Thor is a 2011 MARVEL STUDIOS super hero fantasy action film and is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.  It is the fourth film chronologically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe preceded by 2008’s Iron Man, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, and 2010’s Iron Man 2Thor was released in conventional theaters, digital 3D, and IMAX 3D.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, and Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins.

The music is written and composed by Academy Award Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle.

The film is produced by MARVEL STUDIOS and is distributed by PARAMOUNT PICTURES.

It is directed by Academy Award Nominated Director Kenneth Branagh.

In typical super hero movie fashion……wait……there was nothing typical about this movie.  This is due to the interesting fact that Thor is a god and not some guy that gains powers, or builds something, or is Christian Bale.

Kenneth Branagh really delivered a film that, on the surface, was the hardest super hero film to ever do.  How do you make a character like Thor a believable force in the real world?  I know, it’s tough.  But Branagh hit it out of the park.  By introducing us to the world of “Asgard” and keeping us in this world for about half the movie, we were able quickly learn about this magical land and the people in it.

Thor was an excellent fish-out-of-water story that brings a lot of action and humor to the scene.  And with a score provided by the seasoned Patrick Doyle just added to the whole feel of this new Marvel film.  The effects were on par for what you expect from a MARVEL film, and as far as the 3D……this was a post-conversion film.  However, this is one of the better conversions I’ve ever seen.  Instead of taking 2 weeks like Clash of the Titans did, Thor was able to get an entire year of post conversion.  While I don’t condone post conversion 3D in any way, at least this film was given the time and effort.

Unfortunately, the story for Thor was a big letdown.  Now I know, once again, how do you tell a story for the god of thunder?  But the biggest issue was that the movie was just a huge setup film next year’s The Avengers.  While Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were setup movies as well, there was enough with those characters to have the films feel like their own stand alone movies.  Which is a letdown from Iron Man 2 as well.  The story was interesting, but when making a huge setup film for a character for an even bigger film coming out next year, then you need something more to get you invested in this movie.

All the actors did exceptional job.  Chris Hemsworth came out of nowhere to deliver a truly believable version of the Norse God.  All of his friends were a lot of fun and added that much needed humor that need in movies like this.  If the actors are not having fun playing their roles…then how can you as a viewer have any fun.  The only exception to this was Natalie Portman.  I love Natalie Portman, but she felt really shoe-horned into this role.  It felt like she was there just to say, “Look, Natalie Portman is the lead female role in this movie.  We should go see it.”  Portman is a superb actress and even with the little she was given was still able to be fun and great in the role, but you can just tell that she wasn’t really necessary there.

All in all, Thor is a fun ride that is an exciting edition to the MARVEL UNIVERSE.

a 7 out of 10

(release date: 6 May 2011)

~ by Matt Whitfield on May 18, 2011.

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