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When I heard they were making a movie of the character Thor I had
serious trepidations. When I heard that Kenneth Branagh was directing
it I had even more trepidation not due to the fact that it was Branagh
but the fact that all he's ever directed was drama's.
Going into the theater I very low expectations from this film and man was I blown away. I like the fact that Branagh didn't approach the story as a super-hero film but more of a Shakespearing epic. The fantasy elements alone were marvelous.
Anthony Hopkins IS Odin...I cannot imaging another actor portraying him. His performance as Odin captures the essence of the character and the delicate balance of ruler verses father. He exudes power with subtle touches of vulnerability.
Chris Hemsworth is outstanding as Thor. He's got such a likability about him that even at Thor's most arrogant point in the story you can see how his friends stand by him. His performance is rock solid and extremely enjoyable.
Tom Hiddleston is THE perfect Loki. He's captured the sleazy, slimy, be nice to your face but looking for a place to drive the knife in your back nature of the character.
As I had stated earlier the story plays out as more of a fantasy epic than a dyed in the wool super-hero story. The journey into Jotenheim was stunning and Asgard itself was just beautiful to behold. The set designs were excellent. The humor in the film was very organic and never seemed forced. The story itself was very well balanced and didn't leave you wondering what the heck was going on. I almost wish they'd have kept it separate from the upcoming Marvel films. It works very well as a stand alone epic.
The effect's that I was expecting to be sub-standard were in fact top notch and even Thors trademark spinning hammer from the comics didn't look as cheesy as it could have.
This movie is a gem. All parties involved should be proud of themselves for bringing such a great piece of work to the screen. I for one cannot wait to see a sequel to this film. With any luck we'll see some of the other nine realms such as Muspelheim, Alfheim or even Vanaheim.
This is definitely a MUST SEE film
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I have to admit, i had low expectations for this adaptation. Hulk yeah
sure, Iron man, why not, Captain America, its set in the real word of
course it'll work. But THOR? A wildly fantastical tale of Norse Gods
and Rainbow bridges and nicknamed hammers ?? Surely not! Ill stop with
the bashing; this film is astonishing. The oddest thing has happened
here. Coupling notoriously artsy director Kenneth Branagh with one of
Marvels most theatrical characters was a stroke of genius. At the
beginning of the film, we are quickly introduced to Jane Foster, her
whimsical offsider and an older gentleman. Storm chasers aren't
normally this clever you might think to yourself during this opening
scene, but alas, they are revealed to actually be physicists after a
few minutes. An incredible storm arrives and THOR HAS LANDED: or so you
would think. Mere moments after being introduced to our title character
we are thrust on an astrological journey to Asgard, land of gods. Here
we are introduced to Odin, the all father and his 2 young boys; Loki
and Thor. Odin recites stories of an ancient war in which a planet load
of frost giants planned to destroy the realm of Midgard (earth) before
Odin and his merry men stepped in to save humanity. It is during this
scene we are first shown Thor's arrogance and thirst for war. Skip
ahead a few years and THOR has become Asgard's mightiest warrior, just
as Odin had foretold. A celebration is occurring, Thor is about to be
crowned as king of Asgard, but alas... this glorious day is interrupted
by none other than said FrostGiants attempting to steal a stolen
heirloom from Asgard's weapons locker.. The story rapidly gains
traction from here. Thor marches into the Frost Giants planet (against
his fathers will) in all his Aussie glory, kicking ass and taking
names. He and his friends become swiftly over powered and Odin is left
no choice but to step in. An argument erupts in which Odin tells Thor
of his assholness and douchebaggery and that he is no longer worthy of
his giant hammer Mjolnir or his god of Thunder status. Cast down to
Earth the audience is reunited with the opening scene and we are
officially filled in. A bevy of comedic scenes follow in which Chris
hemsworth's THOR is tranquillised and run over multiple times. The film
transitions backwards and forwards between our world and that of Asgard
so as to keep us informed on going ons. Odin goes into a coma and
Thor's mischievous bro Loki starts to come into his own. A marvellous
story unfolds filled with action, humour, heartache and a whole heap of
awesome!! Branagh's eye for curious shots is on full show here and
works fabulously in creating a beautifully surreal Asgard. The films
close is a little rushed but is also very heartfelt and strong. Leaving
plenty of room for more character development, THOR is as good as if
not better than every comic film to date, the characters were superbly
cast and played and the story follows as close as it can to the source
material as it can without being too over the top. Spectacularly fun
movie, worthy of the Marvel name tag and certainly a sequel. 10 out of
10 for performance and entertainment....
