Movies Seen: Thor

Thor - God of Six Pack Abs.

I’ve been stoked for Thor ever since seeing the end-of-credits tidbit in Iron Man 2! Oh, and speaking of end-of-credit tidbits, if you see Thor, be sure to stick around until after the credits for a tip off of what’s next in the Marvel ‘verse.

Overall, Thor was a solid comic book action movie—nothing as grand as the Iron Man movies or first Spider Man movies, etc. But nothing as awful as Daredevil, Catwoman, Electra, etc.

D wanted to give it 3.5 stars out of 5, I was a little less generous and settled on a 3.

Best:

  • Thor – played by Chris Hemsworth. Totally over the top and ridiculous at points, but to be fair, that’s what you have to expect from a golden Norse prince-god. Was I the only one catching hints of Ron Burgundy? And as I’m on a Red Dwarf kick, Ace Rimmer?
  • Loki – played by Tom Hiddleston. Where Hemsworth was over the top, Hiddleston played his character with subtly and reservation, leaving you sometimes scratching your head as to what his motivations are. [[SPOILER]] Which makes for a great change from the usual “bad guys” in the superhero genre. [[END SPOILER]]
  • Colm Feore as the Ice Giant King! I didn’t realize until I saw his name in the credits and got home and looked it up. But anything Feore is a-okay with me.
  • The whole Asgard cast and kingdom. Epic, magnificent feel to the place and characters.  I hope the awesome that is Idris Elba and Tadanobu Asano give racists a heart attack.

Worst:

  • The 3D (which I saw it in). It felt tacked on, and muddied up a lot of the action scenes for me. If the purpose of 3D is to make one feel like one is in the midst of a scene, it was an utter fail. It was especially a disappointment when I think of what could have been done with the whole of Asgard to play around in.
  • The plot is, unfortunately, quite predictable. It’s a giant superhero trope. [[SPOILER!!]] When you say in the first 10 minutes that the two brothers will both want the throne, and one of the brothers is Thor—it’s quite obvious who the bad guy is going to be for the movie. The rest of the movie is spent wondering when other characters catch on.[[END SPOILER]]
  • The whole romance between Thor and Natalie Portman’s character was pretty “blah.” Portman’s character seemed like she would be interesting – if only given more agency. I did appreciate the female characters above and beyond the required love interest for the main character (ie.Darcy & Sif).

If you’ve seen Thor, what did you like/not like about it?

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