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Bettie's Box Office:THOR:The Dark World Review

Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 07:17 AM CST

It's time to get hammered, again. Chris Hemsworth is back and buff in Thor:The Dark World.

The last time we saw him, Thor promised his Earthly girlfriend, Jane (Natalie Portman), that their relationship wasn't over and he'd be back. First things first, he had to destroy the portal to his world in order to defeat the Frost Giants.

Fast-forward two years (about the amount of time since the last movie) and the "convergence of the 9 realms" has re-opened some of the doors. Jane wanders through the wrong one and finds herself possessed by a power long thought to be vanquished and pursued by a race long thought to be extinct. Thor's only hope is to form an uneasy alliance with the brother who betrayed him and all of Asgard.

Most of this movie takes place on planets other than Earth and has a much more sci-fi fantasy feel - kind of like Star Wars meets Game of Thrones. The computer generated effects are impressive but the battle scenes tend to drag in a few places.

The entire original cast is back, including Anthony Hopkins as King Odin and scene-stealing Tom Hiddleston as Loki, bringing a good blend of humor and the-universe-depends-on-it action. The film also gives a very funny nod to its Avengers connection (you'll know it when you see it).

Thor: The Dark World is a worthy sequel. Fans will probably be split as to whether it is better than the first film. I'd say, since you're already paying extra for 3D, save a few bucks and catch a matinee. It will be a fun two hours.

Thor: The Dark World opens November 8 and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some suggestive content.


Bettie's Box Office:THOR:The Dark World Review

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