Thor: The Dark World
This movie struggles to get started. It begins with characters – the Dark Elves – where it’s tough to decide which is worse: the costumes or their acting. The dialog is in a made-up language that has a hard, guttural, abrasive sound. The Elves’ home may well be a desolate realm; it looks more like a warehouse, somewhere in Los Angeles. And the Aether, their supreme energy force, looks like gallons of cheap red wine, shot in slow motion. But then we go to Asgard, where Thor and Odin and other super-heroes live, and a plot begins to take shape.