Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thor Review

I was a little apprehensive in seeing Marvel’s latest live action, superhero flick. It seemed they had a lot riding on its big screen version of Thor - the first of what I’m guessing is a planned franchise and later The Avengers. However, I’m glad I changed my mind. This summer blockbuster delivers with thunderous applause and dazzles the eye with stunning visuals. It’s easily one of the best looking Marvel movies to date. I was never a big Thor fan growing up, but this movie had me hooked. It was visually stunning, suspenseful in parts, exciting and full of action, not to mention the delicious assortment of eye candy to feast upon. At the very least, the Norse God of Thunder now has a better screen representation than his cameo in Adventures in Babysitting.

We go back and forth between lands throughout the movie. In the faraway realm of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is about to ascend to the throne of his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) before his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston – who I now love btw). But an army of alien Frost Giants ruin the crowning, and the arrogant Thor breaks an old truce by enacting revenge. As his punishment, Odin takes away his hammer/power and banishes him out of Asgard and throws him down to Earth.

Meanwhile, on earth, we meet a dedicated scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is investigating meteorological anomalies – the kind that send sexy ripped blond dudes to earth via lightening. When the two meet, sparks fly, literally and figuratively. And so begins the back and forth between scenes on Asgard, where something shady is a foot, and earth, where Thor struggles to gather his bearings despite his powers. The love story between Thor and Jane seemed a bit hokey. That’s just because they didn’t take time to develop that storyline enough, which was OK with me.

Overall this movie shines thanks to Hemsworh and Hiddleston. While the special effects are spectacular and vivid with luminous color, especially on Asgard, this movie does not need to be viewed in 3D. It was filmed in 2D to begin with and later converted into 3D. When this happens, it’s sort of like seeing a black and white movie with sunglasses on - everything is muted and darkened. So if you’re going to see this movie, save your hard earned cash and see it in 2D only. And remember to stay through the ending credits as there is a little Thor morsel for you at the very end. Thor is a fantastically fun movie and a great way to kick off the summer season. You will definitely be entertained!
RATING: B+



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