BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The latest installment in the Thor movie franchise came out this weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you were there on opening night waiting with bated breath to see if Chris Hemsworth will in fact take off his shirt for more than 30 seconds. Sadly, he didn’t (15 seconds, tops). But all joking aside, I love a good comic book movie and after the success of The Avengers, I was really excited to see what Thor and Loki had been up to since we last saw them (if you need a refresher, we left Loki in custody after trying to take over the world and Thor was eating shawarma with the other Avengers).
The flick opens with a somewhat jilted Jane (Natalie Portman) in London, alongside Darcy (Kat Dennings) and their new intern Ian, where they find some sort of weird energy field and all of a sudden Jane is teleported into another world. She’s then infected by this thing called the Aether, which was formally a weapon used by this Dark Elf named Malekith, who was exiled by Asgard centuries ago. Cut to Thor cleaning up Loki’s mess once again, since after the whole New York fiasco the nine realms were at war and, at the request of Odin, Thor had to go kill some dudes with his mighty hammer and bring peace once again. Loki is thrown into Asgard’s prison for his little tantrum and naturally starts with his whole “father doesn’t love me. I’m the real heir. Blah blah blah,” speech that his family is reeeeeeally tired of hearing. However, Jane is soon in trouble and Thor may just need some help.
Truthfully, this movie was great. It had action, comedy and Chris Hemsworth (a cinematic trifecta, if you ask me). It was getting “meh” reviews, but if you’re a Marvel fan, this is right up your alley. I saw it in 3D and I’m not sure it’s worth the extra admission price (to be honest, I forgot it was in 3D until I took my glasses off at the end), but nonetheless as a stand-alone movie, a sequel and part of the Marvel universe, it totally worked and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed I spent an hour in line on Friday night to wait to see it.