This time, as well as being bigger, grander, and more expensive than the original Hunger Games, the sequel is also darker and more depressing. I guess it’s a bit like the Harry Potter franchise in that respect — as the kids grow up, the situations get more grown-up, in the worst sense. But anyway, it must be a lot easier to get all the actors back when the first movie was wildly successful, and that seems to have been the case here, since everyone who didn’t die is back.
Thor: The Dark World
So the Norse gods are still right in the middle of fighting everybody all the time, Thor is still “all muscly”, as Darcy (Kat Dennings) rightly points out, and Asgard still looks like a giant pipe organ, so all’s right with the world(s), basically. And pretty much the whole gang is back from the first Thor, and / or The Avengers, which is always nice to see in a sequel.
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