Thor [2011]


Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is set to inherit his father’s, Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins), throne, but he is a brash young man, who hungers for war and glory. He does a foolish thing and brings the Asgardians on the brink of war with the frost giants of Jotunheim. Instead of a throne, he gets banished to Earth without his powers. His brother’s, Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston), plots are twisted and filled with even more hubris. I don’t think there’s a single person or being involved in said plots, who doesn’t get double crossed. Well, the father ends up in some godly sleep that may last for years, and Loki claims the throne. His intention is to prevent Thor from returning, to slip some frost giants into Asgard to threaten Odin’s life, and to swoop in to save the day in order to seem worthy of the throne in his father’s eyes. Thor, in the meanwhile, has to do without his powers and hammer, when Loki sends a war machine of some sort after him on Earth. When he performs a selfless act to save his love interest, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and her colleagues from the war machine, instead of dying, he regains his powers and use of his hammer. He swoops back to Asgard just in time to stop his brother from destroying Jotunheim and the frost giants completely, and obviously Odin wakes up just in time to witness the whole thing. Loki chooses to not be saved and falls into a void, while Thor is still left without a throne, but at last gains his father’s trust. Asgard is left without Bifrost, which is their primary means of traveling between the worlds, so Thor is left without Jane for the time being.

It is often quite painful to write those short plot descriptions, while reviewing these Marvel Cinematic Universe films. They are quite bad. You have to have some thick, bottle bottomed fanboy glasses to get through these films without balking at everything. Oh, and Chris Hemsworth is the worst of the MCU super hero actors I’ve seen thus far. I’m not sure, if he was told to play it like this – I mean Thor is a brash god, who is either drinking ale and being merry, or bashing some skulls and being merry, or sulking. But Hemsworth’s takes that description and manages to make it even more naive.

We see more and more of the S.H.I.E.L.D. in each of these films, but the mode is the same – they are a faceless government agency, that has a slightly less intimidating face than most faceless government agencies as depicted in films. They act as a backdrop that has its hands in everything and as a deus ex machina, but nothing more is revealed. I guess they’ll get to it in the next film, The Avengers. We get even more glimpses of Nick Fury, of agent Coulson, and for the first time, of Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Despite Hemsworth, this is actually one of the better films in the MCU thus far. The big bad is deeply connected to the rest of the characters, so you don’t just nod of, when he has screen time, and the supporting cast is pretty great in terms of the actors, and doing a decent job being entertaining.

  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Watched on: 25th May 2017
  • Watched at: Home (DVD)
  • Fanboy grade: 3/5
  • 1.5/5

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