Movie of the Week: Thor

Of all the Marvel comic book movies, I thought Thor would be the most problematic. Instead of just dropping some fantastic circumstance into a world we’re familiar with, Thor had to explain the concept of Asgard and Norse gods. Also, it wasn’t really an origin story as Thor enters the story having already realizing his full-strength unlike Tony Stark or Peter Parker. That said, I thought they did a good job for the most part.

What I Liked:

  • The Asgard Cast: Chris Hemsworth was entertaining as the arrogant Thor. He was a physical presence as well as being very charming during the scenes on Earth. Tom Hiddleston stole the movie but that’s not surprising considering the was playing Loki. He actually made you feel for him despite his villainy. Anthony Hopkins showed up to play Odin. His scenes with Thor and Loki were some of the best of the film. Idris Elba brought more to the role of Heimdell than I was expecting. Heimdell barely has a personality in the comics and Elba brought him to life which was a tough considering Heimdell speaks in generally the same tone.
  • I thought Asgard and the Rainbow Bridge were amazingly depicted.
  • The Action: Even though there weren’t that action scenes, the ones that we did get were entertaining, particularly Thor and company confronting the Frost Giants at Jotunheim.
  • The Humor: The movie was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. I’m glad they treated Thor on Earth mostly for laughs.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The Background Story: It was a little off-putting to have the Norse gods kinda turned into aliens but it did make it more accessible.  Also, there was a lot of explaining.  For a comic book movie, there was a lot of talking but I figured this would happen with this film.
  • The Earth Cast: I didn’t not like them but they were kinda pointless. Natalie Portman (Jane Foster)…I mean…Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman was generally wasted. She wasn’t bad or annoying but she didn’t bring anything to the role. Then again, the role only called for making goo-goo eyes at Thor and talking about being an astrophysicist. The same goes for Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis) but her role was pretty much one liners about how hot and/or crazy Thor is. They did the best with what they were given but they weren’t given much.
  • Thor’s Power: I thought the effect of Thor swinging Mjolnir around looked a little silly.
  • The “Romance”: When Thor and Jane kissed, a little kid in the row behind us said “Ewww.” I felt his/her pain. It wasn’t earned really.
  • The Ending: I know Odin’s a god but that guy came out of nowhere to save Thor and (almost) Loki AND in full-armor. Did he not want to get caught on the Rainbow Bridge in his Odinsleep pajamas?

All that said, I was entertained and I’m glad Marvel has gotten this one out of the way. I can’t wait to see how The Avengers comes together.


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