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on May 31, 2013
I can sum up what's wrong with this work very easily: it's the kind of film where characters do, say, and feel things because the script says they do. The most egregious example of this is the romantic sub-plot between Thor and Jane Foster. It's just sort of plopped in our laps that these two characters who've only just met are now madly in love.
Are they? Well gee. How about that, huh?
There are also problems with the visual design of the film. I'm particularly thinking here of the sets and costuming. To be fair, they started out with the right idea, taking their cues directly from Jack Kirby's original work on the Marvel comic book version of Thor. But while the idea may have been great, the execution was profoundly uninspired. Just as any mediocre art student can "copy" van Gogh's style up to a point, these people have copied Kirby... up to a point. But that spark of something exceptional that allowed Kirby to truly add to the visual language of our culture - it's just not there. The electrifying energy and well-nigh cosmic sense of portent that were such hallmarks of Kirby's work are nowhere to be found. In this film Loki's helm looks like exactly what it is: a chunk of plastic.
In the end, I'd have to say that what's really wrong with the film is the same thing that's wrong with most superhero films: even though they hired a bunch of A-listers to pull it off, having been hired these people did not apparently see any real need to take what they were doing especially seriously. It's not that they produced a campy farce. It's more that they very obviously didn't feel the need to bring their own A-games to bear. After all, it's only a superhero movie. A summer blockbuster. `Nuff said.
To be fair, for the most part the fault lies not so much with the actors as with the writers and director (although in exception to this, I'm not entirely sure that Anthony Hopkins was even awake for much of the filming). But getting back to those behind the camera, it's quite plain for all to see that these people just didn't care that much about what they were doing.
As a result, just...