MARVEL MOVIE MADNESS REVIEW: By Odin’s beard! Up next in Marvel Movie Madness is “Thor” which stars Chris Hemsworth (Red Dawn , Rush), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace), Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Midnight in Paris), Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal, Hitchcock), Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Clark Gregg (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Iron Man), Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Luther), Ray Stevenson (Divergent, The Book of Eli), Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer, 47 Ronin), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time, Red Tails), Jaimie Alexander (The Last Stand, Red Stop), Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon 3, Outbreak), and Stan “The Man” Lee (Spider-Man 3, X-Men). This movie follows a warrior from another realm, Asgard, named Thor (Hemsworth) who is a shoe in to be the new king once his father, Odin (Hopkins), steps down from the thrown. Odin thinks his son cannot be the king of Asgard though because of his arrogance and stupidity. It all gets worse once Thor takes his friends and his brother Loki (Hiddleston) to Jotunheim to talk to the Frost Giants about how they were able to enter Asgard’s palace, violating the treaty. They end up fighting the Frost Giants and because of this, the Frost Giants want war on the Asgardians. Because of this act, Odin decides that the only way to teach his son a lesson is to cast him out of Asgard to Earth without any of his powers. He also sends his hammer with him so that whenever he learns his lesson, he can pick it up and come home. After Thor is casted out, Loki creeps deeper into the dark side, doing evil deeds and trying to bring destruction to Asgard. It is up to Thor to get his act together to come home to stop Loki before it is too late.
Before I give the critic for the story as a whole I have to say this: “Thor” probably is the best movie in the Phase One when it comes to the scenery. I love the different realms idea and the way Asgard looks is just beautiful. Even the darkness of Jotunheim looks amazing. When the scenes of different realms come on, this movie is just eye candy. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get down to the story. Overall, this movie did really well for me. It had a very fluid mix of action and comedy at the same time and that is what I love about Marvel movies. Just watching Thor trying to adjust to Earth was fun in itself. The acting was by far killer with Chris Hemsworth’s arrogance and Tom Hiddleston’s amazing performance as Loki. I also give props to Anthony Hopkins for I could not see anyone else play as him (I mean, who can say that famous line to mjolnir other than him?). The action was phenomenal as well, providing more action than “Iron Man 2.” Especially the scenes in Jotunheim and the final scenes in Asgard, which were my favorite action scenes. Another thing that did fantastically was the special effects which I think that Marvel out-did themselves. When Thor brought a huge thunderstorm and was fighting Frost Giants, I was in awe. As time goes on, Marvel really excels in their special effects making the movie experiences more and more magical every time. With every movie there are cons though, well most movies. The issues that I had with this movie were how there were shots in this film that seemed to linger for a long time, like outside shots. I know how I explained how beautiful Asgard is and I love looking at the details, but they show several shots of it and the more they do, the longer it seems that they go on for. I also saw goofs in the film (mistakes in film making). I forget all the details of what they were, but I do remember sitting there seeing them happen, and remembering that I noticed them. Another problem that I saw in this movie was Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). It made no sense to just drop him in there because he had only a five minute scene. If they wanted to put him in there, he should of had a full part. If not, then they should have just cut him out, either way it isn’t right to put in a prime character with a miniscule role. The last issue I had with this movie was how they set up in the beginning some sort of battle that was going to happen with the Frost Giants, but it never even happened at the end. Heck, they didn’t even have an army when they went to Asgard. They only took about four people, which ended up being a lost cause. In the end though, I had fun with this movie, giving me good laughs and great cinematography. I definitely think this one is better than “Thor: The Dark World” and I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen this movie to watch it! FINAL SCORE: 84%= Juicy Popcorn
Here’s the trailer: