Monday, May 2, 2011

Thor (short for Thorton?)

Marvel Comics have done a great job of getting their "second tier" comics to the big screen. Who really knew who Iron Man was prior to 2008? It was all part of their plan. Get good actors and good directors to bring their characters to the big screen. This year they have two movies that help blaze the trail for The Avengers next summer.

Looking at their stable of cartoons, Thor always seemed the most risky. They made Iron Man rooted in reality, similar to Batman. In the case of Thor, he's a Norse God. So, it's hard to make that based in reality. But that's kind of the point. It's a cartoon character. And that's how they play it. The best comparison would be to Superman Pt II (the one where he loses his power). And you know what, it's pretty good.

The biggest issues I have with the film have little to do with the content itself. One, as usual, the 3D aspect is garbage. The first action scenes take place at night and you can't see anything that is happening. If you plan on seeing this film, skip the 3D version. The second issue is the way it is shot. Dutch angles constantly. I understand wanting to do something different, but I don't think having the camera askew all the time is the best way to accomplish that. It's super annoying.

What I was most afraid of was Thor's wig. It looked pretty terrible in the trailers, but it looks pretty good in the film. They also did a great job in casting. There are good actors filling in all the roles large and small. It's the little things like that they get right. They also find a better balance of having S.H.I.E.L.D. involved without overtaking the plot (which is what happened to Iron Man 2). Apparently Thor mythology has something called a rainbow road that could have looked super stupid, but is dealt with well.

P.S. Don't forget to stay through the credits to see the scene where they tie this film to Captain America and the Avengers.

Did you enjoy it?
Surprisingly, yes.

Would you see it in theaters again?
Yes. The screening was in 3D and I would like to see it in 2D.

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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