Thor – Movie Review (It’s Hammer Time!)

28 04 2011

Thor is the superhero movie from Marvel Studios, the same house that brought you Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Unlike those two superheroes, the premise of Thor is based on fantasy rather than science. There are many mythical planets in this film, one of which is where you can find the frost giants, a group of ice-powered monsters that is pivotal to the main plot of the film. Don’t worry if you have no idea what Thor is about, the film makes itself easy to understand for the sake of everyone.

Thor is introduced as someone similar to Tony Stark in Iron Man. He is childish, reckless, arrogant, and thinks he has the right to do anything since he is the son of someone powerful. Chris Hemsworth’s performance as the god of thunder is better than I expected, especially when it came to the more emotional moments. His abs will prove worthy of his shirtless screen time, and he has more than enough fighting scenes to show off some cool kung fu moves.

Natalie Portman, fresh off her Best Actress Oscar win for Black Swan, appears as Thor’s love interest Jane Foster. She’s an astrophysicist who doesn’t really seem all that surprised to see a dude fall out of the sky. The love story between her and Thor feels a bit forced, but it goes back to classic knight-in-shining-armour stories of saving the damsel. Kat Dennings plays the comic relief character, but I didn’t find her jokes all that funny.

Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is the most mysterious character in this film, and you will have more fun with him if you don’t already know him from the comics. His relationship with Thor is very engaging, and amounts to some extremely emotional moments. Also very captivating is Loki’s relationship with his father Odin, played brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins fans will certainly get a kick out of this one.

The visual effects of Thor are impressive all around, although certain mythical locations still look fake. There is a character called The Destroyer, whom you can catch a glimpse of in the movie trailer. He’s a gigantic robot that shoots fire from his face, and the CGI used to build him looks really good. Thor also boasts a memorable score by Patrick Doyle which gives this film a tasteful mythical vibe.

If you are a comic book fan, you might geek out in your seat when a certain someone makes his cameo. I won’t spoil anything in this review, but I will just say that his costume is more Ultimate than 616. And of course, be sure to stay after the credits to see that little tease which connects all the Marvel Studio movies together.

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20 responses

28 04 2011
Jaan

am gonna watch this soon! Thanx for the review

29 04 2011
Ipodman

No problem, I’m always happy to tell people about good movies 🙂

28 04 2011
Kim

I’m afraid that I have to watch it though the trailer looks really boring :S

29 04 2011
Ipodman

I found the trailer to be quite cartoonish… but when I saw the actual movie, all the mythical locations and costumes actually looks pretty good!

1 05 2011
Kim

I’ll have to wait still. I’m too busy to go to the cinema :S

28 04 2011
Smart Girls love SciFi

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29 04 2011
The Hook

How did you get to see this? I thought it wasn’t out until May 6!

30 04 2011
Ipodman

It’s already out where I’m at… In fact Australia got it on April 21.

3 05 2011
lish

It will be interesting to see Natalie in something more Star Wars-esque after Black Swan, and I’ve been itching to see a good nerd movie! I’ll definitely have to try to see this one.

4 05 2011
Ipodman

Oh yea I tend to forget that she was Darth Vader’s wife in the Star Wars prequels… she was also in V for Vendetta!

5 05 2011
lish

Loved both of those! She wasn’t especially excellent in Revenge of the Sith in my opinion, but I think it was mostly the character and less her. Easily her worst role.

5 05 2011
Ipodman

Revenge of the Sith was okay… it’s the other 2 prequels that I cannot stand…

9 05 2011
dirtywithclass

I pretty much agree with everything in this review. The only thing is that i don’t totally agree with is Jane being a damsel in distress. None of the villains in the story kidnapped her or specifically went after her to get to Thor unlike in most superhero movies.

10 05 2011
Ipodman

You have a point, the villains here didn’t really hold her hostage or anything like in most superhero movies. I guess I was just thinking about how Thor defended her against the Destroyer.

10 05 2011
dirtywithclass

True, although THor defended everyone against the destroyer. She happened to be around, but the Destroyer was going after everybody so its not like it had specific instructions to go after Jane.

She was as helpless as everybody else against the Destroyer(Not even Thors super friends could really do anything against it), which is better than the usual imo

11 05 2011
Ipodman

Hmm… I guess Thor is a very epic character with a very epic story, so he not only has to save the girl, but also the girl’s entire PLANET!

11 05 2011
dirtywithclass

Agreed. I liked how both Jane and Thor were rather reckless characters in the beginning

I added you to my blogroll btw

11 05 2011
Ipodman

Thanks!

What do you mean by reckless? o.O

11 05 2011
dirtywithclass

What i mean is that she didn’t really listen to anybody else, I mean,the first time we see her the old guy tells her its not worth, but she pretty much ignores him. And she got close to Thor even though her colleague recommended not to(and had Thor break into the shield place). I just think Jane and Thor were very similar characters.

12 05 2011
Ipodman

Wow, now that you pointed that out, they do have similar personalities…

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