Okay so right at the beginning Jane is on a date with someone and you can only see his eyebrows, and me and my boyfriend were like "is that...?" AND IT WAS IT WAS CHRIS O'DOWD I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS GONNA BE IN IT and apparently I can recognise him just from his eyebrows
Also on the subject of unexpected cameos: Captain America turns up and Chris Evans is obviously having so much fun that I'm JUST DONE OKAY
The actual story
Okay the plot is reasonably thin and easily resolved but (as in most comic book movies) the CHARACTERS are the standout and everyone in this film is SUCH A GOOD CHARACTER. It's kinda Loki's movie really though? Lemme tell you what happened there-
-Frigga makes sure Loki's life is spared after the events of Avengers
-She visits him in his cell although actually that might have been Loki just creating an illusion of her?? It's very sad either way
-(I wish she'd had more screentime in Thor 1)
-She does some very badass fighting and then dies, which kinda sucks, but it is a pretty good death/funeral scene
-Loki is told of her death by a prison guard and then just stands up and makes the lights flicker with RAGGGE
-Anyway, Thor and Loki go to the titular Dark World to do plot things, and there's a BIG DRAMATIC PLOT TWIST where Loki stabs Thor and is all, "Ha you really trusted me nope nope nope I don't care about Frigga or you or anyone MWAHAHA' but this all turned out to be a clever illusion, which is good, because frankly Loki is a lot more interesting if he does still have a flicker of goodness/love for other people. And luckily the script agreed
-...and then he gets stabbed SAVING THOR. Which is exactly what I thought would happen, hooray for being right! Sort of. And he manages to apologise before he dies! Awwwwww. Except-
-he's not dead! There's a very short scene of someone flickering illusion-style before telling Odin that Loki's body has been found, and then at the end Thor has a conversation with Odin that ends with Odin saying something along the lines of 'yeah nice one Thor I'm proud of you' and Thor says thank you and walks away and then Odin WAS LOKI ALL ALONG! and he says 'no, thank you' in a sort of half sincere and half mocking way and then roll credits.
I DO HONESTLY WISH THEY'D KEPT HIM DEAD THOUGH? Especially since a) poor Frigga stays dead b) it's never actually explained how Loki's not dead and c) it just sort of makes a better story for him to be Actually Dead? But I suppose Loki is so popular that they're afraid to kill him off, perhaps? Well, there are much worse ways they could have done it, anyway.
GOOD GOOD EVERYONE IS GOOD JANE IS GOOD DARCY IS GOOD THEY SAVE THE WORLD WITH SCIENCE
No seriously! They do! And they have this really sweet sisterly relationship going on too. (Fun fact: the first time I saw the original Thor I actually thought Darcy was supposed to be Jane's sister.)
Sif doesn't get much to do, but they did thank god not go the love triangle route between her, Jane and Thor, hooray
Stellan Skarsgard steals literally every scene he's in, and his little mini storyline (him dealing with Loki having been in his head) was one of my favourite threads in the whole film. And Stan Lee shows up in a scene with him! I'd forgotten to look out for him but there he was.
Christopher Eccleston was perfectly fine, I was surprised at how Christopher Ecclestony he still looked under all that make-up.
There is an erotically-shot scene of Thor shirtless FOR NO REASON that I v. much appreciated, hooray for the female gaze
Is it not out in America yet??? Have we actually had two films this year before America???? What's going on but SEE IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN