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Thor Cover I wonder if the old saying – blonde’s have more fun – is true or not? Well, sometimes I am not too sure you know – especially after watching this comic book related movie involving a certain Scandinavian Thunder God. This one, Directed by Kenneth Branagh; and Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Rene Russo. It was made in 2011, and lasts for 114 minutes.

Thor (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Now it is not every day that the Azgardian Thunder God – called Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – is striped of his power, has his hammer taken away from him, and is then finally expelled to Earth. However, this is precisely what happens to Thor, when he p*sses off his father, Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins), because he and his band of warriors invade the Frost Giants Kingdom – of Jotunheim – due to their previous machinations.

Well, that is what his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), expected to happen really – especially when he suggested to Thor that he should invade Jotunheim in the first place.

What a git.

Eventually, once on Earth, Thor bumps into a group of scientists – literally – and, over time, he gets to know Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and Darcy (Kat Dennings), all in a different and personable way. Moreover, a covert governmental agency – named SHIELD – gets to know Thor in turn too. Though, I suppose they have no choice in the matter really – as they quarantine Jane’s scientific files a day or two following Thor’s arrival – as well as attempt to safeguard Thor’s hammers which they find in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, back on Azgard, a lot of stuff happens that cloaks this kingdom in a cloud of suspense. As Loki finds out about his true parentage from Odin – Odin abruptly slips into a coma not so long after this ensues – and Thor’s warriors are disturbed by what is happening to everyone around them.

And, funnily enough, back on Earth, Thor is disturbed as well. He is disturbed when he breaks into the Shield compound, and cannot lift his hammer – he is disturbed when Loki suddenly appears, and tells him that his father has died – and he is disturbed when the people of Earth show him another way of looking at his life, making his future appear like a very strange one indeed.

Because what then transpires is a rather godly affair all in all – as warrior gatecrash – monsters bash – brothers clash – hammers smash – and fathers won’t hear no more trash.

In the aftermath of these bold events – the Avengers are coming – and hopefully some more money for Marvel to boot.

Now I would like to get all of my little gripes out of my system first, before I can get to review this great ‘Thor’ movie. (1) Odin is not Welsh. (2) There is not enough Renne Russo in this film for my liking. (3) Chris looks like a bloody Chippendale. (4) Natalie Portman is too good looking. (4) Most of the action scenes looked like they came straight out of a video game. (5) What the scientist actually did for a living was too conceptual overall. (6) Certain scenes did appear too cosmetic at times, which made these instances look like ‘catalogue poses’. And (7) The love story did not work for me – because it came across more like lust than love.

Thor the comic book
Phew! Thank God all of that is over and done with – because now I can tell you what a great film this is. For a start, this is one of the only comic book ‘character’ films that I have ever watched, which did not feel like an ‘origin story’, but rather an introductory tale. Now, personally speaking, this is what initially makes this film so good – as it cuts to the chase, because it is allowed to tell a tale without having to rely on pre-conceived comic book continuity.

Moreover, another great thing about ‘Thor’, is the whole ‘fish out of water’ pretext that it is able to wallow in. For me, this is what makes this film great – because these scenes where Thor or his ‘warriors’ walk about on Earth, as if they are in some sort of ‘rock band’, transposes the underpinning of what Thor – the character – is all about.

The Welsh God of Thunder in Thor

Well – lets face it – Thor is supposed to be a God, right? So what the f*ck do God’s know about being human? Nothing – which is why he is a prick at the beginning of the film. And that – for me again – is why these scenes are more captivating than all of that CGI malarkey on display – because it gave the opportunity for pathos to shine, characters to grow, and to show that not every hero is perfect hero.

Chris as Thor
Overall, ‘Thor’ was a film that I enjoyed on many levels – because it is a character based film involving a comic book God who is a bit of a dick. And in addition to this, it also reminded me on of the Richard Donner ‘Superman’ film – as it has that fresh and vibrant quality to its tone that was rather refreshing all in all. Oh! And lets not forget about the actors, huh? As Chris was great – Natalie was stunning – Anthony did good – Tom was a star – Stellan has gravitas – the supporting player held their own – but I still would have liked to have seen more of Renne.

Nice film about a comic book character that is actually a God – and as confusing as that may sound, this film wasn’t.

THOR THOR Reviewed by David Lee Andrews on December 16, 2011 Rating: 5
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