Escape to the Movies: Thor

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Penitent:
I need a HORSE!!

We don't have horses just dogs, cats, birds...

jboking:

gibboss28:
I've got a question but i'll put it in a spoiler for those who haven't seen the film yet

Jeremy Renner.

I'll be going to see this, thanks for the review bob.

Jeremy Renner! I really like him after seeing him in The Town (guess I need to watch The Hurt Locker), so I'll def be looking forward to seeing more of him as Hawkeye

failsauce:

Penitent:
I need a HORSE!!

We don't have horses just dogs, cats, birds...

Then give me one of those large enough to ride!

Looks good. I agree that either Thor or Cap is probably the Avenger who is the hardest to take seriously in today's age. It's common of movies to try and mirror real-life personal conflicts their audience can relate to, but how are you supposed relate to a fantastical Norse God who flies around with a magic hammer?

Hmm... Guy is a pompous jerk, gets kicked out of his awesome home to try and teach him some humility, finds that humility along with a love interest? Prince of Persia anyone? On a similar bent, there are ways to make people take such a bombastic character seriously- look at Kratos.

Wasn't considering seeing this, but after seeing three good reviews so far I may just rethink it. Natalie Portman is certainly on a fantasy roll here between this, V for Vendetta and Black Swan.

Just got back from seeing it, it was pretty good!

No suprise Loke is an dumbass. He has always been an dumbass. He once tricked another Asa-god(a blind one) to kill another god. Even though he got punished for it. But marvel don't seem to follow the old ancient nordic lores about the Asa-gods, but I like it anyway.
I'm pretty damn proud right now to be an nordic habitant (Sweden). I have always liked the stories and lores about the old nordic gods. They are pretty awesome.
:)

So am I the only one I didn't like it?

Didn't like how he didn't have his powers for most of the movie.
Thiught the romance was awkward rushed and didn't feel real.
Felt Loki was let down by the writing at the end. Went from being a tortured antagonist to just being a dick.
The name Donny Blake is only mentioned in passing.

I did love the costumes though. I loved how proudly campy they were. Really embraced the comic book feel.
Hopkins didn't get much of a look in.

Basically I just felt they could have done more. It didn't feel like a superhero movie. Not bad really, just disappointed me by not being what I expected it to be.

You know, I did look in the armoury of Asgard to see what else they were keeping other than the Casket of Ancient Winters, but I didn't notice anything in particular. I read one guy here saying he spotted the Eye of Agamoto, what else was there?

I usually post something like "I'll put it on my netflix queue" or "I'll watch this when I get around to it" after watching one of Bobs reviews, but not this time. I'm getting my ass to the theater and watching it now!

I went to see Thor two days ago and at first, it didn't feel as good as it does now that I've put some thought into it. I actually really really liked it and I agree with Bob on this one. The only thing that still bugs me is the romance; it felt kinda implausible and forced. But I don't think they should have spent more time on it as there were far more interesting things to deal with. I must add that Loki was easily my favourite character there and that Heimdall was such a badass, that I definitely wanted more scenes with him.

Just came back from watching it. Pretty surprised, I gotta say:

Hemsworth: awesome as T, really really good stuff. ONE MORE!

Elba: SUCK IT, HATERS. I CAN SEE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU J***ING OFF AT HOW GOOD MY VOICE IS!

Hopkins: if Shakespeare were alive, he would be so proud...

Loki: plot twisted and didn't see it coming. Nice.

The Avengers hints were not forced. I think a brief mention of the post credits scene also appeared in Tony's designs through Jarvis in Iron Man 2. What was forced was Portman. Could do without her but her being the dorky one and not Thor was a pleasant change.

Did anyone grab the Hulk reference?

Beta Ray Bill for the sequel? With his Stormbreaker? Waaaaaaaay too risky. Would watch it, though.

Doubled. Sorry.

I am currently very, very torn on the issue of how to feel about the movie, Thor. I think I am going to end with "dislike, but would still recommend it".

If you would like to know why, take a look at the spoilers. I don't hold back, so if you haven't seen the movie, and don't want spoilers, don't look. Seriously. No kidding. This is more for those who have seen the movie than those that haven't.

Spot1990:
So am I the only one I didn't like it?

Didn't like how he didn't have his powers for most of the movie.
Thiught the romance was awkward rushed and didn't feel real.
Felt Loki was let down by the writing at the end. Went from being a tortured antagonist to just being a dick.
The name Donny Blake is only mentioned in passing.

