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Being a fan of the Marvel comic book movies, I really liked Iron Man and Captain America, I was sure that I would like "Thor". I can now add "Thor" to the list of favorite comic-book films. I like how in "Thor" they use the Norse mythology but they put a cool twist to it. Another thing, Chris Hemsworth(Thor) is totally gorgeous!! I am also a fan of Anthony Hopkins and I thought he did a great job in this movie. The graphics are also AMAZING in this movie!! I love the way they made Asgard look,absolutely breathtaking!! I highly recommend "Thor" if you are a fan of the Marvel comics. Now I can't wait to see "The Avengers"!!!
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of
the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth,
where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
I have enjoyed Thor as a supporting and humorous character in the past -- both in "Adventures in Babysitting" and one of the early Hulk movies. But I was never convinced he could be the leading character... his story is a strange one outside of Norse mythology.
But here, I think it worked. For me, the biggest concern is how do you reconcile Thor being a god with the other gods of the world? For Christians, there is only one god, so calling Thor a god calls everything into question (in the Marvel Universe). But they made it work here by strongly suggesting he is not, in fact, a god, but was merely seen as one by the old Norse people because his strength was so superior to theirs. Nice save.
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When I first watched this film, I hated every minute of it. The story
is full of clichés, the main character is unlikable and the
mythological figures are distorted almost to the point of being
I re-watched the film a while ago after having seen the knockoff "Almighty Thor" and it was then that I realized how bad this film could have been but wasn't.
I realized that this film isn't actually that bad. The portrayal of Asgard and its inhabitants - you can call it distorting or you can call it original. Sure, giving the goddess Sif, whose golden hair symbolizes ripe wheat, *dark hair* (that's the colour of mouldy wheat, FYI) isn't exactly a touch of genius. Transforming the god of fire into an ice giant is more than a stretch as well. And the way they presented the giants was just lazy. Why should beings intelligent enough to seriously threaten the gods live in a kind of rubbish dumb surrounded by debris? But on the other hand, Asgard really did look pretty epic. I can't get over the electric rainbow bridge, but other than that it was really beautiful. And most of the gods looked a lot like I had always imagined them, especially Frigg was spot on. Heimdallr being black and Thor having a Japanese friend didn't bother me at all. I mean, why not? Lots of mythologies have gods with animal heads, a different skin colour is ordinary in comparison. Gods don't have to look like the people who believe in them. Asgard having more ethnic diversity than Midgard was strange, but that was a fault of the Midgard arc, not the other one.
The part of the story that took place in Mdgard was what dragged the film down anyway. I didn't care for any of the human characters and I thought Thor became very unlikable as soon as he lost his hammer. Maybe that's a hidden superpower of his weapon. In contrast, I liked Loki a lot... but not in a good way. He didn't come across as a real villain at all. He didn't seem evil and menacing, he just seemed smart, lonely and under-appreciated. My impulse wasn't to be wary but to want to hug him. From what I hear, he'll be the big baddie in the upcoming Avengers movie - he'd better be a little less relateable there because this kind of villain makes the protagonists come across as cruel. I'm used to rooting for the villain but I have rarely felt so sympathetic towards one.
All in all, this actually is an engaging movie, if not a very smart one. It looks good, it is well acted and it has its moments. 5 out of 10 stars.
"I never wanted the throne, I only ever wanted to be your equal!"
Marvel: Phase One is hurtling along the Bifrost (Norse Rainbow Road) at break-neck speed towards the eagerly awaited Avengers Assemble. Hold on a second though, as we're still missing a character: the God of Thunder, Thor son of Odin. With Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk's backgrounds already covered, Thor was the final major Avenger to appear on screen, and, similar to Black Widow's incorporation into Iron Man 2, we are introduced to the complete Avengers line-up by the end of Thor, as Clint Barton (Hawkeye) features in a small role as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Onto the small task of giving Thor a strong foothold then; Kenneth Branagh was arguably given the most arduous pre-Avenger movie to direct, having to create a story spanning across several worlds. Whilst it doesn't stand up to Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor is a decent enough film in its own right, greatly helped along the way by a strong cast.
Having disobeyed his father, King Odin (Hopkins), Thor (Hemsworth) is banished to Earth from his home realm of Asgard on war-mongering treason counts. Little brother Loki (Hiddlestone) becomes the de-facto heir to the throne. Whilst Thor tries to adjust to his human body and lifestyle, he meets an enchanting young scientist, Jane Foster (Portman), and gradually learns to quell his rash judgemental character. However, Loki has been secretly spinning a web to ensnare his extremely gullible blonde-haired brother, hatching a plot to wreak chaos wherever he possibly can.
