Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thor: DVD Movie Review


Cast: Chris Hensworth, Natalie Portman

Writers:  Ashley Miller, Zach Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich

Director:  Kenneth Branagh

** and 1/2 *'s out of four

Before this movie came out the only thing I could remember Thor from was the movie "Adventures in Babysitting" because the little girl in that had a Thor Fetish. The god of thunder just didn't peak my interest the way "Spider-Man" and "Spawn" did when I was collecting comics. He just seemed like a pretty boy with a big hammer and that's it. So when they announced a "Thor" movie was coming out. I was like "Meh". When they announced the cast. My response was "Oooh Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings are in this,nice but still meh". Than I found out the movie is going to be directed by Kenneth Branagh and I thought wow that's impressive. A talented director with a talented cast. All right I'll go.

The story is about this mystical world called Asgard,where gods rule the land. Thor(Chris Hensworth) has been banished to earth because he disobeyed his father Odin's (Anthony Hopkins ) orders to not attack these bad ass, big rock type things that can freeze you( I forgot what they are called). On earth Thor gets hit by a group of scientists(Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kat Dennings) on their way back from studying some  weird disturbances in the sky. They want to study their new subject because he could be the link to a whole new world that no one has seen before. Meanwhile back in Asgard; Thor's brother Loki(Tom Hiddleston)conceives a plan to get back at their father because of something he was told.

This is a movie that really could have failed tremendously if they did not have Kenneth Branagh direct this. Branagh is best known for his Shakespeare film adaptations and those dramatic elements work very well in this movie. In other fantasy movies the dialogue would seem hokey and cheesy, but in this they are a bit more believable. Yes the whole fish out of water story line does feel a bit repeative, but it does add some nice moments of humor to the plot. I also found the character of Loki to be a bit more sympathetic than most other comic book bad guys. I'm not saying his actions to go after his father is right, but I understand why he is so angry. The romance between Thor and Natalie Portman's character did not need to be there. Mainly because she wanted to have sex with him right after she found out who she hit. True he learned not to be so much of a dick like he was back at Asgard, but they could have inserted a cute plucky kid to pull at his heart strings instead of a hot girl.  It really would not matter if his attitude changed or not. She still would have fucked him.

"Thor" is the type of movie I would have loved as a kid. It might even strike someones curiosity to check out other Greek mythology stories as well too. I'm only hoping that the Avengers movie is just as good. The only thing that I found really distracting about the movie was that in 3D everything looked it was shot during a rain storm. I took my glasses off during certain times and the movie looked a lot brighter. If you have a 3D HDTV, make sure the brightness levels are adujusted corectly.  When the movie ends make sure you stay til after the credits to see an extra scene from the movie.


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