'Thor: The Dark World' in my humble opinion is awesome. Of course if you watch our review video you'll see the other half of Two Jews on Film does not share my opinion.
In any case, for those of you who aren't comic book readers, here are the Cliffs Notes:
Thousands of years ago, a race of really scary looking beings known as the Dark Elves - led by the equally freaky looking Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) - tried to send the universe into darkness; using a powerful weapon known as the Aether. Guess these dudes don't like the sun, hence their extremely pale skin.
These evil beings were defeated by the supremely handsome Asgard warriors, led by King Odin (Anthony Hopkins). The Asgard sent the Elves into exile and hid the Aether in a place where no one would ever find it - seriously, when did that ever work?
Malekith escapes and rallies his troupes; determined to find the Aether and send all the nine realms, including Earth, into complete darkness.
At the same time Thor (Chris Hemsworth), has been busy busting heads with his hammer - in an attempt to bring peace to these nine realms. He's also pinning away for his human love, astrophysicist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
Speaking of Dr. Jane - in between longing for Thor's godly touch - she discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought him and his hammer to Earth in the first place. When the doc and her over the top sarcastic intern (Kat Denning) go to investigate, Jane is sucked into a wormhole.
Meanwhile back on Asgard, Thor's bro, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been imprisoned for treason and dealing with mommy (Rene Russo) issues.
When Thor, thanks to his buddy (Idris Elba) finds out that Jane has disappeared; he tells his father (King Odin), that he wants to return to Earth to find her. Odin says, "No way...your place is here" - and of course, as sons often do, Thor disobeys.
But just as Thor lands on Earth, Jane reappears. Only problem is, during her trip through the wormhole, the Aether enters her body. This is not a good thing, since apparently humans can't handle its power. So, unless Thor can find a way to get the Aether out of Jane's body, she will die.
Faster than the speed of light, he whisks his soul mate back to Asgaard to keep her safe until he can find a solution to Jane's problem. This turns out to be a not so great idea since Malekith senses the Aether on Asgaard - and he gathers his forces to attack.
To say anymore would spoil the fun - and this film, shot in 3D, is fun...a lot of fun! It's also exciting with dazzling special effects and great characters - there's even a couple of surprises.
The cast is wonderful with Hiddleston being one of my personal favorites. And let's face it; Chris Hemsworth is quite pleasant to look at.
Also worth mentioning: Chris O'Dowd, who has a very funny cameo as Jane's blind date and of course, Stellan Skarsgard, who returns as the discredited scientist, Erik Selvig.
'Thor: The Dark World' directed by Alan Taylor ('Game of Thrones') and written by Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, opens in theatres, Friday November 8, 2013.
I gave the film 5 bagels out of 5...John wasn't even close with his.
Check out our video for more of our thoughts and John's bagel rating.