Positives first: Kenneth Branagh did a very good job directing this film. He successfully got the best he could out of his actors. Hemsworth is commanding, loud, and has a perfect grasp of the term "fool-hardy". He shares a workable chemistry with Portman (some awkward moments, but nothing drastic), and plays extremely well off of the brilliant Hiddlestone. The two on screen brothers have an essence of polar opposition; one a devious, sincere and resolute thinker with patience in abundance, the other a foolish, brutalising warrior with a thirst for blood and glory. I'd like to have seen more of their relationship explored though, especially with their father. The supporting cast are also largely accomplished, Skarsgard, Hopkins and Elba in particular. Unfortunately I have to harshly critique both the character of Darcy and her portrayer, Kat Dennings. Pointless. She should never have been written into the film in the first place and genuinely ruined every scene she was in by being generally annoying and interrupting of any positivity taking place. Thor's crew were also fairly weak, and were merely there to serve a purpose of providing him an ally, nothing more, nothing less.
Storywise, Thor started very strongly; the mythical Lord of the Rings feel to the opening, and the exploration of Asgardian culture was all excellent, the visuals are mind-boggling to boot. The tone suggested at this point that Thor would be a sincere epic, detached from the general quirky Marvel superhero film feel. Enter Earth, and things change drastically. A let down at first, Thor's experiences on Earth are rife with comic relief, less in-your-face than Iron Man, but also less natural to the script. However, as the story develops, you begin to appreciate the change in tone between the two worlds as a representation of cultural differences. Branagh handles directing this complicated matter competently, but the story jumps around a bit too much to allow you to do the same (something I would suggest had something to do with the large number of writers). Along with a few questionable plot points (Loki knowing what Earthlings wear when he manifests himself onto the planet, Thor's regaining his powers from his comatose father's tear), the ending was fairly weak. Loki was beaten far too easily, and his story wasn't concluded properly, undeserving after a strong performance. The whole thing also felt a little rushed, possibly because the premise was to introduce Thor's background and set up his place in Avengers Assemble.
Thor is a mixed bag with regard to music. Asgard is littered with grandiose and majestic passages of music that would grace much more artistic films, and are befitting of the fantastic CGI scenery they are accompanying. However, Patrick Doyle is forced to work with the jagged tone of the film, and had to sacrifice building on the epic Asgardian themes for something more fitting with a general superhero score on planet Earth: piano for the romantic moments, standard percussion heavy action music for combat scenes, and so on.
Overall, Thor is an enjoyable film. You're not going to watch it if you're looking for something you have to immerse yourself within. It plays out exactly as a standard popcorn movie does: good guy versus bad guy, pretty, independent girl who suddenly is overcome by burly protagonist's masculinity etc. Where Thor excels beyond mediocrity is through its strong cast (Hiddlestone in particular), unbelievably stunning visuals (Asgard just blew me away) and a lack of reliance on action scenes to fill out the running time. It does, however, suffer from distinct changes in tone and disjointed plot elements, and a feeling of being three quarters finished due to the big rush towards Avengers Assemble.
Visually striking, generally well-directed, competently performed super-hero epic made with state of the art CGI effects. Norse mythology via Marvel comics and Stan Lee are brought to life here. While not your typical Marvel comic "epic" - Thor spends most of its time in the world of Thor, Odin, Loke, and Frost Giants - a banished race. The story was inventive and conceived imaginatively. Anthony Hopkins does a great job playing Odin and relative newcomer Chris Hemsworth makes an appealing Thor, even an affable one for guys as well as girls. The rest of the cast was judiciously cast. As Loki, the villain of the film, Tom Hiddleston stands out. Beautiful Natalie Portman plays the female love-interest. Veteran, and a good character actor, Stellan Skarsgard plays a pivotal role as well. i liked really most of what I saw. Director Kenneth Branagh does a serviceable job with the material - and adds some class to this Marvel addition. you are given clues throughout that The Avengers is on its way.
If you are looking for a wall to wall action film, you will be
disappointed with Thor. Not that there were not action scenes, but,
they are few and do not take up much film time.
If you are looking for a Spiderman-like romance angle for the main character, you have also come to the wrong place. The reason for this, and much of the reason why the film didn't work for me, can be summed up in two words: Natalie Portman. My guess is she took the film for money. She seemed like an actress who showed up on set simply to recite her lines. You can get better acting from a tree stump. Thus, it is difficult to believe that the super hero, no matter how great a nature worshiper he may be, could fall in love with a tree stump. I would have been much happier to see Thor's love interest played by a complete unknown. This would have worked.
