Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I saw Thor and I must say...(A Review)

I saw Thor today (or yesterday rather since I'm writing this at 5:07am in the morning). It was an alright movie to say the least. To be honest, I'd rank it above the Ironman films, but it still doesn't compare to Spiderman 2. To date, Spiderman 2 in my opinion happens to be the best Marvel film. I have a good feeling about Captain America though. And an Avengers movie? When I first heard about it, I had what people would call a nerdgasm. I'm completely stoked for it. I'll talk more about it when the time comes, but for now, I'll tackle the Mighty Norse God Thor.

I've been a fan of Thor for a long ass time, so I was stoked as hell when I heard about this movie. However like most movie adaptations, I was worried that they were gonna ruin it (like X-men: The Last Stand). I'll try my best not to spoil anything.

Plot: The plot follows Thor comics pretty damn well. However, the movie did slow down a hella lot. The movie starts of excellent with great introductions for the characters. It's cool and stuff and sets the tone rather quickly as an epic. However, that all changes when Thor turns into your standard "Fish out of water" story. You know, new guy in a new place and has to adjust to everything? Examples include, Encino Man and Tarzan. When Thor gets sent to Earth, the movie slows down a hella lot and does not pickup until the climax. During Thor's Earth time, the movie had plenty of moments where my theater laughed. However, because I've seen the "fish out of water" thing so many times, I didn't find them as funny. Instead, they were predictable.  Although I did find some stuff funny, like the pet store scene. Also, just a note, if you watch closely, the projectionist lowers the boom mic too low and you can see it in one of the shots. As I said, the middle is boring, but picks up quite well again when Loki sends the Destroyer to Earth.

I might as well mention the fight scenes here as well. They felt kinda rushed, much like the Ironman films. However, they were beautiful and amazing. Seeing Thor jump into the air and strike Mjolnir into the ground was just badass.

Characters/Acting: For the most part, the acting in this movie is superb. Chris Hemsworth plays a badass Thor. To me, the breakout star was Tom Hiddleston playing Loki. He was just so luring, and his scenes for me were some of the more memorable ones of the movie. I love Loki and Hiddleston's portrayal of him. Natalie Portman was alright in this movie. Nothing special like her character in Black Swan. I guess Black Swan has become a standard for her future performances. I also found her character's relationship with Thor to be hella forced. You don't need a romance in everything Hollywood.

The worst character though was Darcy played by Kat Dennings. She is annoying as hell and has no purpose other than being comedy relief. All she does is spout dumb pop culture references and secretly advertise for Apple and Facebook. As far as I can tell, that was her only purpose. When it came to plot, her character did nothing. She was hot though, but even then, I still found Natalie Portman to be hotter.

My biggest gripe with this movie is the way it's shot. That dumb as hell diagonal shot like Battlefield Earth. It was seriously annoying. I was also annoyed by the rumble camera. There's nothing wrong with simple, clean shots. It's easier on our necks :P

I LOVED the Hawkeye cameo in the movie. Most people in the theater didn't get it (some people were questioning what the point of it was), but it was definitely there for an Avengers setup and comic book fan like myself.

In the end, this was quite the enjoyable movie. Despite my ramblings, I had a good time. I would give it a 7.8/10. I definitely look forward to the Avengers movie as well as the Thor sequel.

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