Hey guys! This week, I’ll be reviewing Thor!
I think Thor is a great movie. Aliens are an important part of the Avengers, seeing as they fight Skrulls, Chitauri, Thanos, and Galactus. Overall, aliens are a big part of the Marvel Universe, but the list is too long to talk about now. This was a great way to not just introduce Thor, but also introduce the extraterrestrial part of the Marvel universe.
In the original comic books, Odin decides Thor needs to be taught humility, and thus places Thor (without any memories of his godhood) into the body and memories of an existing, partially disabled, human medical student, Dr. Donald Blake. On a vacation, he witnesses the arrival of an alien scouting party. He then flees from them, and into a cave. He discovers Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, which is disguised as a walking stick. He strikes it against a rock, and transforms into the god of thunder. Blake is later revealed, in Thor #158, that he has always been Thor. After defeating the aliens, he shares a double life with his alter ego, treating the ill in a private practice with nurse – and eventual love – Jane Foster, and defending humanity from evil.
Thor was also made so that someone could be as strong/stronger than the Hulk, which I personally think is interesting.
Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal as Thor was fantastic. He looks so much like his comic book counterpart, and he really nails the accent, Hemsworth being from Australia. I enjoyed how they didn’t stray too far off from the comic book’s original telling of Thor, but that they didn’t follow it completely. His design was perfect, too. It had the cape, the helmet with wings, it was just more realistic, and I appreciate that.
I love Darcy and Eric, I think they’re fantastic supporting characters, and I would love Darcy to be a permanent fixture in the Avengers. She’s so funny, but smart, and I think she can be a legitimate character and not just comic relief. Odin is a horrible father. Frigga, even though we do not see her much, is really interesting, and I think her parts in the sequel are incredibly important.
Loki is a really interesting villain. I feel as though, at first, he was a victim, like Bucky/The Winter Soldier, but then he made himself into the villain. That was not completely Odin’s doing, but Odin did have a part in that. He could have told him he was a Frost Giant before it was too late. Don’t get me wrong, I love Loki, but I certainly do not look at him and pity him after the whole ‘I got Frost Giants to kill my fake dad but then I killed them so I could get my mother’s pity and be a hero’ incident. And, as always, love his design. It’s fitted perfectly to Tom Hiddleston, (who’s performance as Loki, in my opinion, was fantastic) all while keeping the essence of the original design.
Lady Sif and the Warriors Three were amazing supporting characters, too. The Warriors Three includes Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg. I think they did a great job with them, and I could see there being a movie on just them. It’s not likely, but I would enjoy it.
Everything was designed so perfectly, and I just love that. Asgard was stunning, the Rainbow Bridge was gorgeous, and Jotunheim was hauntingly beautiful. The fight scenes were fantastic, and fit in well.
I don’t feel like Natalie Portman was the best choice. I do like Natalie Portman, but I just feel like Jane Foster doesn’t come off like she should. I really can’t pinpoint what I don’t like about her performance, and it’s not like I hate her, or anything like that, I just think it might have been better with someone else.
The Donald Blake reference was great, but also I really adore how they didn’t make it that Thor was possessing Donald Blake. It honestly would have made Thor weirder than it was suppose to be. I think that would have really made a plot hole too big and would have forced an unnecessary love triangle (Thor falls in love with Lady Sif because Jane didn’t pass a trial given by Odin so Thor could wed her).
It was awesome to see a glimpse of Clint Barton, or better known as Hawkeye! I think it was a great, but small, intro to a character we see in the Avengers.
Loki’s ‘death’ scene was heartbreaking. I found sympathy for everyone in that scene. Loki letting go, realizing he has dishonored his family too much. Thor, having to watch his brother die, and Odin, realizing he truly did make a mistake.
Next week, another change of pace, but I’ll be giving four short reviews on the four short Beatles movies, from the swinging ‘60s! Have a Marvelous weekend!