Movie Review: Thor
Of all the Avengers superheroes, Thor has always been the least appealing to me. I’m not sure what it is, but I just never got that excited about anything the character was involved in. The same goes for the movies. I was very excited about Iron Man, and really can’t wait for Captain America (though that whole superimposing Chris Evans’ face on the body of a little runt is a bit unsettling). But Thor? Meh. I knew I would see it though because I don’t want to miss any pieces to the Avengers puzzle, and, of course, Natalie Portman.
Thor is the story of a warrior prince (Chris Hemsworth) cast out of his kingdom for arrogantly breaking a truce between his people and the Frost Giants (such a cool name!). He was in line to become king, but instead ends up in sunny New Mexico, living among the humans with none of his powers in tact. He quickly meets a rag-tag team of scientists–Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Kat Dennings–who happen to be studying the very stars he just came from. So he will help them to understand what they cannot otherwise. Convenient.
While Thor is on earth, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to take the throne in their homeland. I hadn’t seen Hiddleston in anything prior to this film, but I really hope to see more from him in the future. I think with Anthony Hopkins incapacitated for most of his screen time and Natalie Portman being kind of an afterthought some of the time, Hiddleston really stole the show. Loki becomes king and sends a giant Day the Earth Stood Still type of robot to kill Thor. As you probably guessed, that doesn’t work. All the robot does is destroy some S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles (they’e investigating Thor’s appearance on earth and his mighty hammer, which also landed on earth) and a small New Mexico town.
Instead of dying, Thor gets back to his planet and battles his brother to restore order to their kingdom. Done and done.
This sounds like a really basic plot, and it was. When I left the theater it felt like only about an hour had passed. While I did enjoy Thor, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Maybe it was the storytelling; the way it jumped between two settings didn’t allow for anything to really get strongly established in either. And, for the most part, there wasn’t really much action (During one of the few fight scenes, though, we do get a glimpse of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, which is pretty cool)–not as much as you’d expect.
I’m not sure what I expected from Thor. Maybe because Kenneth Brannagh directed it I thought it would be something epic, something Shakespearian. But it wasn’t like that at all. It was funny, sprinkled with action, and kind of a boring story. Not terrible, but not fantastic either. Thor will probably work much better in the ensemble cast of The Avengers.
The Thor trailer: