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Posted on 5/09/11 07:14 AM
Thor is the latest summer blockbuster from Marvel Studios. The movie follows the titular character, who is the son of Odin All-Father, the king of the mystical realm of Asgard. While very powerful, he is also arrogant. After his reckless actions re-incite an ancient war with the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, Odin banishes Thor to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. However, when the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces at him, Thor must learn what it means to be a true hero.
I will go ahead and say that Thor has to be the most fantastical of the recent Marvel adaptations, but I guess that's to be expected when you are adapting a super hero straight from Norse Mythology (my favorite mythology by the way). The imagery of Asgard and the armor and weapons are exaggerated, but not to the point of being laughable. I was amazed that the costume people actually managed to make Loki's horned outfit actually look pretty cool, and I will say that Heimdall just looked bad-ass.
The acting in Thor was not that bad either. Chris Hemsworth does a good job as the God of Thunder, but at the beginning, Thor comes off as kind of a dick. It might have been the writing, so I won't hold that against him too much. Tom Hiddleston was probably my favorite performance in the film as Loki. He made Loki into a sympathetic, calculating, and clever villain. Hell, at points, I felt more for him than I did for Thor. Anthony Hopkins is also perfect as the King of Asgard Odin. He gives a performance that shows Odin's strength as well as his wisdom and compassion. The only performance I didn't like was Natalie Portman's. She is decent enough, but seems to be phoning it in.
What really surprised me about this film was who directed it, Kenneth Branagh. I still have trouble wrapping my brain around that fact. Branagh is known for directing (and acting) in works adapted from Shakespeare (like Hamlet, Henry V, and Much Ado About Nothing). I personally find it strange to think he directed this film. However, when I look at the scenes between Loki and Odin, I will say the connection starts to make sense.
The only real problem this film has is it's story. Don't get me wrong, it's a well-constructed story, but the Earth scenes tended to be somewhat dull for the most part. Pretty much all the stuff on Asgard and Jotunheim was well down, but when we arrived on Earth, things took a much slower pace. The only times the Earth stuff is pretty fun to watch was when Thor was breaking into the S.H.I.E.L.D. camp to retrieve his hammer, and when the automaton came to earth to kill him. The scene at the camp was actually probably my favorite one in the entire movie, but only because it introduced us to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
All in all, Thor was a pretty decent movie. Besides some story issues (and a couple of problems with changing things from the original Norse mythology), it is at least worth seeing just to get you pumped for 2012's The Avengers.