Thor is the god of thunder, and is the latest of the Marvel comic heroes to be put to film (Iron Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Daredevil, et. al.) I have really enjoyed all of the Marvel franchise movies, with the first Spiderman and the two Iron Man movies probably being my favorites. I confess I haven’t seen the last Spiderman, and probably won’t. I didn’t like the trailers
Thor didn’t turn out to be quite what I expected from the movie, but I still enjoyed it. I really expected more action on earth, but most of the action sequences took place in the mythical worlds of Asgard (Thor’s home) and Jotunheim (where the Frost Giants live). The special effects were great, I just thought it would be more earth based than it was. Thor’s time on earth was more redemptive than action… the scene with the Destroyer notwithstanding. It was still a fun movie, but I am not sure there is much of a sequel there. I’m sure they can bring Loki back, and play on Thor’s desire to get back to Natalie Portman, but really… not much.
That said, this story was good and the action was interesting and entertaining. Chris Hemsworth, the actor who played Thor was a perfect choice, and it was good to see Natalie Portman doing something different. To be honest though, most of the great scenes are in the trailers. My favorite parts are the different scenes on earth where Thor is getting acclimated to earth life… smashing the coffee cup and declaring he would have another and such.
We saw it in 3D, but I am not sure it was necessary. In fact, I have yet to see a 3D movie (Clash of the Titans, Sucker Punch, Thor) that really warranted it. I am sure Avatar was great in 3D, but I boycotted it. The scenes in the mythical worlds (the ice planet, the bridge scenes, etc.) were pretty good in 3D, but the rest of the movie probably didn’t show much. I hardly noticed. We will be seeing Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend, and we are debating seeing it in 3D or not.