Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Thor

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?

8 comments:

  1. Excellent review. I left the theater with a smile so big I needed surgery to remove it.

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  2. I really enjoyed the movie, and I'm a big Thor fan. He and Cap are my favorite Marvel characters (so this is a great summer for me!)...that being said, the tilted camera angle was used WAY too much to the point of distraction. I probably could have ignored it, but they so got to my wife that she nudged me and said, "There it is AGAIN!" every time it was used...

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  3. I liked the sister more than I liked his actual love interest. I was disappointed in the love interest story because it seemed that they didn't give it enough weight in the plot to warrant Thor being completely obsessed with getting back to Earth at the end. I'm not saying I wanted it to have more weight, I could have done without it altogether.

    Other than that, I agree that it was absolutely gorgeous and amazing!

    My beau saw it with me and said that there was a nerd-nod in that Hawkeye was the guy with the fancy bow waiting to shoot Thor in the compound.

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  4. @NakedHobo
    You and me both!

    @Jeff
    Funny, the camera angle didn't stand out to me, but now that you mention it, you are right!

    @Karin
    Yes, they didn't develop the love interest much, but I felt like they held back on it to make Thor sort of old-fashioned. The whole hand kissing thing was just unbelievably romantic!

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  5. Loved the movie. loved the Hawkeye cameo (he'll be back for Avengers!). i couldn't believe two hours had passed when it was over, it seemed painfully too short! i need more!

    i will never. ever. ever. pay for a 3D movie ticket again. ever. It was kindof cute at first, but after one too many headaches and senselessly distracting 3D gimmicks being inserted when they weren't needed (Thor wasn't even shot in 3D...) i'm done. i'm just done. and there's no way i'm going to pay EXTRA to be treated like that.

    our local theater does $5 for matinee tickets before noon. when money is tight, skip Imax and boycott this 3D nonsense. it's just unnecessary.

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  6. @Dylan
    Hawkeye was great! I really liked his attitude in the few moments he was on screen.

    I am NOT a fan of 3D at all and it didn't work as well in this because of being filmed in 2D like you mentioned. On the other hand, I enjoy the Imax experience and couldn't get one without the other. The second time, when we took the kids, it wasn't as grand but I saw more details without the 3D distraction.

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  7. I loved it! I really enjoyed the fact that in the beginning I felt for Loki and hated Thor and by the end of the movie -- totally reverse!

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  8. I didn't like how they didn't explain what the Odin Sleep was and why it was necessary. My girlfriend went in literally never having heard of Thor the superhero before and was thoroughly confused as to what the Odin Sleep was. I would have liked to see more of the Warriors Three and Lady Sif, but otherwise, i was very pleased with the movie.

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