Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Thor Review

Thor is a movie that says no to realism, and yes to being as faithful to the comics as it can - and it works.

Thor starts off as an arrogant heir to the throne of Asgard - the realm in which he lives. After a particular act of arrogance he is cast out and winds up on Earth. While he's stranded there things start to fall apart at Asgard. Thor's father, (King of Asgard), falls into what is known as the Odin sleep and so Thor's brother Loki takes over the throne. Not a good sign.

This is a story that is told well, with a good script that features many funny moments, and some sad moments too amongst all the action. The problem is it isn't the deepest of stories. In fact if anything it just feels like a coming of age story except for a super hero. This isn't necessarily bad thing, but films like Batman Begins have proved that a super-hero origin story can be much deeper then just a person getting super powers.
But as I said, this is in no way a bad story. It's full of great action and some very entertaining moments, but just don't expect anything too deep.

One thing that should be praised in this movie are the effects which I thought were great. They make up the majority of Asgard as well as featuring in the fight scenes, and yet they doesn't seem too over-used (we're looking at you Daredevil). Instead they look fantastic and just make the film stronger.

The cast is also very good. Chris Hemsworth does a great job as the God of Thunder, Natalie Portman does well as Jane Foster, and Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins are brilliant as the Asgardians, Loki and Odin.

The ending was slightly underwhelming purely because it felt a little unfinished. I know some threads may be picked up in The Avengers, but it was still annoying that this movie couldn;t stay somewhat self contained.

But despite all of this, Thor is a great, fun film that does manage to make me more excited for The Avengers. And even with the basic story, and odd ending it still manages to be awesome due to it's great effects, and very talented cast.
If you like super-hero's you owe it to yourself to watch Thor.


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