Thor’s second solo adventure (third in total with “The Avengers“) forces the audience to run an obstacle before the fun kicks in. The end result is an enjoyable but easily forgettable ride, because the story never really takes hold. It’s far from being a bad movie, but it’s not as good as it ought to be, given all the talent involved. First you need to get past the look of it. The 3D is so well done that you can almost see everything fake about it. Second there’s the length of it. The 120 minutes of screen time are not enough, since the first 45 minutes of the movie are just talk. Chris Hemsworth was basically a newcomer when the first film was released, so in a way, the element of surprise is gone now. “The Dark World” assumes that we already know what happened before, so after a brief prologue that establishes Thor’s new enemy, the movie opens with Loki standing trial in Asgard for all the bad things he did in “The Avengers” (that was fun though). Meanwhile, Natalie Portman is still doing astrophysics on earth and waiting for her lover (that would be Thor just in case) to come back,. But then she accidentally enters another dimension and has this glowing material called the Aether enter her body. You know the rest. You really do. That being said, the movie has its virtues and is actually quite entertaining to watch. Credits go to Loki, again performed by the amazing Tom Hiddleston, who steals every scene he appears in. Thor may be dealing with a brand new villain, but the core of this sequel is the relationship between him and his brother Loki. They both turn “The Dark World” into everything you wished for: a superhero film with a heart. Too bad it takes the movie so damn long to get there.