Movies for Breakfast THOR Review
The bumpy road of the opening of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued with Thor, a good movie but overall forgettable.
The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
In 2011 Marvel continued its goal for Thor, and by now the plans for the Avengers movie were already in place and ready to release the following year. The following two movies main intention was the introduce the last two pieces for the Avengers movie, and setup the themes going into it. Directed by Kenneth Branagh Thor introduced us to the characters of Thor played by Chris Hemsworth, Loki played by Tom Hiddleston, Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgard, Heimdall played by Idris Elba, Odin played by Anthony Hopkins, and Jane Foster played by Natalie Portman.
The plot of Thor is simple, but not at the same time, with there being two plots going on while the movie moves back and forth between. There is the plot on Earth following Thor, and the plot in Asgard following Loki along with the warriors three and lady Sif. For Thor’s plot he has been banished from Asgard and sent to Earth to redeem himself, stripped of his powers his hammer Mjolnir follows him to grant him his abilities once he is deemed worthy. He runs into Erik Selvig and Jane Foster who believe him to be crazy at first but come to believe that he might be the mighty warrior he says he is. He begins to learn some of Earths customs and then when he finds out his hammer has landed on Earth as well he goes to it. Though once he gets to Mjolnir he is still deemed him not worthy, and Thor comes to terms, albeit not right away, with this fact. In Asgard, Loki has taken control after putting Odin into a coma after finding he is a Frost Giant taken in by Odin when he was left to die. He betrays the people of Asgard and rules to keep Thor banished, and keeping his father in a coma so he can keep what he deems as his rightful place on the throne.
This movie is just under two hours in length, and the back and forth between these two stories do not do it justice, especially since the split in story telling comes about twenty minutes into the movie and the two stories collide again in the last ten minutes. The constant back and forth between the two stories end up leaving them both incomplete. While entertaining, they take a lot of leaps of faith to continue the story, and things must happen are not shown that become assumed. Not to mention there is a love plot between Thor and Jane Foster thrown into the movie, that almost seems forced as the two have no chemistry or show any real signs of interest in each other until later in the film. It seems to almost come out of nowhere, and then by the end Thor is willing to sacrifice himself to save the people of Earth from an indestructible automaton sent by Loki. The idea of Thor needing to redeem himself to regain his powers is a good story, and it is interesting, but the story seems to take a giant leap towards the end when one choice deems him worthy right away. There is no lead up to it, more like an on off switch that someone flips and he then becomes worthy again. Even his attitude seems to change on the flip of a coin instead of being progressive. The stories being told are good, but they just end up being rushed and leaving a feeling of having completed a puzzle with a quarter of the pieces missing. It is still possible to see the big picture, but its filled with holes that you only assume what should be there.
The acting in this movie is top notch, with every character bringing their best to the table. Out of all the Marvel movies up to this point, the casting was probably the best in this one. Chris Hemsworth plays the perfect Thor, bringing his selfish and brash nature out in full force. Likewise Tom Hiddleston has shown to be a fan favorite as Loki and for good reason. This is the movie that begins their path that would continue for multiple movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the dynamic put up in this movie is clear. They are brothers that bicker, fight, and they play off each other perfectly throughout the film. The rest of the cast is brought together as well, bringing each characters personalities to life. Even though it might not be easy to remember the names of the warriors three, it is easy to tell them apart by their attitudes and personalities brought forth by the actors. Asgard is also brought to life with the sets and photography made, it is a shame that Thor was banished to Earth during this film as it would have been nice to have the first film introducing him stay grounded in Asgard, but it would be hard to justify him coming to Earth in Avengers otherwise.
There are some fun moments in the film which lead it to be a good movie to watch, but there is also a lot of fluff mixed in with the plots that already seem rushed. The movie is good, but it has plenty of factors holding it up from being one of the best, and sadly besides a couple of scenes most of the movie is forgettable from beginning to end. It has the same problem that Incredible Hulk has, in which the movie is fun to watch, brings about a lot of fun moments, but even hours after finishing watching it I would be hard pressed to be able to remember a lot of what happened in the middle of the movie or conversations that took place between characters. If doing a run of important movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to End Game, this one is an easy one to skip.