The effects are decent and not too obvious, a very colourful and vivid film and some good stand out moments like the Rancor type creature on Jotunheim showcasing decent CGI. The Frost Giants looked reasonable but slightly childish for me whilst the giant metallic Destroyer looked rather B-movie-ish and tacky to be honest, a bit like Gort from 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (1951). Asgard was impressive and colourful looking neat n sharp harking back to cityscape's of the new Star Wars trilogy and just as good.
I'm not up on the whole Thor comicbook plot to be honest but I admit I still found faults with things in the film, obviously Thor and his homeworld are aliens, an alien race (which are exactly the same as humans? hmm) but also somehow manage to have horses ale roast beef pork etc...in their realm too? kinda silly methinks, oh and everyone speaks English it seems.
There is nice humour throughout which is good, Thor getting accustomed to earth has good moments, but The Warriors Three felt way too farcical and lame frankly, they just came across as inept posh talking sidekicks much like C3PO from 'Star Wars', they also looked like characters from a kids cartoon which let down the rest of the quite good costumes.
You never find out about the other realms, there is no real reason for why Odin goes into a coma or sleep and the Frost Giants did seem kinda lame, uninspired and unoriginal (if they were made for the film?) with a silly name. Of course if you know the comicbook all this might be common knowledge but for myself it isn't.
Overall I liked this but lets face it it was pretty hokey really, a modern day Flash Gordon if we're being honest here, it wasn't camp but it was very very gentle and cartoony which I did suspect as Thor is a hard character to put on film I think. Its a valiant attempt but I just think it could of been better or a bit more serious and less like an action figure promotion.
Thor is one of Marvel's most revered creations - a fallen God who is banished from his kingdom of Asgard to Earth by his father Odin due to his arrogance - and "Thor" the film does a valiant job in ensuring that they do not make any major mistakes. The problem with "Thor" lies in its scale: while the battles taking place in Thor's home realm are grand and epic, on Earth he eventually has to save a small town in ... New Mexico.
Thor is inspired by Norse mythology, known as the God of Thunder, his signature being a powerful Hammer of which he is stripped of until he learns humility (very Excalibur-like down to the Hammer being stuck in a stone) - scale and grandness is implied just with his backstory, so the film is a bit of a snooze the moment he lands on Earth.
It doesn't help that the Earthlings are pretty bland, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård and Kat Dennings can't do much with the generic material they are given and the whole Government-conspiracy storyline is a bit tired. The film also has to squeeze "Avenger" references into its story with presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a glimpse of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) - so while the film works hard, it doesn't move much.
As for Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston who play central characters Thor and Loki respectively. Let's say that while Hemsworth has got the look and plays blustering blowhard really well, his line delivery and blank eyes are flat. Hiddleston, on the other hand, plays tormented Loki brilliantly. It's no surprise he'll get to reprise his performance as the central villain in "Avengers". Hiddleston doesn't take Loki over the top instead really showing the pain and torment behind his eyes.
While "Thor" doesn't soar, it does have moments in which it scores - making it a solid but forgettable entry into the comic book pantheon.
I've never been big into Thor, but I've got no problems with him either, and the mixing of mythology with comic book fun is fine by me. At first I was skeptical of Kenneth Branagh directing a big budget comic book film, especially given his resume, but when I heard he was doing Thor, I got a little less skeptical, given how the Thor source material seems not far off from Branagh's sensibilities and roots in Shakespeare. That, and it helps that Branagh admitted to having an interest in the source material at some point in his life prior to making the movie.
The film basically is a two fold story (with both parts intertwined) involving both a move for political power and control in the ethereal realm of Asgard, and the fish out of water story on Earth which sees Thor banished there and forced to seek redemption after insubordination. Not only does Thor have to regain his stripped power and learn a lesson, he's got to find a way to restore the upset balance back in his home world.
I liked the film's mix of the two things, despite that the storylines in and of themselves aren't entirely free of cliche, contrivance, or unexplained details (What exactly is going on with the Odin coma thing?). Iffiness of the script and story aside, this is a fine addition to the growing Marvel Canon, and just a fun little adventure film in its own right.
I liked that the characters were flawed and had depth to them and obstacles to deal with. I loved the art direction, costumes, and set design, especially where Asgard and Jotunheim are concerned. The special effects were pretty decent as well, and there's all kinds of great stuff to stare at and admire. The action scenes are decent, though sometimes (especially the early battle with the Frost Giants) things are a bit too dark and murky, making it hard to tell what is going on at times.
That aside, this is a good film, and things move along quite nicely. Chris Hemsworth is a perfect choice for Thor, and he brings the right amount of charisma, doubt, and confusion, and the fish out of water stuff is a joy to watch due to how well he sells it. Natalie Portman is decent as scientific researcher Jane Foster who falls in love with Thor while trying to help him and understand his situation. Stellan Skarsgard is good as Jane's colleague Dr. Erik Selvig, but it is Kat Dennings who really shines as Jane's assistant Darcy, who is wonderful in a very fun Scooby-Doo sidekick type of role. Most of the comic relief (and there's a fair amount) comes from her, and that's not a problem at all. Anthony Hopkins is epic as Odin, and Tom Hiddleston is decent as the deceitful and jealous Loki, though Renee Russo, Ray Stevenson, and Idris Elba all could have been given more to do. To make up for it though are some decent cameos, though the post credits scene, while okay, isn't near as epic as it could have been.
Overall, this is an enjoyable and decent movie, though not quite as good (I think) as Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk. Still though, it's a blast to watch, even if it falls a little short of being terrific.