Thor

I am a fan of Thor, both in Norwegian theology and in the pages of Marvel Comic books.  That said, I had high expectations for the movie released May 6, 2011. 

If you want the short:
Thor is epic!  Go see it. 

Thor has a wonderful mix for a movie with action, comic relief, and a star studded cast.  You do not have to be into comic books to thoroughly enjoy this film.  Even if you would rather save money by seeing it in 2D instead of paying for a 3D IMAX experience, Thor is a fantastic work of art.



For those of you that want the long:
With any modern movie (especially movies aimed at a large range of viewers, young to old) I am willing to give some slack on minor issues.  Thor has been a wonderful and unique hero for Marvel since his debut in the comic “Journey Into Mystery” #83 back in 1962.



To make a two-hour movie about a character that has almost fifty-years of history and multiple origin stories in the different series of comics is a daunting task.  Most directors in Comic Book Movies demolish a story and make the hero appear gimmicky and childish.  However in Thor, director Kenneth Branagh does an excellent job of keeping true to the original character’s spirit enough while presenting a fun new creative aspect.  With Thor, you have an exceptional movie that is filled with references to the original source materials.  The writers did a good job of modifying the story in order to get the movie rolling right away without tainting the ideas behind what Thor represents.  There are also comments through out that foreshadow what is yet to come in the series of Marvel Universe big screen adaptations.



It is obvious that actor Chris Hemsworth worked hard to bulk up for his role.  He owned the role and looked like the God of Thunder on screen.  Actor Tom Hiddleston plays Thor’s brother Loki.  He does a fantastic job of conveying emotion.  Loki’s subtle facial expressions through out the movie indicate there is substance to the growing suspicions that he might be up to no good.

Odin, King of Asgard and father to both Thor and Loki, is portrayed by Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He is a great actor with a body of work that is hard to match.  Hopkins, with other acting professionals like Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, and Rene Russo make for an immediate credibility to the authenticity of the characters.

Natalie Portman plays Thor’s love interest Jane Foster.  Natalie is a smart, beautiful, and talented actress that is fun to watch.  Her portrayal of Jane Foster was realistic without being over the top.  Jane’s best friend and colleague is a character named Darcy, played by Kat Dennings.  Jane and Darcy have a fun, believable relationship.


As for when this Epic adventure is over and the credits roll, stay in your seats and relax.  There are plenty of names that fly up on the screen that deserve recognition for the hard work that made this story come to life, but after the credits are over, there is a bonus scene that sets up the next movie.
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If you saw the movie but didn’t stay through the credits, this may help:
In the bonus scene after the credits are finished, Stellan Skasgard’s character Erik is taken to the lower levels of a S.H.I.E.L.D. compound.  There he meets with Nick Fury, played by Samuel L Jackson in an eye patch.  Nick Fury has decided to help Jane Foster’s team in their quest to contact Asgard and understand travel between the realms by giving Erik the contents of a briefcase…  It’s the Cosmic Cube!  It has to be.  There is a cube with a slight glow that Nick Fury refers to as having immense power.



For the record, the picture above is not in (or after) Thor.  It is of Hugo Weaving (The Red Skull) and shows he will indeed get (or had in the past) the Cube…
The Cosmic Cube has been in many, many story lines throughout Marvel comic series history.  In my memory, no villain has lusted for, and actually possessed the cube, more often than The Red Skull.  Hugo Weaving plays Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, out July 22nd.  I bet we’ll get to see Red Skull at LEAST mention the cube as a minor reference, if not go after it as a major plot point.  We may see the Cube and even possibly the Masters of Evil join:  Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in THE AVENGERS!!  May 4th, 2012…

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