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Alan Taylor, 2013

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Squatting, dogging, gurning ravers – old London warehouses have seen their share of ugly scenes but never ancient multidimensional evil. Until, that is, well-manicured boffin Kate (Natalie Portman) stumbles upon mysterious portals and is possessed by Dark Elf “ether”.

Luckily Thor (Chris Hemsworth), her errant Norse superhunk, is on hand to whisk her away to his kingdom. It’s not so much the preposterous plotting that distracts as this sequel’s tone, which lurches wildly like a man wielding an oversized sledgehammer. All too often, flip capering on Earth is put on hold for lengthy, portentous babble in mythic realms.

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