When Iron Man was officially declared as the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, (MCU for short) Marvel Studios began their journey to create solo films for each titular character, until they band together in The Avengers. Before I break down the pros and cons for this review, let me give a history lesson about one of the most prominent members of the team is a demigod named Thor.
Based on the Norse God of the same name. The character made his debut in 1962, (same year Stan Lee also created Spider-Man) featured in a comic book issue called, “Journey Into Mystery.” A year later, he officially joined Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, to battle his archenemy/adopted brother, Loki, (my favorite Marvel villain besides Venom, who’s my number one all time favorite) in their first comic book issue as a team called The Avengers. Four years later, The God Of Thunder finally got his solo series. Besides Loki, he has fought enemies like Hela, Kurse, Absorbing Man, Frost Giants, The Wrecking Crew, Malekith and many others adversaries. Over the years, Thor has become one of the most iconic Marvel Superheroes next to his heroic peers.
Before the MCU was conceived, Thor has appeared in merchandise, cartoons, video games, and last but not least, a crossover appearance in TV movie called “The Incredible Hulk Returns,” a continuation of the 70’s television series starring Bill Bixby & Lou Ferrigno. Be surprised, this is how Thor & Hulk first interacted together before today’s Special Effects were relevant. At the time, this was the closest thing to see them in a crossover. With today’s technology, we finally get to witness our childhood icons coming to life, both Practical and C.G.I. Now to that I’ve told you a tale about Thor, now to talk about his big screen debut.
Thor was released in 2011, (came out the same year as Captain America: The First Avenger) it received mixed to positive reviews from both critics and fans alike. Plus, it made a profit at the box office.
Now that Thor: Ragnarok is earning critical praise, I’ve decided to spread the word of mouth for anyone who’s planning to see The God Of Thunder, teaming up with The Lonely Man. It’s a reference to the end of every Hulk episode with Banner hitchhiking for a new adventure.
The following review comtains big fat SPOILERS. If you haven’t seen it, read at your own risk.
Strong: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, & Tom Hiddleston, all did a magnificent job on their respective performances.
Action Sequences were pretty good such as Thor’s fight with an army of Frost Giants, Thor retaliating back at The Destroyer, and Thor’s battle with Loki.
The film is based on Thor’s origin story. Instead of gaining powers and abilities, he’s cast down to Earth by his father, Odin, as some sort of time out to learn from his reckless actions.
Loki’s backstory was way more interesting than Thor’s origin. Many centuries ago, he was adopted by Odin, after battling Frost Giants. Makes me want to see more of him than his brother.
Character Development involving Thor, who has gone through a similar character arc like Emperor Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove. Both lead characters start off as arrogant jerks who care about nothing but themselves, to kindhearted individual finally learning from their misdeeds.
Loki also receives Character Development as he learns the horrible truth about his origins and setting up his evil masterplan for The Avengers.
Visual Effects look beautifully gorgeous for Asgard’s environmental atmosphere, same goes to the Frost Giant’s realm. The Destroyer looked pretty cool and didn’t look fake.
Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Samuel L. Jackson & Jeremy Renner, make cameo appearances as Nick Fury & Clint Barton/Hawkeye, to set up The Avengers.
In every Marvel movie tradition, Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance.
If you’re a Foo Fighters fan, the band’s song “Walk,” plays in the background and during The End Credits.
A Post-Credits Scene shows us a scene that’ll set up The Avengers.
Weak: Dutch Angles were mostly used throughout on important scenes. Good lord! Didn’t anybody watch Battlefield Earth or anything directed by Michael Bay. Did Kenneth Branagh, (A.K.A. Gilderoy Lockhart) accidentally obliviate himself to forget what a Dutch Angle really is?
The Second Act is kind of a drab, specifically a lack of Action Sequences, until The Climax patched things up for a bit.
Kat Dennings didn’t contribute this much as a prominent character. You heard me, half of the duo from 2 Broke Girls, has a bigger role than Idris Elba. C-3P0 had a much more subtle role for translating languages.
A muddled romance between Thor & Jane. They’ve known each other for two or three days. In Real Life, it takes weeks or months to flesh out a couple’s relationship. At least Thor doesn’t have a fear of sand like Anakin.
Idris Elba’s lack of screen time. For Big Pete’s sake! He was heavily shown on posters next to Odin, Jane, & Loki! Dagnabbit Marvel!
Product Placement featuring the following brands including 7-11, Apple. I’ll give this flaw a pass, because I couldn’t find any other brands to shove in front of my face.
The Final Verdict: C, AS IN, CUCKOO FOR COCA PUFFS!
In my opinion, Thor’s big screen debut, was disappointing for me. It could’ve been better if they fleshed out Thor & Jane’s relationship as just friends in realistic way. Focus more on Asgard, and squeeze a little more Elba. It’s just me. I’m still looking forward to seeing Thor’s gladiator battle with Hulk.