Review

Marvel finally released Thor. From the trailers and clips available online and in theatres I was actually expecting this movie to be terrible. The comic book character of Thor was never really prime or a crowd favourite. People just knew him as an avenger for the most part. I mean, does anyone even know who Ant-man is? Or Hawkeye for that matter?


Warning: May Contain Spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Story

“In the olden days, in the time of Norse mythologies and tales, existed a war between Asgardians and Frost Giants. Odin (Anthony Hopkins), who is king of the Asgardians, leads his people to defeat the Frost Giants, losing an eye in the process.

Flash forward. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are raised under the supervision of their omnipotent and powerful father, Odin. Together, Thor and Loki are raised as princes of their homeland, Asgard, which rests far beyond the reaches of space, millions of light years from Earth. They are both subjects for the next ruler of Asgard and only one can be king (As if the villain of this movie isn’t obvious enough…). On the day he is supposed to be crowned king, trouble emerges. Frost Giants invade, Thor becomes reckless, leads a team of warriors into the Frost Giants’ home world and causes war. Because of this act, Thor is banished from Asgard forever. He is then sent to Earth, parted from his most sacred weapon, Mjolnir.

Meanwhile, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is with her team of… astronomists(?) Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Erik (Stellan Starsgard). While doing some field research in a desert they accidentally find Thor and the hilarious contrast between gods and mortals ensues. On his path, he recovers Mjolnir, encounters SHIELD, a government agent group for specially gifted individuals, as well as his brother Loki. He must also find a way to return to Asgard, obtain his father’s forgiveness, and stop the upcoming war he started.”

The story is hard to rate. It’s based off a comic book. But going as it seems to follow continuity… for the most part, I’ll have to give the story a passable grade.


Character Development
This is where the balls are to the walls and the nitty gritty faults of this movie come out. Let me be frank and state that there is no character development.

The Good Guy: His journey is supposed to be about going from a reckless miscreant to a proud hero who is mature and forgiving. That’s what it’s supposed to be. But the problem here is that Thor goes from a good guy to a good guy. He shows signs of recklessness in the beginning on the movie but all of his actions are for a greater good. They’re not selfish acts nor are they ignorant acts.

The Love Interest: Natalie Portman throws herself at Thor. There is one scene on a rooftop where there is a campfire. The two exchange about 3 minutes of dialogue; the scene ends. Somehow this relationship went from A to C without having a B. Throughout the whole movie, this love interest is not flourished. Jane has JUST met Thor after hitting him with her car (twice). They talk at breakfast, talk again while stalking SHIELD, once more at a campfire and one last time for lunch before the final act of the movie starts. I think throughout the whole movie they only exchange like 10 minutes of dialogue.

The Bad Guy: You know the bad guy is a bad guy from the start. He even looks like the bad guy in the beginning. You wonder if there’s hope for redemption but nothing ever really happens. Upon learning he is actually a disfigured Frost Giant, Loki “suddenly” turns evil. I don’t understand how this works. You grow up hating Frost Giants, being raised and loved by Asgardians and then *snap* it all flips backwards. I don’t see where his evil is being fueled from. Is it just hatred of Thor? Hatred for Frost Giants? His character doesn’t add up.

The Others: Kat Dennings does an amazing role as a supporting comedian. Starsgard succeeds as the old dad type character in his drinking scene with Thor. Both are fleshed out like a family to Portman throughout the movie. It works and adds value to the humour being tossed around. Thor’s 4 warriors all have distinct personalities. Jackie Chan, Robin Hood and Xena all play their parts well… despite not really having any dialogue to speak of. SHIELD is also too much of a government force. It added personality but they weren’t very centered enough to truly appreciate their presence.

Overall, the character development is horrible.

The Visuals
CGI-porn. Beautiful. Amazing vision. The visuals should be experienced in 3D. There’s a lot of other worldly appearances and a ton of cool space and twisters. A rainbow bridge and halls made of gold only add to the stunning effects. Definitely one of the best selling points about Thor.

The Action
Well choreographed. I particularly enjoyed watching different forms of combat. I found Jackie Chan’s samurai-style, Robin Hood’s fencing, Xena’s warrior style, the Mountain Dwarf’s barbarianisms all very pleasing to watch and entertaining. Mjolnir is a beastly weapon and I’m glad it was used in so many ways throughout the movie. Having it thrown, spun around, and “excalibured” was quite a treat.

The Humour
Comedy is very hard to pull off is most action films. It usually comes out forced or it’s just not funny. In this case, the laughs were genuine. The laughs in Thor come from his inability to adapt to Earth’s culture. Thor is a god so he acts like a god. People think he’s human though, causing hilarity!

Some funny lines include:
“This mortal form grows weak. I require sustenance!” or “[walking into a pet shop] I need a horse!”

Overall Verdict
See this movie in 3D.
See it with friends as it’s intended to be a popcorn flick.
See this movie for a laugh and action.
See it if you love comic books.
Do not see this movie if you want a deep, enriching movie experience.

I think that sums it up. This movie is definitely not Spiderman-level quality, but probably ranks somewhere around Ironman. If you liked Ironman, you will enjoy Thor. Just don’t go in expecting “The Dark Knight.”

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About the Author

Jon Chew
Jon Chew
Jon Chew is a marketing student at the University of British Columbia. He is an avid video gamer with over 10 years experience playing games and also serves as a pseudo-amateur graphic designer. Currently, Jon works with Invoke Media, the creators of Hootsuite and Eat.St App, to develop and market a new service called Food.ee. Jon is also a co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Recultured Online Magazine.