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Let’s start with the end of the movie. When you go see “Thor,” you must wait a full 7 minutes until the final screen credits. There’s a scene with more movie, more intrigue, more of an upcoming direction. That’s all I’m going to say.
For 50-year old director Kenneth Branagh, “Thor” was forty years in the making. The God Of Thunder debuted as a Marvel Comics’ Superhero in 1962. As a starry eyed kid in Belfast Ireland, little Kenny buried his face into Thor’s universe. I find it fascinating & miraculous that this kid somehow manifested a path to bring these larger than life characters to the big screen. The second I found out that bit of information, my mind was set at ease. Who better to take us on a ride in this world? Fanboys have the passion!
The cast is solid. Natalie Portman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba & Chris Hemsworth as “Thor.” The tone of the film has more of a definite Sci-Fi edge than previous Marvel films like “Iron Man” or “Spiderman.” This time there are two worlds in addition to Earth. The synopsis: Thor, the son of Odin of Asgard, gets banished to Earth sans his powers. All I can say is, conflict lies within the family.
There’s also a bit of a love story going on here too. Amidst all the Norse/earthling craziness, Natalie Portman manages to keep pulling the movie back into a realistic place. Special shout out to Natalie who kept “Thor” eco-friendly by insisting the big Hollywood production do away with using thousands of plastic bottles on set.
A couple of technical things. “Thor” has amazing sound & visuals. I love onscreen acceleration. “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “The Matrix,” “Apollo 13.” Kenneth Branagh & his special effects team crushed it. It’s very exciting to watch. Did you know there were over 150 movie prop hammers used in the filming of “Thor?” The hammer named, Mjolnir was created to be an extension of Thor. There were highly detailed, custom made metal hammers. By the same token, there were hammers constructed of lightweight foam. The filmmakers were sticklers about having Chris Hemsworth holding Mjolnir in the exact same poses as Thor in the comic books.
I’m kinda 3D’ed out, but it works here. “Thor” was built for 3D. “Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil,” not-so-much. You’ll have a terrific time watching this on a regular movie screen. If you’re willing to pay the extra freight, “Thor” is playing on IMAX. This is an epic summer movie. If you don’t have fun with this, just stay home & watch “Revolutionary Road” on Netflix. If that’s you, you’re bummin’ me out. My advice, get out there & catapult into the Marvel Universe! You’ll be glad you did! “Thor” is rated PG-13
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“Thor” looks fun. What’s not to like here? Oscar Season will be behind us in a few weeks. Then it’s time to loosen up, grab a tub of popcorn & prepare for escapism. Geeks of the world will unite for Marvel Comic Icon, Thor.
“Thor” opens in theaters May 6th, 2011
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Gotta love Tony Stark! Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this guy. Director Jon Favreau knows tone & uses it to guide us through a fantastical world. A world where men glide across the sky in klunky metallic suits with booster rockets in their boots. No matter how unbelievable the action, in ‘Iron Man 2,’ it ALWAYS comes back to one thing: Good acting. The cast is solid, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johanssen & a downright dedicated Mickey Rourke as Ivan Danko. Rourke deserves credit for taking a not-so-serious movie role, so very serious. Going method, Rourke found himself in Russia spending many hours with hardened Russian prisoners and Russian prison guards. He also immersed himself in the culture of criminal tattoos authentic to the region & even sported Russian prison beads that were hand-crafted from melted down cigarette lighters. The result is a Superhero movie villain you wished had more screen time.
“Iron Man” fans will hold their heads up walking out of the multiplex. The film delivers exactly what it should. Smirky Stark humor, fresh dialogue & a clever back story to the connection between Howard Stark (Tony’s Dad) & the Vanko family whose names was disgraced hence the vengeance of disgruntled son, Ivan. I really didn’t like the scene where Tony Stark hosts a party in the Iron Man suit. Really drunk, really forced & just plain lame. If that was the best way to get James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) upset enough to don one of Tony’s extra Iron Man suits, maybe the writers should grabbed strong coffee & donuts & extended the writing session.
At the end of the day, don’t try to overthink ‘Iron Man 2.” People should remember it’s not Oscar Season, it’s Blockbuster Season. Grab a popcorn doused in butter & blast off with Tony Stark. I did & it was awhile before I came down to earth. Can’t wait to see it again.
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