Monday, April 25, 2011

Thor Review


Thor is the next in Marvel comics range of superheros and the build up to the 2012 film 'The Avengers.' The odd choice of Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)  Directs with eight people getting writing credits.

The film opens with Thor getting hit by a car and then goes back in time to tell the whole story. Assumabley this is done to try and build some audience guessing and wonder but if you've seen the trailer or know anything about The Mighty Thor comics then it's a waste of five minutes. We then get to see the wonder of Asgard and Anthony Hopkins great performance as Odin.

Thor's story is a basic superhero premise, Thor needs to gain the power to be a superhero. He's cast down to Earth by his father Odin (earth is another realm) and as he's wondering around providing the comedic element to the film while S.H.I.E.L.D move in on Thor's hammer and Thor's brother Loki moves in on Asgard. Loki played by Tom Hiddleston provides the best element to the film, the brother - brother and father - son element makes for the most interesting.

Chris Hemsworth gives his groundbreaking performance as Thor and the rest of the cast match's. The human actors; Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings show a complete difference between the Asguardians.

The films visuals also take a complete difference between Earth and Asgard. Asgard does look completely alien to Earth.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) bows before his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) 

Thor doesn't have anything bad going on at all, the writings good, the acting's good, and the film is visually interesting. The problem I believe will be with the audiences, having seen more stereotypical Superhero films like Spider-man, Iron Man and more realistic ones like The Dark Knight. Thor might be a bit hard for some audiences to go along with, Thor's flying through space, living in a different real, sporting a cape and swinging a hammer. Of late this might be the hardest Superhero film for some audiences to get into.

Thor does allot right to stand alone on it's own two legs, even though we all know it's just a filler for 'The Avenger' movies. It's a fun movie and has good 3D but it doesn't have any standout features that make me want to watch it again soon.

Acting: 8.0
Writing: 7.5
Direction: 8.0
Production: 7.5

Overall: 8.0
3D: 7.0

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