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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