chris Hemsworth) could lean back and relax. Not only did he, along with the other Avengers, save New York and the rest of the world from an alien invasion and arrest his responsible brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). For the first time Thor and his men succeeded in bringing peace to all nine kingdoms. For his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) this achievement is proof enough that Thor is a worthy successor to the throne of Asgard. But there is still one thing that prevents him from being a good king: his feelings for the mortals Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is still desperately waiting on Earth for Thor to come back to her. Indeed, a reunion between the lovers is imminent - but the reason for this is anything but romantic. Because Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), an old opponent of Odin, has returned with his people of dark elves and threatens not only Asgard with deadly revenge. He wants to plunge the entire universe into eternal darkness. Jane of all people seems to be the key. And so Thor must bring her to Asgard, hoping to protect her from Malekith. But when he realizes that he is dealing with an overpowering enemy here, he has only one way out to save Jane and the rest of the universe from the Lord of the Dark Elves: he has to connect with Loki of all people…
After the "Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" were each able to collect well over 1 billion dollars at the box offices worldwide, there is of course a heavy burden on the shoulders of Thor, the son of the gods. His new screen adventure, the second contribution in the second wave of "Avengers" single films, must be measured by the entertainment value and financial success of his overpowering Marvel colleagues. And the movie of "Game of Thrones"-director Alan Taylor might have a hard time with that. Not that Thor: The Dark Kingdom is a weak movie. On the contrary. This sequel is a visually stunning and very entertaining fantasy movie with great effects, good actors and a good mixture of action and humor.
What could stand in the way of the great success with the mass audience is, besides the fact that Thor is simply not as cool as his colleague Tony Stark, that "Thor: The Dark Kingdom" looks more like a science fiction movie than a typical superhero movie for long stretches. Rauschiffe, aliens, strange worlds, the fantasy flick offers all this to a much greater extent than its predecessor. Once most of the plot had taken place on Earth, the focus of Part 2 shifted to Asgard and the other realms of Nordic mythology. That has a high show value, there's no question about it. However, superhero movies without a clear reference to reality usually have a much harder time luring the masses into the cinemas than genre works that settle their supernatural stories in a familiar and comprehensible environment.
Those who adjust themselves to the fact that Thor only makes a relatively short stop on earth, where the show is also stolen by the supporting actors Kat Dennings ("2 Broke Girls") and Stellan Skarsgård, will get a really good fantasy adventure with a lot of fun factor. Besides the partly really wonderful moments between Thor and the deceitful Loki, a small guest appearance of another Avenger and the brilliant finale in London make for a really good mood.
"Thor: The Dark Kingdom" is not the best movie from the younger "Marvel" universe. But if you want to lower your expectations a little bit and if you like to be kidnapped into strange worlds by great fantasy cinema, you shouldn't miss this work. And as always with "Marvel" movies: wait for the credits, because here there are two short clips (one in the credits and the second at the end), for which it is well worth staying seated. Not a real hammer - but still absolutely worth seeing!
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