Thor: The Dark World is the most fun I've had in a superhero movie since The Hulk smashed the living daylights out of Loki in The Avengers. Beaming with juvenile wit clearly inspired from Joss Whedon, and the welcome presence of Kat Dennings who now channels her 2 Broke Girls character the entire time - this new installment of Thor takes most of the battle to the beautifully rendered CGI worlds. Visually, this is quite a departure from the mundane setting of the first installment.
While Kenneth Branagh’s introduction to Thor was mostly drab, Thor: The Dark World seems to up the notch a bit in all aspects, offering so much that the audience can love. There's the charmingly evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who has crafted one of the most cunning villains in recent history, the eternal God-like presence of Anthony Hopkins, the kick-ass duel between the dark elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and Asgardian queen Frigga (Rene Russo), Natalie Portman who is more than adequate even when she recites the most suspicious sounding scientific blah, and of course Chris Hemsworth and the divine trinity: Chris Hemsworth's abs, Chris Hemsworth's pectorals and Chris Hemsworth's biceps.
Armed with panache and boyish charm, The Dark World is mostly impressive because this is based on one of the most boring of Marvel characters (second only to Captain America but that one is consistently bad even in the movie). While it has its share of flaws, the film understands that a superhero movie (that isn't batman or the X-Men) has to be fun so it loads up on humor and charisma while at the same time earning the right to occupy practically all cinemas in the Metro right now.