Thor (2011)

Thor (2011)

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman

I’m not very knowledgeable about the modern state of comic books, so I’m not entirely sure that the premise and backstory of this movie doesn’t follow what Marvel’s doing with Thor nowadays, or maybe if it’s Ultimate Thor or something, but… it’s really, really different than what I expected.

On another world called Asgard, Thor is getting ready to take over the throne from his father, Odin. Thanks to the Asgardians’ mortal enemy the Frost Giants from Jotunheim, the ceremony is interrupted and Thor lashes out angrily at his father, who banishes him to Earth until he’s again “worthy” of his power. Meanwhile, his trickster brother Loki takes over Asgard and conspires to keep his brother out so he can prove to his dad that he’s more capable of taking care of the kingdom than Thor. Thor meets a hot chick on Earth, which is apparently the same thing as becoming more responsible, and with the aid of a motley crew of friends, retakes Asgard from the Frost Giants.

The story itself is okay, nothing that interesting or great, and the effects are all right. My main reaction to most of the things that happened in this film was just, “why?” Why are they aliens? Why is Thor a big whiny bitch? Why is Loki actually not a bad guy, just a good guy who does some bad things? It’s not just that they deviated from the source material, in the end it doesn’t make a lot of sense taken within itself. Also, you never end up caring about the conflict between Asgard and the frost giants, and none of the secondary characters are ever developed. And why does Thor spend so much time on Earth if none of it matters? This movie is just a mess, and all I can think of is “why?”

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