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.