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THOR, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Odin, King of the Asgard, has waged and won a war on the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth.  As the Asgard warriors defeat the Giants in Norway they are able to seize the source of the Frost Giant’s power.

In the present, Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard as his father, Odin, begins to step down from his position in the realm.  As the celebration erupts throughout the land Frost Giants attack the city searching for the source of their power.  Thor defies his father and drags his group of comrades off to fight the Frost Giants on their own land nearly inciting a new war.

As punishment Odin sends Thor, and his hammer, to Earth.  He lands in New Mexico to promptly be run over by astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig.  While they are in the middle of figuring out just what happened to the man they have run into as well as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge they have apparently witnessed, locals have gotten a hold of the hammer.

S.H.I.E.L.D descends on the town, Loki gets out of hand on Asgard…and things go awry.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Redemption

-Creator: based on characters created by MARVEL Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction action and violence, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medical sedatives, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stallan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I wasn’t exactly well versed in Thor and his story in the MARVEL world when I first saw this film but he has become one of my favorite superheroes over the course of his films.  And while I do love Jane and Darcy (who has become one of my favorite characters over the years) this movie isn’t the best of the Thor series…and it’s not one of my favorites of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

The movie is fine in general.  It introduces some of the most important and most popular characters like Darcy, Jane, Thor and Loki…even Phil Coulson… but it isn’t the best of the Thor films.  And honestly isn’t one of the best of the universe.

But it is necessary and there are some parts I really love.  The cinematography is really wonderful during a lot of the film.  The little off kilter moments where the camera is turned just slightly off really lend an air of tension and being off balance, which is really fitting for the manner of the film.

Its an interesting “origin” story type of film.  We get to see the first part of Thor becoming the god that we know he is later in the Avengers.  We get the origin of Darcy (and without spoiling too much her journey is killer awesome!).  We get to see the beginnings of a S.H.I.E.L.D.

In regard to those things, it’s a good film.  But between all of the moments where a lot of exposition is needed and Thor being a spoilt brat… it’s a lot.  And while I’m not sure what else they could have done to make the film different or better.  But here we are.  And obviously it ended up working because we are supposed to get yet another movie in the universe of Thor…and even a TV show… which is really exciting.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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