Once again I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on movie tickets. It's not enough that the price of a regular admission with soda and popcorn is roughly equal to my mortgage. Now, all the biggest movies are being released in Imax 3D which adds the cost of a car payment to the experience. I end up walking into the theater knowing I may be living in a cardboard box soon and hoping that it will be worth it in the end. This was my mindset when I went to see Thor on Friday night. I really, really wanted to love this movie. I wanted to cheer out loud, knocking over my popcorn as I threw my hands in the air and screamed "For Asgard!" with the rest of the theater. The Mighty Thor had to meet some mighty high expectations.
See, the thing is, superhero movies are tricky business. The characters are known entities with huge backstories. They're beloved by legions of comic fans and if they aren't treated fairly then everyone will cry foul, loudly. It has to have a genuine hero's journey tempered with just the right amount of comedy. Not the easiest thing to do when your hero is a guy who swings a hammer over his head like a propeller and flies through the sky. So, I went into the theater hopeful but nervous about what I was going to see. I'm happy to say that Thor lived up to my expectations in every way. The scenes of Asgard in all its glory were beautiful. Thor was wonderfully cocky, only to be humbled into becoming a true hero. There were swordfights and giants and men in black and, well, everything you hope for when you go to a superhero movie. And it had just the right dash of comedy, with our blustering hero getting taken out by a girl with a Taser gun.
Although Thor has a rich backstory, you don't have to know a thing about him or the Marvel universe to enjoy the film. Everything you need to know is explained as the movie progresses and you'll love him, and hate him, and root for him through it all. If you are a fan of the Thor and The Avengers, though, you'll delight in the references made to other characters. There's even a cameo from Stan Lee (Excelsior!) and if you sit through the credits to the very end you'll be rewarded with a nice little sneak peek at what the future may hold. I actually enjoyed this so much I ended up seeing it again the next day with my kids because they've fallen in love with The Avengers after watching the animated series. My only complaing? It leaves you wanting more and that won't happen until July when Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters. Two months should be just enough time to save up my pennies for more popcorn. In the meantime, let me know what you thought of the movie. Was Thor mighty or meek?