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Review: Thor
Eric Schaen (09/13/2011)
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Thor Movie ReviewThe Plot
After nearly shattering an uneasy truce, the brave but arrogant Asgardian warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished from the incredible realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and sent to Earth to live among humans. Forming a relationship with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) Thor soon learns the path of a true hero, when a deadly enemy from his homeland unleashes dark forces on Earth.

Film Examination
A film based on a character like Thor has every right to fail. The main character is loosely based on a mythological Norse God, who wields an oversized war hammer and spouts out lines like “I say thee nay!” or “Know this day you have angered the son of Odin!” Luckily for us, Thor doesn’t fail at all.

In fact, Thor is easily one of the most entertaining films produced by Marvel studios to date. I put it right up there with Iron Man, in terms of its ability to deliver a highly entertaining and fun experience.

Thor, Odin, LokiThe story opens with a bit of an information dump regarding the Asgardian Gods, for those who aren’t familiar with Norse mythology. This segment sets the tone and pace for the film by giving viewers a back-story of the Viking era when the Frost Giants plagued humanity. The Asgardian Gods, led by the all-father Odin, intervene and form an uneasy alliance to protect mankind. Years later, Odin’s offspring Thor is being groomed to take his place as the new ruler of Asgard.

When his coronation is interrupted by an attack from their ancient enemies – the Frost Giants – Thor’s brother Loki suggests that Thor and his band of warriors should retaliate even though it has been expressly forbidden by Odin himself. When Thor’s actions almost incite a war between the Frost Giants and the gods again, Odin strips Thor of his power and casts him out of the realm eternal to live among the human’s on Earth. With Odin falling into his once-a-winter hibernation state, Asgard is now vulnerable to attack from her enemies, without her champion thunder god to protect her.

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Thor was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: heroclix fan on 1/26/2012 7:51:06 PM
@ silentpat

umm he didnt say it was a negative, he said its not entirley accurate. He also said the actor did a fine job. Wow, some people just have to be offended any chance they get.

Posted by: Dr Schock on 9/14/2011 9:42:32 AM
Isn't it a bit pointless to review a movie that came out in May at this time? I know the DVD came out today but why not review the contents of the DVD instead of a sad recap of the plot of the movie? We know all that, what we don't know is what and what quality are the extras for this film on DVD.

Give us something new.

Posted by: Dr. Faustin on 9/14/2011 7:38:56 AM
I have to disagree with this review for the most part.

Tom Huddleston as Loki was easily the best part of the film, both for the acting and the writing of the character.

The Asgardian intro to the movie was fine (although Thor's CGI fighting looked a bit too fast and silly) and the ending was acceptable.

What they got wrong was the middle. Where was the beef of this Asgardian sandwich? Thor is banished to Midgaard to learn humility, right? Well the film is so abridged that we have to expect that he learns humility over one marshmallowy campfire talk with Jane Foster! This is about as opposite from the Donald Blake punishment as you can get...

The only casting problem I had was Volstagg the Voluminous. They couldn't get somebody to look huge, cute, funny and badass at the same time?

Posted by: Kragnorak on 9/13/2011 9:52:43 PM
Seriously? You're bringing up the casting of Idris Elba as a negative? I point you towards this article that appeared in December. ( Enough, already! Who cares what colour his skin is? He was awesome!

Posted by: silentpat on 9/13/2011 9:44:18 PM
Hogun has always been Asian. In the comics he's been portrayed as a Mongolian-like warrior.

Posted by: Evan on 9/13/2011 8:40:54 PM
Yea Verily thor was a good time!

Posted by: The Son of Odin on 9/13/2011 7:49:31 PM