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I’ve been looking forward to Thor since the first pictures of Chris Hemsworth were released, and after seeing this long overdue film last night i’m slightly disappointed. It’s by no means a bad film but its by no means a great one either, the acting is for the most part good and in a few cases great (Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins) but its not helped by the script which is average at best. One thing that I did love though was the sprawling scifi / ancient viking city Asguard. The scenery was amazing to behold and was one of the only uses of seeing this film in 3D as it added a few extra layers giving you a sense of depth and scope. Chris Hamsworth stars as the god of thunder Thor and does a pretty stand up job, he pulls off the accent for the most part, definitely looks the part but when the character Thor softens up near the end he looses some of his sparkle. Tom Hiddleston though is the standout for me, as the god of mischief Loki Tom is flawless and seems to relish being the brother / nemesis of Thor to the point of almost out shadowing Anthony Hopkins (Odin) who is also persistently good through out. Idris Elba as Heimdall was another standout character for me and you could really believe that he could defend the rainbow bridge from any enemy who sought to conquer Asguard. The first 30 minutes of this film was by far its best as you get one of the films best action sequences featuring plenty of frost giants getting their skulls smashed in. Speaking of the frost giants these guys are twice the size of a human, covered in blue skin and can create weapons from ice, they are seriously well done and carry a foreboding aura around into any scene they are present. The big downfall for me though was most of the earth scenes which were dull and boring compared to the scenes in Asguard, and the earth characters suffered from a bad script as well as having no interesting scenes. Especially Natalie Portman as Jane Foster who after her oscar worthy performance in Black Swan bored me to distraction in Thor. The god characters such as Thor, Sith, Hogan etc fitted in so well into Asguard and you could really believe thats where they lived, but as soon as they stepped foot on earth their armor looked out of place, and their interactions with the locals (especially Thors) just didn’t work for me and made for uncomfortable viewing. The Destroyer though was one of earths saving graces (The effects work on him were pretty fun to watch) though the action scene in the middle of town was pretty short lived it was well executed for the most part.
SUMMERY: Though this film has allot of shortcomings (namely the script), Kenneth Branagh I think did the best he could in bringing this comic book character to life, with a few of the action scenes (particularly the battle of Yodenheim) coming straight out of the comic. Asguard was beautiful and the inhabitants equally so with Chris Hemsworth exuding swagger as the god of war, Anthony Hopkins owning his on-screen moments as Odin (Thors father and king of Asguard), but Tom Hiddleston as Loki was the standout for me and this film would have been half as good without him.
My Rating:- 3/5
Marvel has recently confirmed that Thor villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be reprising his role in the upcoming Avengers film, which is good news for me as watching Thor recently he was one of the best actors in it and fitted perfectly into the role of the god of mischief. The Avengers director Joss Whedon has also confirmed that Erik Selvig (Stellan Scarsgard) will also be returning.
THOR SPOILERS! At the very end of Thor Loki uses Erik to take a magical cube from Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), which is most likely the Tesseract as seen in the Captain America trailers being held by the Red Skull and is ultimately his tool in which he plans to take over the world with. Seeing as Loki is obtaining this great source of power I can only imagine that he will be the main villain in the upcoming Avengers flick, but what he is going to conjure up with said device I can only wonder.
Here are both of the trailers from the latest marvel movie Thor. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing), Starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Anthony Hopkins (Odin).
Tom Hiddleston had an interview recently with Comicus.it where they discussed as to whether Tom’s character Loki will appear in any other films after Thor. Hiddleston has said that he has signed a multi-picture deal with marvel, which means the likely hood of Loki appearing in the avengers as the villain as well as Thor sequels is a big possibility.
This is a snippet of what Tom had to say.
“When I signed my contract, I signed to play Loki in five more Marvel movies, but they were unspecified. So, if there will be more movies or not remains to be seen, but I like the idea of Loki turning up in the shadows when people least expect him, but you never know these things, the world changes and the things change, but I feel like I know who Loki is, so I wouldn’t mind.“
Personally the prospect of Loki being the villain in the avengers gets me quite excited. Especially when theres the possibility that Loki could use The Incredible Hulk as his puppet and give the avengers a run for their money ala Hulk vs .
Thor is the next film in the Marvel line up, eventually coming together with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to form the Avengers, but until then we have Thor and then The First Avenger to look forward to. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the story of a young cocky god by the same name, and whos reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) then casts him down to earth to learn the error of his ways. Little does Thor know that his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is planning on removing his father from the throne and taking it for himself. Meeting earthlings Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), Thor must use his new found friends and try to gain favor back from his father in order for him to take up his mighty hammer “Mjollnir” return to Asgard and defeat his brother, and restore peace to both earth and Asgard.
Thor has been high on my wish list from the very first time I heard of its production, but as time has gone by that excitement has waned slightly. Each trailer for Thor that I have watched has not really impressed me on the effects front, the ice giants look like plasticine models and the CG is also quite unconvincing. But I think the main few characters are this films saving grace in the forms of Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth who as young aspiring actors are said to own the screen and have some ace on screen chemistry.
Thor finally hits cinemas on April 21st
The Thor world premiere is being held today in Sydney Australia from 2:30 – 4:30. The films director Kenneth Branagh will be attending aswell as the films stars fellow Australian Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Kat Dennings (Darcey), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jamie Alexander (Sif).
Check out the event in the player at http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/165659-watch-the-world-premiere-of-thor