The ever glorious crimson cape billowing in a storm of war, armed with a no-nonsense hammer gleaming in the heat of battle and one heck of a Norse God with amazingly kempt blonde locks to boot. Such presence has graced us in 2011 when Marvel premiered its best hero yet, Thor. The film was headed by a slew of star-studded cast consisting of Chris Hemsworth (Snow White and the Huntsman), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta) and Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, The Avengers). Many Marvels devotees, regular movie buffs, film reviewers, newbies and the curious flocked theatres worldwide. And the verdict at the box office? Thorifficly Awesome.
Fast forward two years and we’re now sitting pretty on the month of November (when a string of blockbuster films are conveniently released all the way through December). The talk of late has been none other than the sequel of Thor known as Thor : The Dark World. The entire all-star cast returned to their respective roles with a few new additions. I was in Penang over the Deepavali holidays and queued up for tickets to watch it on the third day of its release in Malaysia and boy, was the queue a reminiscent of what I’d like to call The Minion Invasion (once upon a time, not too long ago). Clearly, fans and newbies are keen to see if the sequel will live up to the high expectations left after the huge success of the previous film.
Well, did it?
In my opinion, I think it did. And this time, the spotlight, headlight, flashlight, traffic light, nightlight, sunlight, city light, starlight and all the lights in the world are centred on the one and only Tom Hiddleston, who gave an amusing, entertaining, captivating portrayal as Loki, the notorious, mischievous, at times confusing brother of Thor. His character was a complex one. For the first half of the film, one would deduce that Loki was somehow tamed and subtle despite his usual antics. The rawness of his grief and sorrow was controlled but felt through his eyes. Yet, a niggling feeling penetrates the back of one’s mind as the film progressed towards the end. Though, I have a hunch (and do not hunt me down on this as a hunch can suffer aches and pains, thus may not be proven true) that in the next instalment of the film, Loki has a very pivotal part to play in the course and change of the storyline as a whole.
In terms of character development, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) sadly remained a stoic, predictable character though having the wonderful Natalie Portman to grace the screen is not something I’ll have complains about. Her character exudes intelligence in the field of Math and Physics (which might have been a confidence booster/inspiration if I were an Engineering student—which I’m not, clearly). Chris Hemsworth did a fantastic job as the titular role of Thor (though I do miss his ‘human/Earthling’ getups in the previous film).
Relish in the awesomeness that is Loki/Tom Hiddleston and his ever-growing mane. Seriously.