4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2011
wow it looks like 2011 will be the year that restores my faith in pg-13 super hero movies/ i usually like my violence to be shown in full out rated r mayhem but aparently this year directors are figuring out how to make action movies for 'everyone'. first x-men first class and now thor. one thing i really liked about this movie is that the enemies are these crazy, entirly cgi creatures that somehow dont come off as looking stupid because of over cgi, something lots of directors need to take note of. Because the cgi is done right the action scenes look beutifully epic and i was just waiting for each battle to erupt. Any scene with natalie portman could have been scrapped but i guess i movie isnt a movie without a storyline so we can keep that in there to give some sort of reasoning to the real girth of this movie, the action! now im looking forward to captain america and green lantern.
on April 15, 2015
Long ago Odin (Anthony Hopkins) led Asgard to victory against the Jotunheim Frost Giants and captured the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Warriors. Over a thousand years later, Odin is about to crown his son, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as King of Asgard, but the coronation ceremony is interrupted when the Front Giants find a way into the weapons vault and try to steal back the Casket. Fortunately, it wasn’t stolen as the giants fell before they could take it. Wanting to make an example of them, Thor and some of his loyal companions travel to Jotunheim against his father’s wishes and start a war with the giants. Odin rescues them but not without grave consequences: upon returning to Asgard, Thor is banished to Earth for his actions, powerless and alone. Only his hammer, Mjolnir, is sent with him, but now with an enchantment that only the worthy can wield it—and Thor is not.
On Earth, Thor meets Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), an astrophysicist who was there along with her mentor, Dr. Erik Selvig, the night Thor came through the wormhole.
Meanwhile, Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), finds out that his own heritage is not what he was told and, upon finding out his true origin, seeks to ensure his brother never returns to Asgard so he could become the king instead.
While on Earth, Thor must learn what it means to be humble, care for others, and thus earn his place as the proper king of Asgard, all in time to stop his brother from leading the Frost Giants into Asgard and destroying Odin’s kingdom.
This flick was Marvel’s fourth film in its Phase One plan leading up to The Avengers.
I love this movie. It’s down-to-earth, fun, has a good story and enough action to keep things exciting but not so much that it bogs down the entire movie.
Up until this flick, Thor was basically an unknown character to the movie-going public, and Thor does its job on giving the character a rich history, making you care about him, and making you cheer him on on his path to redemption.
The scenes on Asgard were breathtaking—heavenly, even—the size and scope of the city enough to inspire awe. The stuff on Earth, well, it’s just the stuff on Earth and this is the first I’ve personally seen the realms of fantasy and reality merge so well. There was a bit of that in the Harry Potter movies, but those kids never went to another world where it’s fantasy-type stuff 24/7.
The special effects were awesome and, to me, were a kind of unintentional preview to an exciting live action Superman movie, with Thor being the one in the red cape this time. The flying sequences were powerful, the strength, the lightning blasts—all good stuff, and with The Avengers on the horizon, the climatic fight scene between Thor and the Destroyer was well-paced and well done, saving Thor’s best for the ensemble film to come a year later.
The relationship between Thor and Loki was done especially well because most siblings feel that their parents favor one above the other. There’s always going to be some sibling rivalry, jealousy and competitiveness. This flick nailed that, in my opinion, especially on Loki’s side of things. I mean, at times you can’t help but feel bad for the guy and sympathize with his motives (that’s the mark of a good villain, by the way).
Thor is a sweet introduction to the character, sets him up really well for The Avengers, and this reviewer can’t wait to check out Thor: The Dark World and see how the Mighty Thor grows as a hero and as Asgard’s king.
The movie may have its flaws (Kat Dennings is probably as helpful as Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars, though she IS a lot cuter and funny), but it sure is loads of fun to watch.
Let's get this out in the open: I was a huge DC fan... I always hoped for DC and Warner to shake their heads and realize what they had and make the most of it. But since it's not happening, Marvel took the offensive... and I've been sold ever since. I have yet to read a single Marvel comic to this day, so the characters are quite new to me, even though I saw their designs from time to time.
Thor is quite a Shakespearian movie, dealing with brotherly issues, parental guidance, which director Kenneth Brannagh handles quite well himself in his filmography, so this project was right up his alley. Actors give great performances, starting with the actor who seems to have the most fun in the whole picture: Tom Hiddleston, the new fan girls' dream. Even I have to admit he's really good at playing bad guys. Next up is Anthony Hopkins, playing a heavy, sad and war-worn Odin, and Chris Hemsworth, whose Thor feels quite real: bulky, strong, not to trifle with, yet he manages emotional scenes quite well. It is a movie I always enjoy watching time and again.
As far as special features go, this one offers a few interesting bits of behind the scenes production, interviews, deleted scenes, trailers, all for the benefit of understanding in under 90 minutes what an undertaking this production must have been to everyone involved.
If you're a Marvel fan, casual viewer, or even a newcomer to the universe of the big M, Thor may be your right pick for an entertaining evening.
on December 24, 2011
I received my order on Friday, December 23, 2011. I was going to buy the movie new at the store but you offered such a good buy that I decided to order it anyway even though it said it wouldn't be there until after Christmas, much to my surprise I got it BEFORE THE EXPECTED DATE OF DELIVERY. Thank you very much for shipping my order so promptly. It was in a nice bubble wrap envelope and well sealed. I will order from you again!