Thor made his nationwide thunderous debut on the big screen last Friday, April 29. Tickets were selling like crazy and there were even several midnight screenings offered by movie houses due to the sheer number of people who wanted to get a glimpse of the god of thunder on the opening day. It looks like Marvel’s hype-building machine work considering the fact they’ve been drumming up noise for Thor since Iron Man 2.
I was able to watch Thor twice on the opening day (3D) and if I were to sum up the movie in one word it would be: MIGHTY!
WARNING: spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched it.
Thor opens as Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), along with Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) find themselves in the middle of an unexplainable weather phenomenon that will eventually lead them to finding a banished Thor (Chris Hemsworth) cast down by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for Thor’s arrogance and bloodlust in opening Asgard to war with an ancient rivals, the Frost Giants.
Thor, stuck on Earth, must find his way back to the realm of the gods to prove himself worthy again and to eventually confront Loki (Tom Hiddleston) about his mischief.
To say that this movie is a visual treat is a huge understatement. I still can’t get over how they rendered Asgard and the icy world of the Frost Giants, Jotunheim. Thor’s battle with the Frost Giants was also nothing short of epic!
What’s also amazing is that they put a lot of effort into character development. This is a challenge especially because Thor is perceived by a lot of comic fans as one of the more shallow characters in the Marvel universe. It’s easy to just pump as much action scenes into the movie but they actually put a lot of time and work into letting the characters grow on you. Heck, even Thor’s “crew” gets enough screen time for you to like them, especially the gate keeper Heimdall! Also, the transformation of Loki from a doting and jealous son to a wicked and scheming half-frost giant step brother is fantastic!
The heartfelt scenes between Thor and his step brother and father were all memorable and priceless. Jane Foster’s giddy science geek girl character is quite endearing when paired up with Thor’s obnoxiously charming arrogance. At some points, the movie can almost pass off as a romantic comedy of sorts.
All in all, Thor is one summer blockbuster movie that you do not want to miss. If you’re following the route to the AVENGERS, then Thor is definitely on your must-watch list. Thor is movie 4 of the Avengers arc, the first being Iron Man followed by The Incredible Hulk then Iron Man 2.
Thor is currently available in most cinemas nationwide. Oh, just a tip: stay until the credits roll!
VISUALS – 5/5
SOUND – 5/5
TOTAL – 4.25/5