'Thor: The Dark World' [Blu-ray]
(Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2014 / BVHE)
Overview: Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.
Blu ray Verdict: 'Thor: The Dark World' is, in short, a hit. With a new and different threat, the battle takes place behind the lines, in wastelands, and on metropolis Earth, rather than the cold world and small town scene of the first film. Trickery, subtlety, and cunning take the place of brute force this time, and it's a good direction to take.
The characters, for the large part now established, were furthered well. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) was played well, but could have spoken up a great deal more near the end. It should have been more shocking when he finally spoke English, in fact I don't recall the exact moment he started.
The action in this film was great, but skipped a few beats at times, which is forgivable this time with Loki's interchanges with Thor. Marvel did meet my expectations with intermittent comedy, once again. This sequel was full of it, and each time it was written and performed very well, and got a laugh from the whole audience.
The movie is family-friendly except for fantasy violence, two moments of direct violence, partial nudity (a character is shown in public on television, but is thankfully censored), and less worrying details seen here. See it in 3D, see it in 2D, either works. 3D doesn't stand out, for better or worse. All in all, 'Thor: The Dark World' is worth seeing in any form; but I love Blu-ray, of course!
And if you still didn't get what I was trying to say: All in all, as Phase 2 began with 'Iron Man 3', 'Thor: The Dark World' is an enjoyable and highly likable sequel thanks to the acting, visuals, and the story line that started the movie off on the right track, and ends with a surprise cliffhanger. Not only is this a good movie, but 'Thor: The Dark World' is a sequel that refines everything good about the 2011 film.
P.S. Stay after all the credits roll, and you'll be doubly rewarded. [NA] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of a Marvel One-Shot: ALL HAIL THE KING - An All-New Marvel Short Film!