I did love the costumes though. I loved how proudly campy they were. Really embraced the comic book feel.
Hopkins didn't get much of a look in.

Basically I just felt they could have done more. It didn't feel like a superhero movie. Not bad really, just disappointed me by not being what I expected it to be.

Well Loki has always been a dick, if you felt any empathy towards him then the actor did his job right, because loki likes playing with peoples emotions.

Sigh, I have to choose between Thor and Source Code tonight...this is worse than Sofie's choice!

Well, saw it too. Liked it, but have to agree with another poster about the romance just being awkward. Natalie's character just feels bland and written like if doing a check list of things needed to humanize Thor. Also, the Warrior Three and the chick I didn't bother to notice her name were pretty meh, I expect a more from asgardian gods, they just seemed incredibly weak.

Heimdal was bloody awesome and dominated in every one of his scenes, those eyes, that never stop looking into your soul... I also find it hilarious that people bitched about a black Heimdal in their norse but nobody cared about an asian being one of the warrior three (though his character was so forgettable...).

Really liked Loki and all his machinations, Odin was very solid too, Thor did a bang up job and the aesthetics of all the asgardian tech and civilization are wonderful, full of charm and wonder. Not as good as Iron Man or maybe Hulk, but pretty damn good and entertaining.

gibboss28:
I've got a question but i'll put it in a spoiler for those who haven't seen the film yet

I just returned from watching Thor, and I specifically was looking for that in the credits, and it wasn't there. Probably be uncredited.

I'll give you credit for waiting until the last second to make a hammer time reference because I know it's hard to not do right away.

I enjoyed the film though I thought the plot was a bit threadbare in the sense that they were using Thor to tie up this whole avengers thing. Otherwise wholly enjoyable but never really mesmerising but the dude who plays thor (cant remember his name and it's far too late at night to care) is easily likeable and believable.

But next time? More Kat Dennings. Everything needs more Kat Dennings

Also, Stop 3D, I'm of it, it takes away from the movie funding and the attention you spend on the actual film. Also, if you wear glasses normally, wearing rubbish glasses on your glasses is an exercise in infuriation.

Johnnyallstar:

gibboss28:
I've got a question but i'll put it in a spoiler for those who haven't seen the film yet

I just returned from watching Thor, and I specifically was looking for that in the credits, and it wasn't there. Probably be uncredited.

So wait. Is the Ed Norton Hulk movie considered canon for the Avengers? With a new actor playing the role, I thought they were throwing Norton's movie out the window.

I just got back from watching that. Loved it!

That took a weirdly long time for you Bob... I thought you would've seen it as soon as it was released.

Aiddon:

Draconalis:
Also, I still think this would have made a much more amusing thor movie.

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Deadpool makes EVERYTHING better. Dammit, why haven't they made HIS movie yet?

Ryan Reynolds is still probably writing the songs.

My own overview of the movie:

I enjoyed it. Good, not great.

Asgardian sections were the best bits, in all their over the top glory.

The start with the frost giants looked like a level 20 D&D game. +1 for AWESOME.

Stopped from being a great movie due to the earth sections,
More character development, less Facebook references please.
Thor fell truly in love with a human over 2 days and some scrabbled eggs. Derp.
It was nearly all set in one very small, very obvious film set town. Think "Warriors Way".

Loki was a great villain. Though his motivations seemed schizophrenic at times, it IS Loki, so kinda expected. Either way, he was very sympathetic.

I just can't help but think the film would have been stronger if either

A. They cut out Natalie Portman's role as the obligatory love interest.
It wasted the films already short amount of time.

B. Given the romance more screen time, and more in-movie time.
Make it a central theme, rather then tacked on.

I can believe that she fell in love with him. A god and all that. But the fact he was all depressed when he wasn't with her came off as false. He's an immortal god, clearly lives around other women, yet this weak earth girl flutters her eyes and cooks him some eggs and he's ready to commit for eternity!?

Natalie Portman didn't do bad per say, but her character was not given enough good material. Kind of like how most "short brown haired grizzed white guy marine" guys are given very little character so people project themselves onto the character, it kinda felt like that. There was nothing special about her. Which is not bad on it's own, but she's supposed to have managed to seduce THOR. It felt REALLY fake and took me out of the movie near the end.

