By hammer of Thor!*
I have a really weird relationship with the first Thor film. The first time I saw it, I was so under-whelmed. Then I re-watched it after seeing the Avengers and fell in love with it. That rarely happens.
Admittedly Thor 2's plot is a little weird. Thousands of years ago a race of Dark Elves (complete with home invasion masks) tried to release an evil substance called "The Aether" to control the nine realms. Asgard's soldiers stopped them, but they couldn't destroy the Aether. Instead, they buried it and hoped it would never come back. Too bad poor Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) still bent out of shape by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) not returning that she ends up finding it and subsequently has it absorbed into her body. Thor returns to Earth to get her, and brings her back to Asgard. A war is starting, and Thor must reluctantly turn to his prisoner brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to help.
I fucking loved this movie. I think the visual effects were awesome, and even though Gravity is going to sweep that category at the Oscars, Thor: The Dark World will give them a run for their money. Loki stole the show for me, I thought he might. You can tell Hiddleston really loves that character and it shows in his performance. Stellan Skarsgard is the man as well. Even though he and poor Kat Dennings are basically only used as comic relief, they were pretty fucking hilarious. If there was a weak spot in this film, it was Portman. I still feel like she doesn't want to be there, and she and Hemsworth have zero chemistry, but she's by no means bad. Hell, her character practically goes all Black Swan on us a few times.
Basically, this was just another great time at the movies for me. Sure this film had some obvious problems, but sometimes the fun just overtakes the technical aspect of it. Plus this film had the best Avengers cross-over cameo of all the Marvel films.
Memorable Quote: "Trust my rage." - Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
*I couldn't help myself, there was an Anchorman 2 trailer attached to this film. I loved it.