THOR – Review

I really want to keep this one short. I don’t know why, but i am not terribly excited to talk about Thor. It’s not that i hated the movie, i actually liked it, but trying to explain the story would be too complicated. So here are some of my quick thoughts on Thor the movie.

First off, this Chris Hemsworth guy is awesome as Thor! It goes to show you that Marvel Studios doesn’t need to hire Chris Evans when it comes to casting their blond leads! Also, it shows you that if you are true to the character the audiences will come to see the movie no matter if the actor is a big name or not. I am not incredibly familiar with Marvel’s version of Thor, but i thought that Chris Hemsworth did a pretty great job portraying the “fish out of water” aspect of the character without it being stupid. It is a fine line between pitch perfect and completely lame and i think Hemsworth found the perfect balance.

Although i am not a huge fan of Natalie Portman, i found that i really liked her in this movie as the socially awkward, yet super smart scientist. In fact i was a fan of her scientific team portrayed by Peter Saarsgaard and Kat Dennings. Based on the trailer i thought that i was going to be completely annoyed by Dennings’ character, but it worked for the most part. Every time that the movie was spent on Earth, i was grinning from ear to ear. The chemistry between the scientist and Thor was really enjoyable.

Which brings us to the parts that didn’t take place on Earth. The world of the gods, Asgard, was played very Shakespearean, which was perfect for the humor of the fish out of water portions on Earth. I though Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Tom Hiddleston as Loki were great performances.

I liked this movie a lot until Thor saved the Earth from an attack on a small town in New Mexico, only to go on for another 20 minutes where he saves an Ice Planet with a bunch of assholes? Why couldn’t Loki be trying to destroy Earth instead of the asshole iceman planet? At least that way we could feel like Natalie Portman’s life was in danger. I was totally on board with this movie until that point. Instead of Thor protecting the Earth people, he saves a planet that i don’t care about, while Natalie Portman and her team watch a New Mexico sunset. It took all the drama out of the movie and made no sense.

Thor had a lot of things going for it. I was really happy until the end of the movie. I did like that Thor did his spinning hammer trick from the comics and i enjoyed the brief inclusion of Clint Barton. Even though Thor was not the greatest film, it did get me excited to see Thor interact with the rest of the Avengers next year.

★ ★ ★½


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