Just as good as Iron Man. Now there’s only Captain America to worry about
[warning: Spoilers ahead]
If you think Thor was gonna be the black sheep among The Avengers, think again. Director Kenneth Branagh made sure that he would remove the doubts of a lot of people about this movie being just a cheesy adaptation of the comic book series. In fact, he actually gave the son of Odin a humorous and human touch!
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. -imdb.com
The movie goes direct to the point right at the start when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is sent to Earth by his father. The film then shows you how he got to that point in a rather straightforward and clear pace. His arrival to the planet gets noticed by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy (Kat Dennings), and of course the guys from S.H.I.E.L.D. (the biggest connection of the film to the Avengers). Thor tries to search for his lost hammer M’jolnir somewhere in New Mexico, where the film is set. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to grab the hammer, proving that he’s still not worthy of it. In the end, he learns his lesson and tries to stop his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in his devious plan to make his father (Anthony Hopkins) proud of him and to get rid of Thor who is the heir to the throne.
I think this is Chris Hemsworth’s road to A-list status. He fits the role of Thor well with his over-the-top performance as a bad-ass turned good guy son of Odin. The film’s visual effects were among the best I’ve ever seen in a blockbuster movie, which made me think twice whether I should’ve watched it in 3D or not (I didn’t). The visuals was one of the reasons why I thought that the movie wasn’t cheesy at all. I do agree that the whole idea of making a Thor movie was ridiculous and ambitious, but I guess it turned out well in the end.
Of course, there are still some unexplained questions regarding Thor. Like, how was he able to spin a hammer like a baton? Or how the hell could he fly? Maybe there’s an actual explanation for this, but the fact that I don’t know anything proves that Thor isn’t as popular as his buddies (Iron Man, The Hulk). Still, I’m leaving those questions open, ’cause I don’t want to dwell on Norse mythology, magic or science too much. It destroys the whole idea of this being a comic book adaptation (plus, it destroys the fun!)
There were comic reliefs here and there so as to not make the film too serious. Kat Dennings is an example. That scene where Thor attacks the doctors after they tried to get a blood sample from him was epic too. And of course, what a Marvel movie without a cameo from the creator, Stan Lee. All of that, plus the short appearance of Hawkeye (who’ll play a major role in the Avengers) made the movie a little bit more fun.
Unlike Iron Man 2, Thor feels more like a standalone film than a preview of what’s to come. Surely everyone knows what will occur in the future by now, so I think that it wasn’t that necessary to mention anything about The Avengers. The movie only subtly and carefully incorporated some of the elements of the Avengers, which made me feel more anxious to catch the movie next year.
However, I felt that the story was isolated from the rest of the world. Every scene on Earth was in New Mexico. Was it just purely coincidence that both Thor and his hammer ended up in the same city? Without another place to go, the story didn’t have much room to improve or expand.
Regardless of that, I guess you could say that Thor is indeed a solid action movie that will definitely please you for two hours. It’s not the best movie story-wise, but its one of the few movies this year that exceeded my expectations. Thor just kicked off the summer movie season!