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Week Late Movie Reviews: Thor

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The Avengers movie project, courtesy of Marvel, is something that a lot of people are excited about. The idea of seeing Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the rest on screen together is a nerd’s dream. Throw in that the movie will have a cast featuring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and many more, and is being directed by Nerd-King Joss Whedon, then you have what could be considered the comic movie event of 2012. So far, we have seen the fantastic Iron Man, the much better than prior attempts Incredible Hulk and the good but not great Iron Man 2; Captain America comes to theaters in July, but just over a week ago we were treated to Thor. How did it hold up?

To make a movie about Thor is to take a gamble. Of all the characters in The Avengers franchise, he is the most ridiculous of them all, and that does include Wolverine. Thor is the Norse God of Thunder, not a mutant, super soldier, tech genius or gamma irradiated scientist, so to truly “get” Thor you already have to be willing to take that suspension of disbelief a bit further than normal. He’s immortal, he’s a god, he throws a hammer and he talks like he came out of a Shakespearean play. If you can’t handle that, and why can’t you if you already are a fan of the other Avengers movies, then Thor is probably not the movie for you.

To say that Marvel nailed this one would be taking the easy way out. Marvel nailed this one. Hemsworth is extremely entertaining as Thor and plays the arrogance very well. Natalie Portman does well as Jane Foster, even if it isn’t as good as her Oscar winning performance a few months ago. The real winner of the cast is Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki. Loki is a trickster, and brother of Thor, who is the main anatagonist in the film. Loki also happens to be very entertaining and one of the more faithful roles to the source comic material. I’m fairly certain that every one of his lines is, in fact, a lie to the other characters and, by the end of his ploy, there are a few doublecrosses. If the rumors are true, then I can definitely see the “win” in making Loki the antagonist of The Avengers.

The action in Thor is a little bit lacking in certain points, final fight with Thor and Loki I am looking in your direction, but the Destroyer Armor is awesome. The early fight with Thor, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three taking on the Frost Giants is fantastic, a whole lot of a fun way to kick off the movie.

Overall, Marvel has certainly made a strong film out of Thor. This is impressive not only because of the immense gamble a Thor movie is, but also because we are now a year out from The Avengers movie and a misstep now could be a bad sign. The world of Asgard has become a place that I want to see revisited in the movies, and if the post-credits scene is any indication, then we may get it soon. While it hasn’t topped Iron Man, Thor is a strong entry into the Marvel Universe and has me readily excited for Captain America in a couple months.

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Written by emeraldarcher

May 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

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