Thor (2011)

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Hollywood
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Thor

Storyline

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor 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.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz(screenplay)

Stars:

 Chris HemsworthAnthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman

Genres:

 Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

Taglines:

Courage is Immortal

Thor! Thor! Thor!…absoulutely amazing from the very beginning to the very end…Marvel knows their characters and knows what we want to see. Spider-Man set a new standard for the superhero film genre back in the day. Iron Man upped it. Thor takes the ball and runs with it and places that bar even higher.

Being a comic book based movie, Thor comes with a special set of expectations. Good action, a myth based story of heroes, high level of special effects, and some quick one-liners. Thor meets and in my opinion surpasses all these expectations. Not only it delivers mind-bending visuals, mainly, the sweeping canvas of Asgard but it still is very intelligent and thrilling. The actors REALLY brought the characters to life. Thor is a dazzling example of the superhero movie done right. There were some parts in the movie where I was just blown away. The story itself is interesting without being overly convoluted. It starts in an unlikely spot, where we meet Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – along with Darcy and Erik – hits Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with her car (and more than once, as the film goes on). He’s been cast out of Asgard for going against the wishes of his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and picking fights with the Frost Giants. Meanwhile, his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is plotting against him.

Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as his villainous brother Loki show they have the acting ability and star quality to become mega-marquee names in the future. Marvel found two absolute diamonds in the rough. Both actors make a HUGE impression and are wonderful on screen. There’s no doubt that these two are the stars in the making and rather astounding leading men. The Aussie actor Hemsworth brings tremendous physical presence and an effortless, masculine charisma to the titular role. He embodies the character of Thor exceptionally. Not only does he more than meet the physical requirements, he also displays a comedic side whilst also being able to sell the more serious/dramatic moments. Yes, he’s a loud, spoilt, arrogant bruiser just

Chris Hemsworth in Thor

itching to start a fight, but you can’t stay mad at him, he’s so earnest and likable. Tom Hiddleston, as Loki, delivers easily one of the best performance in the movie, creating a complex, sympathetic villain. He steals the show, as the envious of Thor and mischievous villain Loki. Anthony Hopkins added much needed heavyweight presence as Odin but its a role he has quite frankly played a gazillion times but I never tire of it, so I’m not complaining :). In a year long span of brilliantly playing vastly different roles from psychotic to romantically unavailable heroine, Natalie Portman(with whom I’m definitely in love with) who can perfectly express her character’s emotions, this time plays the sweet determined scientist girl who falls for the strangely mannered good looking guy. Nothing too cheesy or clichéd for any of them but they do give a re-assuring aura about them. Kat Dennings was actually really good as Jane’s annoying friend who freshens up the humor throughout the movie. She steals every scene she’s in as Darcy. She is quite funny and credible as the comic relief.  Stellan Skarsgård is good, the supporting cast was generally good. Jeremy Renner makes a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo as Hawkeye.

While it would have been easy for the scenes set on Earth to feel slower and more boring than those set in Asgard, it’s the three human characters and their interaction with Thor that keeps their scenes entertaining/interesting. There is much humour to be found in the fish-out-of-water situation that Thor finds himself in. The relationship that develops between him and Jane isn’t over-done, thankfully.Thor’s allies back on Asgard prove interesting as well(rhough they could’ve been given more screen-time). His friends – referred to at one point as “Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood”(one of the most hilarious moments in the movie) aren’t just one-dimensional characters. They’re actually developed well and you grow to like them (I especially liked the scene where they found Thor on Earth and reunited with him) – so much so that you actually care if they’re killed by a big metal energy beam-shooting Destroyer.

Kenneth Branagh’s direction is a large part of what makes this film so good. The world of Asgard has been handled wonderfully, looking absolutely gorgeous, and with all of its inhabitants. The costumes look great, and the movie manages to make them – as well as the Frost Giants. Apart from the look of the film, what also helps make it feel epic is the score. The music adds SO much and is very memorable. And to those who don’t know, as with previous comic book movies, make sure you stay until the very end, as there’s an extra scene. The pacing was perfect as is the link to the Marvel movie Universe… I can’t wait to see what Captain America brings us.

Definitely a must-see, one of best super-hero movie without a doubt. Go see it, just don’t expect the Dark Knight. I give it 8.5 out of 10.

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Comments
  1. Leiza says:

    ok good..

  2. Leiza says:

    if its a secret..call me and let me know..lol..

  3. Leiza says:

    sound good..been wanting to watch it..btw where do u watch ur movies??

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