‘Thor: The Dark World’ enjoyable enough in spite of overly weighty mythology

Thor: The Dark World

Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely

Directed by Alan Taylor

USA, 2013

Sometimes, it’s the small moments in which you find joy. So it goes with Thor: The Dark World, a movie that frequently botches the big-picture details but balances out the messiness on the whole with minute gags, throwaway lines, and offhand glances that are laid-back and assured. The returning cast members have enough built-in chemistry, and the script has enough moments of genuine wit and cleverness, that Thor: The Dark World doesn’t sink despite being weighed down with an enormously, unnecessarily convoluted story.

Boiling it down to the most basic terms, our man Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has to stop an evil being and his nasty friends from controlling the Nine Realms by way of a powerful red fluid that might as well be literally called the MacGuffin. The ways in
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