I didn’t care for Thor (see my review). It was a movie about people I didn’t care about fighting for stakes that didn’t matter.
I’m pleased to report that Thor: The Dark World fixes its predecessor’s faults. This time around, the titular Thor is an interesting guy fighting a threatening villain over something worthy of the effort. Both hero Chris Hemsworth and nemesis Tom Hiddleston have found their groove. Villain of the Week Christopher Eccleston seems a credible threat to the universe in general and Earth in particular. Even previously misused Natalie Portman comes across as competent and capable, as opposed to just another Pauline. The action sequences pop, the jokes land, and everything hangs together.
I admit, I watched most of Thor: The Dark World while troubleshooting a technical issue with one of my gadgets, but that’s ok. This is light action entertainment, perfectly fine to play in the background while folding socks or debugging code. Let’s just forget the first outing even existed.