Otherwise, no major problems.
The action is good when it's in Asgard.
The fight in the town felt kinda weak. Kinda like a bad 90's flick with wire frames.
Cant wait to see Thor alongside the likes of Iron man and Cap.

Edit:

pretzil:
I don't know why everyone is calling those who complain about Heimdall racists, personally I think the filmmakers are the racist ones, assuming the doorman has to be black

LMAO! You know, I completely missed that. Damn, unfortunate implications or what eh?

I don't know why everyone is calling those who complain about Heimdall racists, personally I think the filmmakers are the racist ones, assuming the doorman has to be black

Antwerp Caveman:
Ok, there were actually kind of 2 character teasers: there's the one who spoke: whom most of us know who he is

, and there is the "big guy" in the shadows, to which Thor said "Big man, fought Bigger". I have no idea who that was, personal preference: Punisher, maybe?

Incidentally: the guy that played Punisher in the last movie, "War Zone" played Volstagg in this movie.

I thought it was Luke Cage, especially considering his size and fighting style.

We aussies got to see Thor several weeks prior to the american release. It was so good! best super hero movie I've seen in a while, on par with the the first Iron Man and second Spiderman films easily.

stop hammer time! lol
nice review definately gonna see it now thanks bob :3

Question! Isn't Loki ODIN'S blood brother, not Thor's brother?

Aiddon:
I'm apprehensive; I still think the Avengers is a bad idea and almost comes off as Marvel not getting that you can't do movies like comics even IF said movies are comic adaptations. Iron Man 2 suffered because of Marvel's pet project and I can't help like all their other films are going to suffer too.

Actually I'm betting that avengers will be a hysterical train wreck that destroys the comic movie genre for yet another decade but this time when it's revived super hero comics will become unusable.

Thor was great. Plot problems, but better than anyone could have hoped.

pretzil:
I don't know why everyone is calling those who complain about Heimdall racists, personally I think the filmmakers are the racist ones, assuming the doorman has to be black

LMAO!

WhiteFangofWar:
Natalie Portman is certainly on a fantasy roll here between this, V for Vendetta and Black Swan.

Black Swan fantasy?

Canadish:
My own overview of the movie:

I enjoyed it. Good, not great.

Asgardian sections were the best bits, in all their over the top glory.

The start with the frost giants looked like a level 20 D&D game. +1 for AWESOME.

Stopped from being a great movie due to the earth sections,
More character development, less Facebook references please.
Thor fell truly in love with a human over 2 days and some scrabbled eggs. Derp.
It was nearly all set in one very small, very obvious film set town. Think "Warriors Way".

Loki was a great villain. Though his motivations seemed schizophrenic at times, it IS Loki, so kinda expected. Either way, he was very sympathetic.

I just can't help but think the film would have been stronger if either

A. They cut out Natalie Portman's role as the obligatory love interest.
It wasted the films already short amount of time.

B. Given the romance more screen time, and more in-movie time.
Make it a central theme, rather then tacked on.

I can believe that she fell in love with him. A god and all that. But the fact he was all depressed when he wasn't with her came off as false. He's an immortal god, clearly lives around other women, yet this weak earth girl flutters her eyes and cooks him some eggs and he's ready to commit for eternity!?

Natalie Portman didn't do bad per say, but her character was not given enough good material. Kind of like how most "short brown haired grizzed white guy marine" guys are given very little character so people project themselves onto the character, it kinda felt like that. There was nothing special about her. Which is not bad on it's own, but she's supposed to have managed to seduce THOR. It felt REALLY fake and took me out of the movie near the end.

Otherwise, no major problems.
The action is good when it's in Asgard.
The fight in the town felt kinda weak. Kinda like a bad 90's flick with wire frames.
Cant wait to see Thor alongside the likes of Iron man and Cap.

Edit:

pretzil:
I don't know why everyone is calling those who complain about Heimdall racists, personally I think the filmmakers are the racist ones, assuming the doorman has to be black

LMAO! You know, I completely missed that. Damn, unfortunate implications or what eh?

first off on the romance thing. In truth they screwed up as portman's character was suposed to be an EMT and impress thor with her courage but it kinda happens that way in comics and hell most fanticy its called love at first sight its a huge cop out but it can happen.

OT: loved the movie but i was a little disapointed they didnt use his catch phrase:( i sooo wanted to hear FOR MIDGAURD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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