In My Opinion…
Company: Marvel Studios
Part of The Avengers series.
I’ve been following “The Avengers” movie series (Iron Man, Captain America and their sequels). And, in preparation for a journey to the cinema to see the movie (The Avengers itself), I watched Thor. It’s my second watch actually. And I still can’t decide how to review this movie.
I liked it, well enough, but it’s certainly not my favourite. The effects are brilliant. The acting is sharp and realistic. The dialogue carries along at a snapping pace (with breaks for a bit of jaunted, posh speaking when the gods are involved). And the over-all story line is to be applauded. Really, the movie has great morals in it. Arrogance rarely gets you anywhere. Listening to your authority actually does matter. The bond of family is worth it. Serving others always wins over pride, killing and reigning supreme. It’s an action movie, with a splash of romance, plenty of fighting, gods and demi-gods and all sorts of powerful creatures—and yet it still manages to carry a lesson. That’s impressive.
Thor’s character frustrated me—but I think he’s meant to. At the beginning he’s so full of himself and it makes you so angry! How can he be so blind? But he learns, and his character develops without completely changing (which is a huge positive too). I didn’t think Thor’s side-kicks were terribly well presented. We, the audience, weren’t endeared to them and, in the battle that progresses, we can’t help but be a little indifferent. Thor’s brother, Loki, made me sad. Without giving away too many spoilers, I felt his whole circumstances (and life in general) were really unfair, which doesn’t make me want to cheer when he’s outdone. He lives under the shadow of his great brother, Thor. When the crunch comes, it seems like Loki just wants to be equal to Thor. That’s understandable. When the end of the movie came, I was proud of Thor’s changes, but sad for Loki.
I loved the splashes of humour. They came at just the right times with just the right jab and never failed to make me smile. Thor’s introduction to earth is hilarious. He initially meets up with a bunch of scientists (of which Darcy is really funny) and Jane Foster (yes, the eventual love-interest) hits him with the car. Twice. They movie-makers did a good job of throwing the funny parts in with the intense drama. I definitely applaud them for that.
The plot is well thought out. And there are twists at the end! (Have to love that.) The visual effects are delicious and the graphics such an enjoyment to watch. The fighting scenes (because this is definitely a fighting movie) are great. I think the end battle, against the huge iron-death-thing, was a little under-done. It could have been more epic. And then there’s Thor’s hammer to mention. It has neat, almost “Excalibur” tendencies (as in, when Thor’s father throws it to earth, it’s stuck and no one can get it out). But this hammer sure does a lot. Considering this movie is full of Norse-mythology, I’ll have to forgive it—but a flying, boomeranging, indestructible hammer doesn’t win any points with me.
I’m not a huge fan of Norse-mythology. But other than that (and it is a personal preference), I’d have to say it’s a good movie. Well acted. Well filmed. Well thought-out.