‘Thor‘ is going to surprise many this summer as it sets the tone for movies like ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ to follow, and it’s not going to be that easy. Marvel has outdone themselves with bringing this superhero to life and Chris Hemsworth kicks ass doing it.
‘Thor’s’ been one of the quieter films on the marketing side for the Summer 2011 blockbuster bonanza, so expectations weren’t so high for this Marvel film, but that will only help this film kick off the season on a high. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot as all the other people I watched it with, with so it was so cool to have a smile spreading on all our face right off the bat. Kenneth Branaugh directing now makes sense as many were questioning why. When you check out ‘Thor’ you’ll forget ever having those doubts.
The beauty of ‘Thor’ is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously or lightly, which is quite the delicate balance to achieve. Thor is quite the handful of power on his own planet, and when he comes to our planet, he has the same attitude which makes for a lot of fun. Just one of the funnier moments in the film is when ‘Thor’ is stuck in a hospital and cries out, “You are no match for the mighty…” just as he’s stuck in the butt with a needle. This film will definitely open many new doors for Hemsworth who shows that he’s not just a pretty face with a body to match. He can continue on in the action realm for a long time. Thor opens the door nicely for ‘The Avenger’s’ movie which he is a founding member of.
Branaugh has covered fifty years of history in the film which speeds along in 3D, and this one makes great use of the technology and makes you truly enjoy it. The film quickly kicks in to a 30-minute sequence in Asgard where we meet all the major figures — Thor, his dark-haired brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) — and the notion that these extraordinarily powerful beings have been at war with a race of Frost Giants. And not only is it done with a straight face, but the sweep of the material, with vast tracking shots through stunning Asgardian landscapes, is by far the biggest thing Marvel has attempted; this is fantasy on a cosmic scale. This makes you remember that 3D can be really fun when done right and is worth the extra surcharge.
The story follows how Loki talks Thor into defying his father to fight and defeat the Frost Giant, which results in him getting sent to our planet. This sequence works so great and it brings in the great competition between brothers for dad’s love and how even a hero like Thor can be crushed by a disappointed dad. The realtionship between Thor, Loki and Odin is pure Shakespeare, and it’s in this respect, Kenneth Branaugh was the perfect helmer for this film.
Hemsworth brings so much humility and humor to the mighty God of Thunder when he’s separated form his magical hammer, Mjollnir, which is what makes this film work so well. It knows when to lighten up after some heavy serious action and dramatic moments. It’ll be interesting to see Hemsworth playing opposite Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr., but frankly, ‘Thor’ stands on its own two feet as a great standalone film whether it works with next summer’s ‘The Avengers’ or not.
Best Movies Ever News Rating: A
‘Thor’ brings Marvel back to fighting form and Chris Hemsworth carries his own against Sir Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Director Kenneth Branaugh balances the humor and action with amazing ability and makes you want him to show more action filmmakers how it’s done.