The warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.
The first thing that I have to get out of the way is the addition of 3D to this movie, post-shooting it. Many people have done it in the past 2 years, many people will do it in the future. It does not, however, add anything to the film. I don’t want to pay extra money and wear glasses over my real glasses to watch something in 3D when it is barely even there. It was so light that you could watch the 3D version without the 3D glasses on, and it wouldn’t even look that distorted (I did it for at least 3 minutes). There doing this just really grinds my gears.
Anyways, now that that is out of the way, the movie itself. A difficult task to fit this much information and storyline into this length of a movie, Thor did a decent job on leaving little to nothing out, while still not rushing much of anything throughout. I would have loved to have seen more action, but sequels and The Avengers movie will probably fill me in on that. It was not a hard sacrifice to make to see less hammer throwing and more character development. Some of the things are hard to take seriously, like the entire race and planet of things called Frost Giants, despite their fierce appearance, and Thor’s ability to fly, which I did not know about before seeing him do it in the movie. It was almost comical at first, but I got used to it. Besides, the film does well enough on comedy as it is.
The first film to do it in a genuine, frequent fashion, Thor is a comic book movie that does make you laugh. A lot. This has been very common in recent comic book movies, but Thor does it much better, and a lot more. It’s not a few cheesy things in the span of 6 minutes and then its never touched again. It’s actual comedy through most of the movie. It was very surprising and delightful to see.
The acting was also very well done. Chris Hemsworth’s “breakout” film, and he was fantastic. Portman was as cute as ever, and did a fine job. The king of Asgard and acting, Anthony Hopkins, did his thing, and in the role of Thor’s brother, Loki, Tom Hiddleston did a good jog as well in what is his first big film. Stellen Skarsgard was great, being a personal favorite actor of mine. He’s also going to be in the new The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo film, which despite probably getting Americanized and drawn down, should still be good.
Any fans of Shakespearean material should also enjoy Kenneth Branagh’s touches as director. He has shown people a new way to make these seemingly straightforward action movies into something more, something better.
An incredible cast, genuine comedy, awesome shows of power and action, and great direction, Thor is the best all around comic movie that I have in this new comic book movie era. Thumbs up, a fresh tomato, whatever you want me to say, see this movie.