Saturday, May 7, 2011


Thor Basic Helmet

Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

Opening May 6th, 2011

First off, I take these comic to film adaptations with a grain of salt.  They aren't going to do everything you had imagined.  They aren't going to live up to the lofty expectations you may have had.  With that aside, the overwhelming slew of comic book/graphic novels into movies are creating some of the better films, storyline and action wise.

This all makes sense though.  The groundwork has already been done for the screenwriter and in some part for the director.

Most do not live up to the hype.  Thor, does a better job than a lot, but this film is a bit different, in that the comic is actually a very loose interpretation of the Norse myth.

But from comic to film, this was well done.  Sure I would have liked to see more of Loki, especially at the very end.  Loki's actually in the movie close to equal camera time as Thor is, but the omission of a sequel set up was disappointing for me. That and the absence of the Midgard Serpent, which would have been cool but not really needed for the first film.

Really though, that's my biggest negative I have.  If I were to compare this film to Norse Myth, surely I would have many more, but that just isn't fair, seeing the film is based on the comic Thor.

What I liked:  I saw the 3D version so the visuals were great. Asgaard itself was a marvel to look at, as was Jotunheim.  The action took a second seat to storyline, which is rare for "action" films, but it was well done.

I also think they did a nice and SUBTLE job of foreshadowing the Avengers film.  The end of Hulk was painfully obvious.  We didn't see that hear.  All we had was Shield.  From Shield we heard Tony Stark's name mentioned as they faced off with Destroyer.  Besides that we had an obscure reference to Banner, The hulk.

If you didn't follow the comic book it may be a bit difficult to catch on to the Nordic names, but you'll catch on soon enough.  Besides that this is a film for anyone interested in heroes, engaging battle scenes and stories of internal conflict within the family unit.

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