This is going to sound harsh, but the biggest problem with “Thor: The Dark World” is the film’s story. It’s recycled (crazy portals being opened in the sky – “The Avengers”) and redundant (an ancient race seeking a powerful weapon from the Asgardians – the first “Thor” movie). The film gets off to a rough start, too, with tedious exposition, and things didn’t get any better from there. To even try to explain the main villain’s motivation for wanting to find whatever evil doohickey he was after is completely frivolous and senseless. Christopher Eccleston’s talents are completely wasted as the film’s main villain and, as I mentioned earlier, Marvel’s lack of success at producing memorable villains continues.
At the end of the day “Thor: The Dark World is a (mostly) fun film.” While its sitcom antics and adherence to the Marvel blueprint is tiring, it’s still a watchable blockbuster. Final grade: C+.