THIS IS IT! For every Marvel geek out there ( and If I offended anyone using the word geek, I mean that lightly) that’s been waiting for this since that scene in Iron Man and it’s about damn time. By now, I pretty sure that most of you seen the movie already but for the folks out there that are still on the fence about seeing it, don’t worry, I’m here to tell you that it’s alright to swing your hammer with pride….if you can take the movie with a grain of salt, mind you.
THE MIGHTY THOR
Like I said before, this is a Marvel movie and ever sense the post-credits scene in Iron Man, the comic book company that could has been tying everything together for the 2012 release of The Avengers in what they like they like to call the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Last movie that did that was Iron Man 2 when SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg, which they give a bigger role in this one) was sent to New Mexico where the last thing to be seen was Thor’s hammer, Mjolnr, and the sound of a lightning bolt. Guess that’s a spoiler if you didn’t know that. Oh well.
The plot is this: Thor (played by Chris Hensworth, who nailed it) is the son of Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) who, after disobeying his father and King of a trues he held with Frost Giants, is exiled to our world without his powers where he is found by an astrophysicists by the name of Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman), assistant (played by Kat Dennings) and mentor (played by Stellen Skarsgard) out in the out skirts of New Mexico after seeing a mini-tornado touch down. Thor is stuck there until he has proven worthy of holding his hammer again and to take his place in Asgard once again. Pretty much, if you seen a movie where the spoil rich kid is suddenly out of cash because his father cuts him off and he has to learn the error of his way in order to get said money but he learns a lesson because of it, the movie is pretty much that but with magic and action.
That’s not to say the movie isn’t good because it is. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor brings what you expect to happen in the movie if you read some of the comics or know at least the back story of comics at least. Everything feels like a comic book come to life down to last scene. Even some of the angles that were in the movie felt like it could have been a still from the comic, which I might add is a nice touch. Asgard looks beautiful in all it’s CGI/Live action set glory and I wonder who keeps all the floor shiny considering that I guess the warriors there have dirty shoes when they get back from stuff. The outfits work and I would like to say that I was one of the people that saw the outfits before the movies and thought it might look stupid on screen when I saw it, saw it. Branagh really did bring his A game with this one.
The acting is pretty good. If you are expecting some half-ass acting because it’s a comic book movie or expecting some the best acting in the world because you are a fan of Chris Nolan’s Batman movie series, rest easy as you get a lick of both with some comedic flare played out from Thor’s experience on earth to most of the scenes with Kat Dennings. The dramatic kicker, how ever, did not come from Thor but from his brother, Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston). Without spoiling anything, he is a mix bag of a villain in a sense because you don’t know if you want to feel bad for him ( in a good way) even though he’s doing all of this for himself. Another one, oddly enough, is Idris Elba who plays Heimdall, the gate keeper who sees all things in the other “Worlds”. When that guy comes on screen, he steals it, even if he’s not in a lot of them. I wouldn’t go past it if I see those two for cosplay ideas at some cons.
I CAST YOU OUT!!!
Now even with all this praise for the movie, that doesn’t mean that the movie is perfect. It’s not bad but some stuff could have been explained or understood a little better. One of them are the scenes where Thor is on Earth. Not much was happening other than Thor understanding how our customs are different from our own and that didn’t take so long for him to understand. Also, Jane didn’t do as much as people would hope to see but then again the movie doesn’t really concern her or earth that much. It’s more of a family drama if anything with Loki trying to show dear dad that he’s an equal to Thor if anything. Another thing to list is that Thor pretty much learned his lesson with in a weekend. Again, I can argue with myself that it would be a long movie full of questions if it took longer than that but eh, it’s just me. Also, don’t check it out in 3D. The 3D was alright but it’s not OMFG LIGHTING IN MY EYES AHHHHH! worthy. Ending credits are cool though.
Look, all I’m saying is that if you, like me, kept expectations low for the movie you can bring it up a little because it’s good. I’m still working on a scaling system for the site so what I’m going to do is have a scale from 1 to 5. 1 being STAY THE F@&!&! AWAY and 5 being GO SEE IT NOW WHILE YOU LIVE AND BREATHE!!!
Thor gets a 4.3 out of 5.
Also, Protip: Stay after the credits for what could be happening next.