Make sure to stay after the credits for the Captain America nod.
In 965 D.C., in Tornsberg, Norway, the Frost Giants from Jotunheim led
by King Laufey (Colm Feore) attack the locals, and the Allfather Odin
(Anthony Hopkins) and the warriors of Asgard protect the humans and win
the battle against the invaders. They take their source of power and
bring it to Asgard and they start an armistice with Jotunheim.
When three Frost Giants break in Asgard trying to retrieve their source of power, they are destroyed by the Destroyer. The arrogant Thor (Chris Hemsworth) decides to attack Jotunheim with his stepbrother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and four Asgardian warriors and disobeys the order of his father Odin. In order to avoid war against Jotunheim, Odin removes the powers of Thor and exiles him on Earth to live among the humans. Odin also throws his hammer Mjölnir to New Mexico and orders that only the one that is worth will get the powerful hammer and achieve Thor's powers.
In Puente Antigo, New Mexico, the physician Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is researching a phenomenon in the desert with her professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and her mate Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). Out of the blue, Thor is hit by Jane's truck and she takes him to the hospital. Thor unsuccessfully tries to retrieve Mjölnir that is protected by agents of the government SHIELD. When the Machiavellian Loki sends the Destroyer to Earth to kill Thor, he needs to retrieve his hammer to save not only the humans, but also his Allfather Odin and Asgard from the evil Loki.
"Thor" is an entertaining adventure based on the character of the comic book published by Marvel Comics. Natalie Portman is usually the synonym of a good movie and she is delightful in the role of a scientist. The plot is funny and the scenes with the human Thor; the Nordic black gatekeeper Heimdall (Idris Elba); and the Vikings and Gods speaking in English are hilarious. The special effects are top-notch and the viewer may bring the popcorn and delight with a pleasant family entertainment. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Thor"
And neither do I. This movie is not a movie it is a bad joke played on Marvel comic book fans. The idea being to put in lots of explosions and CGI and they will come and "they" will praise it. Regardless of how bad the story is. At what point do people STOP spending their money on silliness and demand an intelligent story. Fortunately for me, I saw this movie for free. Thank God! As quoted by Thor in this abominable movie: "For the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do". As bad as this movie is, I can understand why. At this point, I have been told that I do not have the 10 lines required to comment about this movie. So let me repeat once again, this movie is bad, bad, bad! And not in a good way.
Why aren't there any fans working for this movie?! I saw this movie with my brother. We are two fans of comic-book heroes. I admit I went to the movie thinking "Why did they not cast that viking from 13th Warrior?", "Why are they going for the cute guy instead of making Thor really scary and north like?!". The reason: Hollywood is getting stupider with every film. No more suspense, no more nothing. Money, money, money.... See this movie once and then never again. The acting is awful, Natalie Portman is done making good movies and I feel so bad that Anthony Hopkins really involved his name in this movie. P.S.: Thor's hammer looks like it's made of plastic, same as Green Goblins plastic outfit from Spider Man 1.
Another outstanding effort, Marvel does it again! It's hard to believe
that a movie with this subject matter can make you think and challenge
all your movie viewing skills but it does so and more. It's very
artistic and you would expect no less from Kenneth Branagh. He presents
the entire film in a way that can be savored. Many aspects are
classical drama and yet other aspects are just plain old fun kick-butt
action scenes. It's a perfect blend and this movie is far deeper then I
would've thought. The pacing was perfect as is the link to the Marvel
movie Universe... I can't wait to see what Captain America brings us.
Overall, a summer movie that's superior to everything else that I've
seen in years.
