I’m a big fan of superhero movies. When done well, they can be some of the best summer flicks (or, hell, some of the best movies period) but when done poorly you get Batman & Robin (also known as “The Pretty Effective Argument Towards Legalizing Suicide”)
Anything to keep from having to watch this flaming shit-pile
Then comes Thor and it’s… actually pretty good. It’s not going to be the best movie you ever see, but it’s far from terrible. On the Iron Man rating scale, it’s somewhat better than Iron Man 2, but not quite as good as Iron Man 1.
It’s a pretty standard unit of measurement
As far as Marvel characters go, Thor is pretty forgettable. Sure, he’s a super-powerful thunder god, but… meh. He’s just not that memorable. So I didn’t give the film a lot of credit going in. Thankfully, the film actually made Thor interesting. He’s cocky and brash and realistic. Or as realistic as an ultra powerful alien viking can be.
Before I go on, let me make one thing clear: I’m straight. Very straight. I’m all like… yay vaginas and boobs! So with all that out of the way, I can safely say… Damn Chris Hemsworth.
On the less homoerotic side of things… Natalie Portman is also great in this movie. Adorable and beautiful and everything she wasn’t in the Star Wars prequels. And… umm… hotter than Thor? That should make up for my fawning over Chris Hemsworth (No it won’t – Ed.)
It’s not all abs and Natalie Portman though. The action scenes are almost all shaky cam and I. HATE. SHAKY CAM! Kenneth Branagh may be a great director of drama and Shakespeare-type stuff, but the man can’t do action.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of Loki’s performance. He just doesn’t seem like the proper rival that Loki should be. Loki should be a master schemer and trickster, and he isn’t in this movie. He’s more a whiny little brother type, which isn’t nearly as interesting.
One last plus: Thor is another film that ties into the Marvel Avengers continuity, and I’m loving it. All of these films (so far: Iron Man 1 and 2, Incredible Hulk, and Thor) feel like one complete world, and it’s pretty damn cool. Plus, another Avenger gets his debut cameo in this movie, and he steals the one scene he’s in.
Final Verdict: Thor’s a fun movie. I enjoyed it, even though it made me feel some confusing things…