By Odin All-Father’s beard, all’s well in Asgard

Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
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It’s as strong as thunder and as powerful as lightning; our favourite Norse god has returned with a mighty Asgardian bang.

After the disappointment of DC Comics’ ‘Man of Steel’ it was with great trepidation that many approached Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ but happily I can report that all is well in Asgard.

Tom Hiddlestone as Loki.

Tom Hiddlestone as Loki.

Since Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’, the ethereal Norse god has returned to Asgard leaving Jane Foster (Natalie Portman - ‘The Black Swan’) behind on Earth.

In-between times Thor has teamed up with fellow Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man et al to defeat and stop his evil brother Loki (Hiddleston) from laying waste to the people of Earth.

Loki is captured and taken back to Asgard where he is kept prisoner.

Whilst Thor and his army of sword-wielding Asgardian warriors are busy bringing peace to the nine realms of the universe, Jane Foster stumbles across something she really shouldn’t have.

Jane discovers a porthole into another world and absorbs what is known as the aether.

The aether has the potential to destroy Asgard and as soon as the weapon latches on to Jane it awakes an ancient race who have spent the last 5000 years floating around space.

The ancient race are known as the Dark Elves and their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston - ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’) is hell- bent on plunging the entire universe into darkness.

Enter stage left, blonde-haired Norse god with massive mallet. The future of planet Earth rests on the shoulders of Thor (Chris Hemsworth - ‘The Cabin in the Woods’). He must protect Jane from Malekith and defeat the Dark Elf once and for all.

Dark World is the year’s most enjoyable comic book hero film. It makes mince meat of ‘Man of Steel’ and blows ‘Iron Man 3’ out of the water.

Fans who liked Hemsworth’s Thor in the first film of the franchise will absolutely worship him after Dark World.

Hemsworth’s Thor and Hiddleston’s Loki are immensely enjoyable and when there are scenes when neither of them are onscreen you pine for them to return quicker than Thor’s hammer.

The foes in the first Thor film and indeed ‘Avengers Assemble’ were distant and vague but in Dark World the enemy has a name and a personality.

Malekith, who is a cross between Legolas from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pennywise from ‘It’, is a formidable foe but I would have liked to have learned more about him.

We are told Malekith hates Asgard and Asgardians and we are told he wants to plunge the universe into darkness but we are never told why.

The special effects in Dark World are superb and the action sequences are simply top class.

The one ingredient that Dark World has just the right amount of is humour. Unlike ‘Man of Steel’, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t embark on some ridiculous Son of God analogy.

I did find myself becoming a little frustrated with the final battle scene between Thor and Malekith. It reminded me of the fight between Superman and Zod in Man of Steel. But because of all that went before I was able to turn a blind eye andstarted planning a second viewing.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ is at the Brunswick Moviebowl; for full listings visit or telephone 028 71 371 999.