Marvel Entertainment has got my vote, regardless of how bad a movie can be. There have been times when I question that loyalty (I’m looking at you Hulk – 2003). Luckily for me, Thor wasn’t a question, it was a statement.
Probably one of Marvel better known comic hero’s, Thor delves into Norse mythology with wild abandonment. Such staples as Valhalla, Asgard, nine worlds, and near impossible words make a quick appearance or are spoken in terms of back story and filler. Thor then has its own mythology that are corner stone’s of the comic and its history on printed paper. For the most part, and for a film, it was true to the comics that inspired it. The characters that help build Thor up, all make an appearance in the movie. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Jana Foster (Natalie Portman), Heimdall (Idris Elba) , King Laufey (Colm Feore), Warriors Three, and even Dr. Donald Blake (Thor’s earth name).
Yes, there were a lot of players and at times that worked well. Looking at it objectively and not a fan boy, really puts its short falls in perspective, and proves that even if a movie is made for fans, it can under perform. All of the characters get screen time. Good in the long run, but feels kind of watered down. The Warriors Three and Sif held supporting roles, but were they really needed? Did they HAVE to be there? I doubt it. My biggest complaint is the how the battle between Thor and the Destroyer took place and ended. First issue is how EASY it was for Thor to kick it’s tin butt. Second, is HOW Thor became Thor once again. It seemed like, “oh shit, quick, let’s change the rules of the plot”.
I get that in a short time, (two hours in the case) you have to develop the characters, the plot, and the attachment to the audience. But when it sacrifices the plot you spent the first hour building, as an audience member, we lose that connection.
That’s not to say the movie didn’t have its good acting and humorous scenes. In fact, this movie had quite a few funny spots and to this end, the connection did help. The rollercoaster of tense and funny moments were well balanced even if by the end, a bit, “what the hell?”ish. Chris Hemsworth made a very good and believable Thor and Tom Hiddleston made the perfect Loki, to the point you almost felt sorry for him by the end of the movie. In all however, the movie was good and worth watching. How could I possibly NOT be a fan boy, and get all giddy at the thought of such an iconic Marvel comic, coming to life on the big screen? I can’t. Because of this fault, I have to like the movie. It was good, and well deserving. It was well paced, good actors, fun, thrilling and quite the Norse mythology history lesson. Really, the main issues I have with the movie are few, and really only pop up after the credits roll and you have time to think about it. So go see it, enjoy the movie with your kids, and just make sure you have popcorn and wait till the end of the credits to see how Thor ties in with Capt America. Oh yeh, I’ll be there for Cap too. Of course!