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14 May 2011

Thor (2011)

Directed by: Kennith Branagh
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and more.
Genre: Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 114 Minutes

Well as one of those ‘boffo-budget’ action films, this one is surprisingly good. Full of imaginative action, an interesting approach to mythology and enough character to keep you interested. It’s nice to see something like this to be turned into an action film, as it has not been done before. And with the creative mind of Marvel in the spotlight of production, the film came out as a pretty good production. It has great visuals, interesting characters and just about enough story to keep you engaged. Thor is definitely a film to check out this year. However, it felt very predicable towards the end and the story didn’t really engage me. Regardless, it was an okay film.


Plot:
Welcome to Asgard, the realm of Gods and other mythical wonders. The king of Asgard is called Odin, father of Thor and Loki Thor being known as god of thunder, and Loki, god of mischief. It is time for Odin to step down from the throne, but who will be crowned? The ceremony of Thor about to become king is interrupted by the Frost Giants (Who play a part in the film as the antagonists in a sense). Thor is enraged by this and attempts to fight the Frost Giants along with the help of his fellow fighters, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg. Odin is enraged of Thor’s selfish actions and banishes him from Asgard, and ends up on Earth. From that point on it is a quest to save Asgard and get Thor home with the help of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) whom Thor literally bumps into after his teleportation to the real world. 


Eventually Thor hears about his hammer being out near where he landed, and keep in mind all of Thor's powers have been taken away as he lands on earth (but is still a tank). He gets the hammer's location and discovers the security is very high, but that doesn't stop him. After taking out about 20 security guards he gets to the hammer, but can't take it out of the stone in which it is stuck, sort of reminds me of Sword in the stone.He then remembers his father said "Only the true heir will retrieve the power of Thor and lift this hammer".

The Story’s Faults:
The story for me was pretty imaginative and original, but it overall wasn’t very entertaining. Towards the end the film was pretty predictable. Another thing that I didn’t like is how at the beginning of the film The Frost Giants seem as if they are going to be the main protagonists of the film, but soon fade out as Loki comes into play. It was a nice plot twist, but The Frost Giants return towards the end after you have pretty much forgot about them. I also felt that the whole relationship between Thor and Jane should have been obliterated. It doesn’t play much a part in the story and it is what made the story a little typical. One more thing is how they have tried to reimagine the story of Thor and the other characters. The kingdom has went from an Old Viking style, to a more futuristic and modern approach. I thought it would have been nice to see a more old fashioned area, rather than a flashy CGI world. However, it was a nice idea to bring a story like this to the big screen.

Mythical Characters and Cast:
The cast wasn’t too bad, and consisted of only two real stars, being the legendary Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman, who has had a shine in Hollywood, appearing in several films lately. It was nice to see some new faces and the actors where okay. Nothing hugely special but enough to keep you satisfied.

Thor: They have taken Thor, the god of thunder and toned him down a little. His actor Chris Hemsworth was pretty good with this role, and I enjoyed the accent. It was fun to see him on earth with things he doesn’t know about, such as roads, as he just walks along unknowingly of the cars. However, I felt there could have been more curiosity as he doesn’t seem to find it that weird with the difference between the two realms.

Jane Foster: Played by Natalie Portman, Jane is a nice supporting character who eventually falls in love with Thor. She is a scientist whose equipment is taken away, but is soon returned by Thor.

Loki: The god of mischief. Loki is jealous of Thor, which makes him the antagonist of the story. Not half bad acting from Tom Hiddleston, with an okay performance, but could have been improved.

Odin: the father of Thor, and king of Asgard at the start of the film. Anthony Hopkins gave a graceful performance as this mythical ruler showing great emotion and responsibility of the kingdom. Anthony Hopkins gave a solid performance, and possibly the best in the film.

The Visuals:
I must say, the CGI was superb in this. They were refreshing, detailed and very high-resolution. Definitely looks like a ‘monster render’ at some points in the film. I especially loved the detail in the big chase scene when Thor visits the Frost Giants. the Frost Giants are pretty bad ass in design too.
The Frost Giants.

Overview:
The story isn’t the strongest, but it was an entertaining attempt to make a superhero film out of mythical characters that of which have sort of been forgotten about by this day and age. The film has some nice performances, especially from Anthony Hopkins, and some visuals to blow your head off. It is packed out with glorious visuals, but slightly lacking in story and character. It’s enough to keep you satisfied so; Thor is a great film and is certainly one to check out on your weekend out.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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