By the Power of Aether
Thousands of years ago the warriors from Asgard stopped the Dark Elves, lead by Malekith, from controlling an indestructible weapon known as the Aether. In the present day and whilst Thor has been busy bringing peace to the nine realms Jane Foster has been waiting for his return and been growing increasingly frustrated. Whilst out investigating an unusual going on in London she finds herself sucked into a wormhole where something strange happens to her. Now Jane becomes the key in a new battle as Malekith returns and wants the power which Jane now possesses whilst Thor battles to save her and the fate of the entire universe which means asking Loki for help despite unable to trust him.
We have comedy, we have some romance, we have big action and we also have Stellan Skarsgård running around Stonehenge stark naked, thank goodness for pixelation. Now I could go on because in its two and a half hour running time "Thor: The Dark World" is crammed to the top with ideas and even features an amusing cameo from another Avenger and it is that there is so much going on that it keeps you entertained or is that distracted! I say that because at times it felt like there was so many things going on that it seemed to be trying to avert your attention from the storyline which without the character establishing elements of the first movie feels drawn out with extra scenes which add nothing other than more zeros to the budget for special effects.
That ends up what "Thor: The Dark World" becomes all about, those out of the world special effects which admittedly are big and spectacular. But as I have said many a time I'm now at that age where out of this world visuals are not enough to make a movie work for me. As such this storyline ends up becoming more convoluted than many a comic book movie and began to have a feel of something where the writer said anything goes because there are no rules in the land of the super hero and so if you die chances are you can come back to life.
What this all boils down to is that "Thor: The Dark World" is entertaining and for those who care is full of epic special effects. But without the character introductions of the first movie the storyline served up didn't quite do it for me and ended up too convoluted and too, anything goes.