Thor: Movie Review

The comic book superhero movie genre is a tricky genre to truly master for maximum audience entertainment. Though each summer for almost a decade, superhero movies have dominated the big screen. This year is certainly no different with at least four main superhero movies coming out between May and August.

Thor is the first superhero movie to be released for this summer. If the other summer superhero movies are half as good as Thor, then we will have one heck of a good summer.

The first thing you'll notice from watching Thor is the visuals of the background. The set designs are spectacularly well detailed with intrinsic symbols and enough of an ethereal glow perfect for the home of mythological gods. During the trailers and previews, I questioned on whether or not the costumes and sets were going to work on the big screen as they seemed to be unrealistic and very much plastic-like. Though within the first 30 minutes, those questions were set aside as I sat stunned at the magnificence of the visuals.  Though I will say I wasn't fully impressed by the action sequences or the CGI of the frost giants, that can be easily overlooked as you'll just continue to be sucked into the movie.

The actors played their parts well, particularly Tom Hiddleston, who portrayed Loki. Chris Hemsworth did a commendable job as the arrogant title character, who finds humility in the end. His attitude and actions seemed perfect for the part. The amount of work Hemsworth had to put in to portray the God of Thunder is tremendous. To understand what I'm talking about, watch his brief screen time as Captain Kirk's father in the 2009 Star Trek movie. He most certainly went through intense body training to develop such a chiseled physique worthy of a god.  Natalie Portman, who seems to have at least one movie every other month this year, played the main female role of Jane Foster, an astrophysicist who seems to always hit Thor with an SUV. Her charming personality meshed perfectly with Hemsworth's portrayal of Thor. Stellan Skarsgard and Anthony Hopkins added some extra class to the movie with their roles of Professor Eric Selvig and Odin, respectively. Though it was Tom Hiddleston who stole the movie with his portrayal of Loki, God of Mischief. Hiddleston's take on the character was perfect, showing that Loki doesn't rely on powers, but rather manipulation to create his mischief and malcontent throughout Asgard. You can feel, just through the look on Hiddleston's face, that all Loki wanted was to be as accepted as Thor was by the people of Asgard and their father, Odin.

When I first heard Kenneth Branagh had taken the role of director for the movie, I knew instantly that the mythical world of Asgard was in good hands. Branagh has an eye and ear for creating elaborate sets and fantastical writing into something believable and enchanting. Not many directors could take such an elaborate history and turn it into a successful on-screen appearance, able to bring non-classically trained actors into roles of fantasy.

I do recommend the movie to fans of Thor and those unfamiliar with comic books in general. The movie is able to draw you in and let you enjoy yourself deeply. It may not be as compelling and amazing as The Dark Knight or even the original Superman movie, though it will stand as one of the better super hero movies and perhaps one of the best Marvel Films movies, at least up to now.

Don't forget to stay for the credits, as with most Marvel movies now, there are scenese after the credits. Plus, see if you can spot the appearance of another superhero half way through the film. He's not well known like Thor, but Avengers fans will catch it. Now, go enjoy yourselves at the movies!

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