Thor (2011)

Thor is Kenneth Branagh‘s newest film, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

Plot:
After yet another attack by the Frost Giants on Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) loses his cool and together with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) pays them a rather violent visit. Their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is less than happy about this and decides to ban Thor to Earth until he’s learned his lesson and is less rash. On Earth, scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles upon Thor and doesn’t really know what to do with him. And if it wasn’t challenging enough for Thor to try and return to Asgard, a shitload of trouble is brewing with Loki.

Thor is brilliant. THE END.

Alright, alright. I’ll write more, though the general message will stay the same: The movie is funny, it looks wonderful, the casting is excellent and did I mention Kenneth Branagh’s impeccable comedic timing? In short, this movie is serious fun.

There’s only one thing that bothered me about Thor. His character development was a little superficial and quick. It could have done with a little more attention. But Branagh decided to focus on Loki instead – and I completely understand and agree with that decision. First of all, he is the more interesting character and his development is fascinating to watch. And second, Tom Hiddleston is absolutely mind-blowing in the role. I would have had no problem watching 2 hours of Loki.

But then we would have missed a lot of fun, especially in Thor’s interaction with Earth and the humans. And the generally awesome cast, especially Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings and Idris Elba. [Though I also loved the obligatory appearance of Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner‘s cameo.]

And the movie was gorgeous to look at [the whole film, not only Chris Hemsworth ;)]. Asgard looked awesome and the Bifrost Bridge was such a thing of beauty, it was pretty much breathtaking. I just wish that I could have seen it in 2D. Because I’m seriously disenchanted by the whole 3D thing and the colors are just lost.

In any case, Thor made me that much more excited for the Avengers film, but it’s great on its own, too: a fun film where you don’t have to leave your brain at the door. Awesome.

Summarising: An awesome start into this year’s blockbusters. I hope that the rest will be just as good.

Also, this:

And this:

’nuff said.

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20 thoughts on “Thor (2011)

  1. Yawp, definitely own-worthy.

    My favorite scenes:

    Loki tells Hejmdall that he is no longer bound to him, Hejmdall attacks him. Btw, Hejmdall looks great, I loved the idea of Hejmdall’s golden skin being black, which comes closest to golden.

    Thor and his friends enter the iceworld.

    Thor orders another drink. <3

    The FBI takes away the intern's i-pod. ^^

    • Hejmdall being black worked perfectly, but especially because Idris Elba is pretty damn awesome.

      Btw, did I mention that I think it’s cool that you saw this film? You’re going to have a cinema overdose if you continue like this. ;)

  2. lol @ Cinema overdose.
    I just had to see Thor. I saw it at for Tom Hiddleston as Loki. One of the greatest young actors I know as Loki, my favorite character in norse mythology. –> a must see
    I would have seen any movie with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, even a romantic comedy.

    As a bonus, Thor has everything a movie needs:
    * action movie
    * explosions
    * Marvel adaption
    * blond broad-shouldered main characters
    * blond broad-shouldered main characters who take off their clothes
    * mythology
    * Nathalie Portman. I think she is the only woman who can take my place. For the place next to a gorgeous young god is MINE!

  3. Tom Hiddleston: I saw him as John in “Miss Austen regrets” and immediatly lost my heart to him. He’s a very rare talent.

    Omg, I know something you didn’t about a great actor in a film about the Austen family? I guess I get brownie points.
    o_O

  4. I thought it was a good movie but I’m surprised you’re this excited by it. It was fun, but I really couldn’t understand why Thor and Loki behave the way they do- had you read the comics? I haven’t, and my knowledge of norse mythology was always via indirect sources. They really needed a lot more character development, I thought.

    • I’m not a huge expert when it comes to Norse mythology either, though I have read a little and I haven’t read the comics, but I thought that both Loki and Thor acted completely comprehensibly. Even though, as I said, Thor’s character development was done shoddily. But Loki, I thought, was very well developped.

      What didn’t you understand about it? Because I have heard this from a couple of people and wondered about it then, too. :)

  5. Thor’s character development was very quick and shallow, but it didn’t matter as he always looked gorgeous.
    I also found it a bit weird how this naughty little superhero with his bad temper and his proud laughter develeoped into some kind of Jesus after falling in love with a female earthling.

    I must say that I liked Loki’s development. I loved it how he saved his father’s life. <3

    I've read a lot of Norse mythology, and their different storylines mingle and/or contradict each other.
    But I'm quite sure that Loki and Thor have never been brothers in any of these stories. They aren't even of the same race.
    Concerning Thor: He is like Thor in the first half of the movie. A rash, strong, fierce, proud warrior with a bit of a temper.
    Concerning Loki: Loki is very mysterious, a perfect trickster god. No one knows where he comes from (some sources say, he is a giant, others say he is a fire demon) or what drives him. He is very clever and very diplomatic, but he also likes to cause mischief for the pure fun of it. Odin often asks for his advice.

    I've read more Greek/Roman mythology, but I must say that there's something about Norse mythology wins my heart. It's so twisted and weird and hopeful and cruel all at the same time.

    • I also loved Loki’s development – now there’s a character you can sink your teeth into and interpret your way around, and he still isn’t only acting that way because the screen writers couldn’t think of anything better to have him do.

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