Thoughts on Thor

Sunday, May 8, 2011 4:49 PM By Simon

-Okay. If you're gonna put Loki in a movie, make him Loki-ish. For god's sake, the God of Mischief should get more face time than a couple silver tongue mentions and spoiler-ific bad-guy-ness. Damn.

-Not a bad movie. Chris Hemsworth fairs better as a leading man than so many others before him, and the script wisely plays up the more ridiculous aspects of the character. Kenneth Branagh, y'know.

-Natalie Portman has this nice moment where, as a script-described dedicated, stone-cold astrophysicist, she bursts into giggles at the attentions of Thor and his charm, and even her mentor and assistant, played by Stellan Skarsgaard and Kat Dennings, bow and curtsy under his gaze.

-Hawkeye gets some bit screentime (plus, I think, the post-credits scene, but I didn't stick around to find out), and Tony Stark is briefly mentioned, and probably Nick Fury. So it felt kind of prequel-y, you know, like everyone involved knows that this is just around to setup the much-ballyhooed Avengers movie.

-Still, even if I can't have my Sandman series Loki, Tim Hiddleston does some nice grounding in a character who the script can't decide is sympathetic or not. Anthony Hopkins is surprisingly subtle as Odin, wisely father of Thor and Loki, king of Asgard, what have you.

-Fuck Jaimie Alexander. I don't buy her as badass. I don't buy her as anything. Fuck her.

-Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, and Tadanobu Asana (and her), are resident Mighty Warriors of Asgard and friends of Thor and Loki (then just Thor), who try to think of ways to save him from Earth and junk. They amuse me. More on them never, probably, as I'll forget, so leave me alone.

-Idris Elba. Fuck yeah.

-Overall, neither hero nor villain are completely sympathetic or completely terrible. Basically, it all comes down to their daddy issues, and how they dealt with them, and how they took his (Odin's) lessons. Loki, as shitty as he is sometimes, is never motivated by malice or greed, and you can't even say his actions are wrong. Thor, meanwhile, grows throughout the movie from a douchey, implusive idiot to, uh, Thor...

-I lost my train of thought.

11 comments:

SugaryCynic said...

I keep hearing surprisingly good things. Must be all the Kenneth Branagh

May 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM
Melanie's Randomness said...

Kenneth Branagh is it?? No way. I might have to see it.

May 8, 2011 at 6:39 PM
Simon said...

Sugary: Must. Be.

Melanie: No, he directed it.

May 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM
Yojimbo_5 said...

Eh...it's okay...but considering Branagh completely screwed up the remake of Sleuth...he's a little hit and miss.

May 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM
Dan O. said...

Good time at the movies is something I can't hate, just like I can't hate this movie. Great review!

May 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Castor said...

Jaimie Alexander was hot. That was enough for me ahah

May 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM
M. Carter @ the Movies said...

On Idris Elba -- Double fuck yeah.

On Loki -- See above. I liked the movie overall, but I'm totally hot for Tom Hiddleston. Loki as a character is dark and twisted and damaged -- just my kind of guy.

May 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Franz Patrick said...

Just admit you have a crush on Tom Hiddleston! Is he gay? I got one of those vibes again. My gaydar was all over the place. Must be 'cuz of Hemsworthabsabsabs-pecs.

Hawkeye was totally hot. Just thought I'd say it because no one's crushing on him (except for me?). CRIMINAL.

May 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Fitz said...

Hawkeye wasn't in the post credits. Stellan Skarsgaard is though and Sam Jackson.

May 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM
JL said...

I think this is the first lackluster review I've actually seen for this movie and sounds more in lines of what I have been expecting from seeing the trailers and such. Shame, cause I had been starting to get a bit excited thinking the filmmakers behind this didn't suck and give us another generic comic book movie. Now those doubts have returned however.

@Yojimbo - I kinda liked Sleuth. Or maybe I liked the potential of it...? Of course I've never seen the original, so maybe that factors into it.

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