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Thor [2011] Review

Okay, so this by far, is my favorite super hero of all time. Though, it could just be my interest in Greek folklore, or level of knowledge in their gods. Who knows. This films was a must see for me.

I tried to disregard all familiarity with the character’s back story, and watch the film with a fresh conscience. Something we ALL have to learn to do when watching super hero flicks. This lowers the heartbreak when you see that the director and writers have destroyed the history and plot. (Holding chest)

While director Kenneth Bragnah adapted this film for 3-D viewing, he shot the movie in 2-D. I don’t know why there’s such a high demand for 3-D films, especially when you’re not preparing the script for these types of conversions. I guess the films transformation was sheer marketing. Obviously it worked. The movie racked up over 150 million at the box office. (Thumbs Up)

Like other superhero films, the writers managed to chop the original 1960’s back story to accommodate for time. The only real connection I seen from the comics, is when Thor is ready to become king of Asgard. The plot takes a large turn afterwards and during this time, The Frost Giants invade Asgard. Thor disregards Odin’s orders, and attacks the Frost Giants’ realm. The attack leads to a dispute between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and as punishment, lands the god of thunder in New Mexico on Earth. (In the comics, Thor wasn’t simply cast down to Earth. Odin placed him into the body of Donald Blake. It wasn’t until Donald found Thor’s Hammer that he was able to transform into the God of Thunder.)

Thor is found in the desert by three scientists, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), whom were researching occurrences of worm holes. Okay, so all is well until I realized that Thor retained all his memories of his life back on Asgard. It isn’t a real problem, but when the writers made this choice, it took away from Thor’s and Jane’s relationship, which is much more believable  in the Thor comics.

I won’t complain as much, because the casting choice was perfect. Chris Hemsworth couldn’t have been a better Thor. Natalie Portman’s role as Jane Foster would have been better if the writers made different choices, but overall she nailed the character alteration. Tom Hiddleston, the antagonist in the film, adapted well as the jealous, snide brother Loki. His acting ability gave me strikingly familiar feelings as I watched him betray Asgard.

Largely, the film scored high points with Thor’s natural ability to create action packed fight scenes. And for that reason, I’d recommend seeing this movies. Just don’t expect a close comic book adaptation.

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  1. Summit10
    September 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    nice review. live you dreams man!

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