Thor is currently one of the top box office movies in the US. And its success will no doubt be followed in Oman as the Marvel formula of heroism and humour is captured in this big budget Disney sequel. The director Alan Tyler’s attention to detail in each scene is phenomenal.
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, don’t worry, the adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, continues in a fairly predictable manner as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. As an ancient race attempts to plunge the cosmos into darkness, Thor has no choice but to retain order.
While the set up is extremely straightforward, the script is surprisingly adept in balancing and developing the ongoing story line. There is more emphasis on characters this time around, giving the film more bite than the previous installment. The visuals and 3D effects are great but what lifts it is the performance of the characters.
Brit actor and darling of the critics Tom Hiddleston, is amazing as the ever-deceitful Loky. The complex mix of comedy, charm and moral ambiguity is perfectly captured in his performance and facial expressions. It’s always easier playing the baddy but Chris Hemsworth’s brawn and bravery lets him slot into the role of hero with ease. He has matured as a character, putting personal glory aside to protect his people.
Some characters like Lady Sif and the three warriors have disappeared. Not that it really matters. The return of Jane Foster and Heimdall are far more instrumental in the sequel.
While I’m not really a fan of comic book adaptations such as Thor, I enjoyed this movie. It’s a little bit more highbrow than your average hero flick but retains sufficient Hollywood magic to keep everyone happy. Good but not extraordinary cinematography.
Reviewed by Sura al Bayaty