Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

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Director: Alan Taylor

Cast: Alan Taylor, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston


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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to do battle with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the vengeful leader of a primordial race that seeks to destroy the Nine Realms, in this big-budget comic-book adventure set after the events of Marvel's The Avengers.See more details below


Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to do battle with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the vengeful leader of a primordial race that seeks to destroy the Nine Realms, in this big-budget comic-book adventure set after the events of Marvel's The Avengers. With even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) unable to protect Asgard from the approaching darkness, the god of thunder reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world from certain destruction. Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, and Tadanobu Asano co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Tony Stark may be brilliant, but Thor of Asgard earns his rightful status as Marvel's mightiest Avenger by smashing through the Shakespearean stuffiness of Kenneth Branagh's misguided origin story to deliver a genuinely satisfying sequel. Sweeping, smartly paced, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Thor: The Dark World feels much more in tune with the playful tone of The Avengers than its own predecessor, thanks in large part to dedicated performances by a supremely talented cast and director Alan Taylor's talent for seamlessly blending awe-inspiring action with lighthearted comedy. Having recently defended Earth from a massive interdimensional threat as part of the Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns home to restore the balance of peace to the Nine Realms as his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is sentenced to an eternity in an Asgard prison. Meanwhile in London, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is doing her best to move on when her eager assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings) discovers an anomaly that defies the laws of physics. Upon further investigation, Jane is transported to the place where Odin's father Bor had once hidden a powerful, formless weapon -- known as the Aether -- after defeating the Dark Elves and preventing their malevolent leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) from using it to spread darkness throughout the universe. Now infected with the Aether, Jane soon reunites with Thor, who transports her back to Asgard in the hope of healing her. But he's already too late, because Malekith has awoken from his centuries-long slumber and knows that Jane is the key to his plot. With an important cosmic event known as the Convergence drawing near, Malekith wants to use the Aether to accomplish what Bor had once prevented. Using his evil assistant Algrim (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to gain access to Asgard, Malekith launches an all-out invasion of the kingdom in a determined bid to recover his weapon. But Thor has other plans, and with the help of his allies on Asgard and Earth, he must destroy the Aether and make sure that Malekith is defeated once and for all. In 2011's Thor, Kenneth Branagh endeavored to instill an air of nobility in a film genre typically known for featuring chiseled heroes in spandex suits. But despite his best efforts, the movie suffered from lackluster action, a muddled script, and awkward attempts at comic relief. Two short years and one wildly popular blockbuster (The Avengers) later, however, prolific television director Alan Taylor (Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, The Sopranos, Deadwood) and screenwriters Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely prove that you can teach an old god new tricks with a crowd-pleaser that succeeds at widening the scope of the first film while simultaneously giving the sibling-rivalry subplot real gravity. Somewhat unexpectedly, the massive melee that kicks off Thor: The Dark World feels more like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy than anything out of the Marvel universe. It's a smart move that not only plunges the audience right into the action, but also offers Taylor the chance to immediately display his comfort working on a larger canvas. And as the movie returns to Asgard, the writers shift their focus to the seismic tensions between Thor and his renegade sibling Loki, allowing the charismatic Hiddleston to once again steal virtually every scene he appears in. If the writers can be accused of making any misstep, it's the fact that they once again fall back on the tiresome world-destroying-weapon-and-the-villain-who-covets-it scenario. Although, to be fair, Eccleston is genuinely chilling in the role of Malekith, and Taylor keeps the action moving at a satisfying pace that distracts from the comic-book clichés of the plot. His efforts are perfectly complimented by top-notch costume design by Wendy Partridge (Blade II, Hellboy), who outfits the Dark Elves in some eerily unsettling armor, and a rousing score by Brian Tyler, whose compositions summon an appropriate sense of majesty without ever growing overbearing. From Anthony Hopkins to Zachary Levi, the cast of Thor: The Dark World all perform admirably in their roles, nailing the jokes and heroics with equal conviction (special mention goes to Stellan Skarsgård and his tighty whiteys for providing the film with some of its best comic beats). It all adds up to one of the rare sequels that surpasses the original in just about every way imaginable.

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Walt Disney Video
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[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Natalie Portman Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston Loki
Stellan Skarsgård Dr. Erik Selvig
Idris Elba Heimdall
Christopher Eccleston Malekith
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Algrim the Strong/Kurse
Kat Dennings Darcy
Ray Stevenson Volstagg
Zachary Levi Fandral
Tadanobu Asano Hogun
Jaimie Alexander Sif
Rene Russo Frigga
Anthony Hopkins Odin
Alice Krige Eir
Clive Russell Tyr
Jonathan Howard Ian Boothby
Ramone Morgan John
Obada Alassadi Navid
Imaan Chentouf Maddie
Claire Brown Volstagg's Wife
Henry Calcutt Volstagg's Child #1
Ava Estella Caton Volstagg's Child #2
Abbie McCann Volstagg's Child #3
Thomas Arnold Desk Officer
Sam Swainsbury Stonehenge TV News Reporter
Connor Donaghey Sad Child
Royce Pierreson Student
Annabel Norbury Woman on Platform
Sophie Cosson Wench #1
Chris O'Dowd Richard
Justin Edwards Police Officer #1
Gruffudd Glyn Police Officer #2
Richard Brake Einherjar Lietenant
Stan Lee Himself
Steve Scott Himself
Brett Tucker Einherjar Guard
Talulah Riley Nurse
Richard Wharton Asylum Patient

Technical Credits
Alan Taylor Director
Victoria Alonso Executive Producer
Thomas Brown Art Director
Conrad Buff Editor
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Jamie Christopher Asst. Director
Jordan Crockett Art Director
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Nigel Gostelow Executive Producer
Arni Hansson Production Manager
Malcolm Jamieson Editor
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Sophia Knight Makeup
Craig Kyle Executive Producer
Dan Lebental Editor
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Christopher Markus Screenwriter
Ruheene Masand Production Manager
Andrew McEvoy Animator
Stephen McFeely Screenwriter
Kramer Morgenthau Cinematographer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Payne Original Story
Matthew Robinson Art Director
Robert Rodat Original Story
Wyatt Smith Editor
Nicholas St.Clair Animator
Mike Stallion Art Director
Mark Swain Art Director
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Charles Wood Production Designer
Christopher Yost Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Marvel one-shot: All Hail The King - an all-new Marvel short film!; Never-before-seen extended and deleted scenes!; Check out the hilarious gag reel!; Exclusive Look - Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier-; take a spectacular first look at the upcoming movie and its incredible cast of characters, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, Steve Rogers' new ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, and a mysterious emeny from the past...the Winter Soldier.; A Brother's Journey: Thor & Loki-explore two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe with stars Chris Hemswort and Tom Hiddleston.; Scoring Marvel's Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler - go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and acclaimed composer Brian Tyler for a look at the creation of the movie's stunning original score.; Audio commentary- with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau.

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