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The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. Written by
The film makes extensive use of actual Norse mythology (which the "Thor" comic was based on):
the war between the Asgardians and the Jotunns was based on the Aesir-Vanir war (the Jotunns were in fact a non-hostile/antagonistic race)
Odin's ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), who gather information in Midgard and relay it to Odin, are sitting on his throne during Thor's coronation ceremony
the symbol seen at the Weapons Vault and on Mjolnir is the triquetra, a religious symbol. Its ancestor is the valknut, a German symbol associated with Odin.
the Bifrost, originally thought of as the rainbow by the Norse, is seen as a beam of rainbow light
when Odin appears in Jotunheim, he is riding his eight-legged horse Sleipnir
a Jotun calls Thor a "little princess" - once Thor's hammer was stolen and he dressed up as a Princess to go back and retrieve it
Laufey and Thor describe Loki as mischievous and a talented liar, a homage to Loki's titles as the god of mischief and lies
Thor asks for a cat to ride - Thor's mother Frigga has her chariot pulled by two large blue cats, a gift from Thor (to be noted this could also reference the goddess Freya)
and Thor shows Jane a drawing of a crossroads with nine orbs in it - his perception and representation of Yggdrasil, a great tree around which the nine worlds are tethered, making up the universe. See more »
Thor has the ability to summon Mjölnir from distance (when it is in his possession - when he is worthy). He should have known that if he could not summon it from the town (or from any other closer location traveling towards the crater), he will not be able to take it from the crater also. See more »
Part of the closing credits is shot through the Bifrost, with the camera flying through the cosmic realm of Yggdrasil, finally ending at Asgard. At the close, the film title appears with a small lightning strike within it. See more »
Hmmm, Thor where do I begin? I have long since given up the erroneous notion that superhero movies should be true to its comic book counterparts. I also have lived long enough to see superhero titles rebooted so often that they bear no r...resemblance to their origins as told in my youth (Jane Foster is an astrophysicist stormchaser?) So, I entered Thor with absolutely no expectations. Good thing, too, because if I had any, they wouldn't have been met. First, I must agree with Sir Anthony Hopkins and state that there is far to much CGI in this film and not enough character development. There were opportunities to delve into characters and their back stories that were simply ignored.
Other problems include: Fight scenes that played out like video game ads, with actors trying to strike the right "badass" pose for the cool action shots. Annoyingly silly humor that wore thin quickly. Conflicts that were one-dimensional and built no real suspense. A forced love story. And I understand that even a god of thunder must have a character arc, and Thor's was a common one that I could have overlooked had it been better acted, and yes, better directed.
The whole movie lacked gravitas. Plain and simple.
There are some that have said it's nothing more than a two-hour preview for the upcoming Avengers movie and I can't totally disagree with that. But it is not the worst superhero movie ever made (far from it), it is simply the weakest Avengers prequel movie made to date (and yes, I'm including Iron Man 2 in that category).
Who knows? Check your brain at the door and you might just enjoy this special episode of "Donald's Creek."
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