The story is slow to develop as much time is taken to set the scene. Eventually, the action moves to earth and it is here that the film livens up. Personally, I wish the entire movie took place on earth. I dreaded returning to the dull life on Asgard. On the other hand, the special effects for this realm are really quite good.
Certainly, the highlight of the film was the acting by Chris Hemsworth. He played the confused, serious, laughable hero angle to perfection. It's too bad he had to work with Portman. Better luck next time.
This movie was juvenile, poorly written, and idiotic. Written to appeal
to the lowest common denominator of humor and action.
Throughout the film you are treated to incredibly dry action sequences of "punch this" "block this" "hammer that", and duologue that begs oneself to roll your eyes at the punch lines and scoff at the mechanical delivery of conversation. You can literally watch Natalie Portman die on the inside as she realizes what a mistake she made to accept the role...
THOUGH there was one funny line which SHONE above the rest of the movie: "This mortal form grows weak. I require sustenance!" I found it quite humorous, but then realized that the only reason I was laughing was because it caught me off guard since EVERYTHING ELSE was poorly delivered/written.
-.- So bad... I love me some super hero movies, but this movie and Green lantern are nearly at the same level of tripe... (Green lantern was just... bad... but thor was just... bad and stupid. Maybe green lantern was a smidge better then? Doesn't say much though)
Similarly to Sir Anthony Hopkins, I spent almost all the 120 minutes in coma. Digital editing is so cheap, I have no idea how they managed to attract actual actors to a movie that may scare the hell out of children below the age of 4, but would clearly be a laughing stock to anyone above that age. The actor who makes a poor attempt to 'play' his role must be attractive to people with a room temperature IQ. Really funny stuff include his huge shiny hammer of a dumb name and all his friends of no character. There is no story development of any kind. Believe it or not, this is not the worst movie of the year, but the worst I have ever seen.
Alright, back when this was into preproduction, I (and so many comic
book fans) were surprised when Branagh was slated to direct. Here we
have Thor the god of lightning and his mighty hammer, directed by a man
who works mostly around William Shakespeare plays.
Thankfully, this helps. A lot.
Almost every superhero movie (Marvel, lately) focuses on more action instead of character development. Sure, they may look awesome, but you get used to it. Branagh bravely steers away from this predicament and directs the actors with such skill and flair you may mistake this film for yet another Branagh/Shakespeare costume epic.
Make no mistake this is still a superhero film, with some nice special effects and a stylish production design for Asgard, but there's a nice human twist to the story - that of dueling brothers, or gods, or god- brothers... you get the idea. Chris Hemsworth looks just about right for the part and shows some charisma as well as the hero. Branagh has assembled an interesting mix of actors - we have the great Anthony Hopkins, the cute Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba and even Rene Russo. Tom Hiddleston however steals the scene as the mischievous brother Loki.
Here's another good thing about the movie - the story and acting outweigh the special effects and action sequences. For a superhero film, this is extremely rare. Branagh deserves kudos for the effort, however some parts do not gel in nicely and there's some action bits that are not too well-filmed.
All is forgiven though - "Thor" is an above-average superhero movie, not extremely exciting, but definitely intriguing. Fans of both comic book films and costume dramas will certainly enjoy this.
Two words of caution - one, keep an eye out for some cameos, both during and after the film. Two, for goodness sake do not watch it in 3D. I saw it in normal 2D and that's fine enough by me. I didn't see anything worth watching in 3D in it.
Overall rating: 68/100
To paraphrase wisdom from Talmud: 'Without the ability to forget, man
would live in a permanent, paralyzing fear of death.'
I am grateful human being can forget. If not, I would have paralyzing fear of watching another movie, ever again, scared that it might be as bad as this one. Which is probably impossible, but anyway...I am an optimist here...or pessimist, not sure...
If I wasn't clear enough: the movie is bad. If you want to watch super hero movie with (as Thor now has) 7.3 stars, go watch Bolt. Bolt will make you smile, at least.
IMDb wants the reviews to be 10 lines at least, so I must write some more. Here it comes:
Actors: 1) Thor guy was actually pretty good. I was surprised to see him decently convincing in different moods, but the script didn't give him a chance. 2) Natalie Portman - I mean, I love her, really I do, but this was ridiculous. 3) Stellan Skarsgård I liked him. Not sure anymore. 4) Sir Anthony he is a great guy, really. In this movie? Well
To be fair to the actors, screenplay was catastrophic. I guess no one could survive this one.
Kenneth Branagh was the director. I stopped liking that guy after he broke up with Emma Thompson. This movie was just a confirmation that I wasn't wrong.
Good luck and don't watch this. Go ride a bicycle. Or rent some good movie.
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