When I first heard of the superhero Thor, and the upcoming 'Thor' movie, I wasn't all too excited. I'd heard of the Norse god Thor and he wasn't really my cup of tea - I'm more of a Loki and Bragi fan, the mischievous gods who use their powers for their own personal uses and have a lot of fun doing it ... But despite this, I gave 'Thor' a go and found that I actually enjoyed it - so much so that I have been waiting, not so patiently, for the sequel to come out.
And, what a sequel ... Utterly amazing.
Plot wise, we learn that before everything there were beings called Dark Elves who wanted to turn the universe dark, but they were beaten by Odin's father (whom I can't remember the name of) and their leader ran away like a little baby. In present times, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) finds the magical weapon the Dark Elves need and they return and destroy a lot of things and kill innocent people until, kind of predictably, Thor manages to step in and save the day ... It's a lot more complicated than that, but that's the general overview.
Graphically, this film was another amazing great. It's just shock and awe images that blow you away, great monsters and ships, massive wars all perfectly detailed and, I'm pretty sure, just designed to make you go 'wow'. We see more of Asgard and the surrounding areas, we see Asgardian ships and guns, we see a lot more of the Asgardian army - then there's the other realms ... Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we see more realms - Jotunheim is seen for a small time, as well as at least three others that I have no idea the names of. This film, is bigger and better than it's predecessor and it works - not all sequels do, but it works.
Everybody who acted in this film gave it 100% as usual. Chris Hemsworth showed the more forlorn side of Thor and how much he missed his one love, we saw anger and a little bit of sadness at points. Anthony Hopkins was amazing as Odin, commanding and yet nurturing, his emotional flip after the loss of a loved one amazed me with the grief. Natalie Portman had a smaller role this time, but still she managed to act as if she was number one the whole time. Stellan Skarsgard was absolutely brilliant - I don't want to give the story away, but his insanity was one of my favourite parts ... And of course, Tom Hiddleston - I don't need to say anything about this amazing man, he was his usual amazing self.
Now ... There are two problems I have. Firstly, I mentioned above that Eric Selvig has gone insane - this is because of what Loki did to him, but why is it that only Selvig had any problems? Hawkeye went through the exact same thing and yet he acts nowhere near as mental as Selvig does. Secondly, the ending - what the hell happened?! Talk about a cliffhanger!
Overall, I think you should watch it ... I guess there's a Thor 3 coming at some point or that ending makes no sense whatsoever. I greatly look forward to it and recommend you see it as soon as possible.