ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Thor (2011) - Film Review

Updated on May 13, 2011

Thor.


The god of thunder.


They did a pretty good job of making a costume transition on-screen that I didn’t think was going to work. Thor works in a comic book but I just don’t think it transfers well to film. Every time someone told me they are going to make a Thor movie or suggested it I just went crazy. How can you really translate this into a film where contemporary audiences wouldn’t just sit there laughing at either the concept or the dialogue involved. Everything falls into the “thee” or “thou” category, this kind of pseudo Shakespearean speech. But the fact that they got writer Kenneth Branagh, who you can say is, “the Shakespeare guy” of hollywood, just pulled off this film together rather well. They pulled it off basically. I don’t know how it worked, but it just did for me. I can sit here and give you an elaborate plot narrative here but its a very simple premise. You have the warrior, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), from another realm who is basically a total pretentious bastard, and he mouths off his father who is supreme ruler of that realm. His father (Anthony Hopkins) has had enough, and he banishes him to planet Earth and takes away all of his supernatural powers of strength and flight away. While on Earth Thor learns humility and compassion from a astrophysicist (Natalie Portman) and her crew and gains back his powers and essentially the throne of Asgard. What this film does in the first hour is paint a really good picture and feel for Asgard. A lot of information and planning went into designing it and make it work for people to sit through this and not break down in laughter over its comical ideology. Asgard is the realm where Thor and Odin and the “superior beings” so to speak live. They were really trying to catch that Jack Kirby comic book style, and they managed to do it in a way that I didn’t think would look as believable, but it did for what it is. Another reason they were able to really sell the fantasy here is they had great actors. Anthony Hopkins delivered his Dr. Seuss level lines in a believable and engaging way. You get that authoritative, hostile, yet fatherly vibe from him. Chris Hemsworth was a perfect choice for Thor. He was really likable, comical yet the handsome rugged type that was needed for the role. Even the supportive roles fit well with the exception, and I know I’ll get heat for this, of Natalie Portman. Her character was just poorly developed and vague. You feel like her acting ability was wasted in this film delivering meagerly appropriate dialogue in each scene. In other words, it wasn’t her fault, they simply didn’t do much development with her character. She’s a good enough actress that she should be given more to do. Once Thor was banished to Earth, then you really got that silly, “fish out of water” type of comedy or humor, which it is, but it balances out with some of the heavier material presented in the first part. There was a bit of silliness with the climax of the film, and I can see where people will go and really start to feel the cheesiness, but regardless I enjoyed the film a lot, great fun for the family, and again, take it for what it is. 


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Well like you, I too had a lot of fun watching this movie. It was one of the few movies that I honestly enjoyed a lot this year. Having said that though, I don't think it was as great as it could've been, as the story at times comes off as too cheesy to be taken seriously.

      Although I can't say I had the same doubts that you did about this movie going into it, I think it's amazing how we both ended up liking the film anyway.

      Personally, I'm more skeptical about the whole Captain America concept more so than this film. After all, wouldn't a guy dressed up as a human flag be deemed an easy target if he was fighting Nazis in WWII? I'm just saying. Anyways, I'll definitely be sure to vote up your hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)