The director's background in Shakespearian themes comes in to play right from the beginning of the film and run throughout. Thor is a super-strong "god" and can travel through space with supernatural powers yet the story is paradoxical and contrary about those elements instead choosing to focus on the human elements. THAT elevates this film far beyond anything I was expecting but I should have known better considering the source material and the director.
The genuine and relatable qualities of these characters are what make it a great film. Sure, the action and fantasy are incredible but the story works so well. The family dynamics between fathers & sons along with sibling rivalry and the price of vanity and lack of humility all resonate. The choices made and the relationships on display are as wonderful as the brawling and action... which are as good as any summer movie that I've seen in years.
First of all, after seeing both, I'd recommend you watch this movie in 2D. It is one of the worst comic book adaptations I've ever seen. All the fight scenes happened to fast and you could barely see it if you watch it in 3D, all the female characters are portrayed as useless idiots and if you haven't read the comic book this movie will not make any sense. Just don't waste your money. It has ruined my childhood. The plot was strung together very loosely as well. Don't get me wrong, some of the acting was very good. For example, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddlestone really brought this screen to life when they were given time behind Chris Hemsworth and his horribly cheesy acting. The directors could have done so much better. I guess that's what happens when you sell your soul to Disney (Marvel was sold to Disney). What a shame
This film was an amalgamation of every "superhero" cliché from start to
finish. It did absolutely nothing for me or my girlfriend. Seems like a
script by committee situation. An artless product by all accounts.
The only redeeming quality was the lead actor. Despite having a strong cast and a respected director, the film delivered Hollywood triteness at its worst.
I'm not sure why Hollywood penguins insist on making products terrible. No matter how many trend data sheets they sift through, a good story is not a sum of popular topics or a mix-and-match of proved techniques. A good story has a voice of its own and this had none. Branagh obviously didn't fight hard enough to get anything valuable here. It shows no effort. As I said, artless.
I only speak so harshly here because in 2011 there's no excuse to spend 150mill and this is your end product.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Having just seen the global premiere of Thor - God of Thunder, in Sydney Australia, all I can say is ....wow! Don't worry readers I am not about to give away one single spoiler, however after some time and anticipation, Thor is a winner. Australian Chris Hemsworth graced the red carpet in all his native glory, talking up the film and his future entity in The Avengers. He was joined by Shakespeare aficionado Director Kenneth Brangh and co stars Jamie Alexander & Tom Hiddleston who plays crowd favourite Loki. Thor is a good movie, plenty of action, a lovely heroine (Natalie Portman) and some interesting sidekicks. Costumes rock, not to mention the obligatory Marvel characters making significant cameos, not just the extra scene after the credits, but within the film itself. I was a little over superhero movies recently but this is not to be missed.
This film was one of the most tedious experiences of my life. I enjoy a
good cheesy action film like the next guy and was genuinely looking
forward to a mindless 90 minutes of fun. What I actually experienced
was self important, overly buff, lord of the rings reject extras
spouting some of the worst lines in film history. How Natalie Portman,
let alone Stellen Skarsgard, got roped into this I will never know.
Repetitive actions scenes, awful editing that cut the middle of
conversations and light humour from Thors friends (puke) and the
terrible Kat Dennings made for a challenging viewing experience all
round. Where Iron Man went so right with its self depricating humour
and quick wit Thor has languid scenes, flacid romance and wooden
The picture lacks a decent development of storyline and character which is always difficult when introducing a character with a deep backstory but it has been done so well recently with Batman Begins et al. There is a definite smell of studio meddling in the final cut with some scenes jumping all over the place. Loki (Tom Hiddleson) changes from loyal brother/Son to evil traitor with no story or character development. Anthony Hopkins spends most of the film in a coma. Chris Hemsworth can't be to blame for a film which seems over produced, over edited and that was marketed as Return of the King but was more Masters of the Universe. The decision to assign 'Ice Giants' (yes Ice Giants) as 'baddies' falls flat as they are about as scary and menacing as frosty the snowman.
The whole project felt a thin and is so poorly put together you could see it unravel before your eyes. Fingers crossed for a better Summer Blockbuster in the near future...
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