The main problem I had with the first film was that while I thought the scenes on Asgard were amazingly cool, and I enjoyed his time on earth before the threat or villain or whatever-it-was came through the portal and followed him (I already forgot the specifics, I won't lie,) but once that happened you knew EXACTLY where that movie was going, and as a result the ending was a bit underwhelming. You could smell the formula a mile away. Strangely enough, the exact opposite happened in the sequel. This go 'round I found myself largely bored by the time spent on Thor's home turf and absolutely loving the finale; it was only after they left Asgard that the story picked up and things started getting good.
Coincidentally that might have something to do with the fact that suddenly there was more Loki at that point as well. I must admit, the banter between the two brothers is absolutely one of the better parts of the film....and results in a marvelous cameo. He's a fun character to have around because he brings the most surprises...the twists and turns, as well as the humor somehow. Although [SPOILER, highlight to read] I am nervous about whether or not they're drawing it out too much and overdoing things.. and I'm not sure how much I liked the way things ended[/SPOILER]
But as I said, though Dark World kind of takes a while (occasionally I'd even say the film drags..) to get where everything is firing on all cylinders, once it does it's pretty fun. This particular battle finale might even be my favorite from the slew of avenger solo films. So yes I think this film, as a whole, ultimately is a fun watch. That said, there's still something about Thor that as a hero and a franchise, is kind of take it or leave it for me. I enjoy watching them, but I never actively look forward to it or think much about it afterwards (and I'm pretty sure I said the exact same thing when I was reviewing Iron Man 3 with regard to Tony Stark, but maybe that's just my feeling on these guys on their own..)
It's pleasantly entertaining enough, but not a hero whose adventures I'm constantly craving to see. I enjoy all of the characters just fine, (yes even Kat Dennings,), but there's something about the whole thing that seems so hodge podge to me. Thor is a Marvel superhero, who lives in a Lord of the Rings-esque planet in a Star Trek universe who befriends random humans and has a random romance. Perhaps they keep coming back to Loki because he grounds it more and gives Thor more of a purpose. Otherwise, you're forced to watch the guy's romance that though fluffy and harmless, doesn't have a whole lot of depth or make much sense. But, to people who don't overthink movies as much as me, I'm sure this will be a pretty smooth ride for y'all. You just might forget it in a week or two. EMILY RATING: 7/10