#10 – Thor

Thor_movie_posterH:4 Although Thor does go through a dramatic transformation in this film, it’s not exactly an elegant one. From his over-the-top hubris in the film’s opening act to the love and self-sacrifice in the third act, there doesn’t seem to be any smooth transition. The whole film takes place in three days, so I’m not sure when Thor had the time to change so drastically. Fortunately, Christ Hemsworth plays Thor so well we don’t really care.

V:3 This category gets points just because of the marvelous abilities of Tom Hiddelston as Loki, the God of Mischief. Sadly, his revenge plot seems so poorly thought out that it looses much of it’s villain credibility. As great as Hiddelston is as Loki, he doesn’t provide a strong enough villain, which may be why they had to rely on that silly laser-face robot for a big battle scene.

U:4 Director Kenneth Branagh’s depiction of Asgard in the film’s first act was masterful, adding a lot to this film’s unique quality. Unfortunately, Asgard was so hugely unique and beautiful that it made the small New Mexico town feel even more dull and boring in comparison. At least we got some more continuity to hold us over, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Hawkeye.

S:3 From Thor’s delightfully Middle-Earth-esque warrior friends to the remarkably funny Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgaård, this movie offers plenty of entertaining secondary characters. Sadly, however, few of them actually grow or progress, mostly just providing comic relief or convenient explanations of confusing space/Norse legend stuff.

M:2 You know that a film is in trouble when all its audience remembers leaving the film is how ridiculous that laser-face-robot in the middle of New Mexico was. Unfortunately, that was probably the most memorable moment of the film, and that’s not a good thing. The film gets a few memorable moments from Thor’s antics during his transition, like slamming his coffee cup on the floor and Denning’s pop-tart jokes.

Final Score: 16 – I remember the first reveal for Thor – the hammer showing up in the Iron Man 2 credits scene. And I remember thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me. Thor?” Thor is one of the strangest comic book characters, with all his “Behold, ye foul creature, I shall smite thee with mine hammer!” But, I was pleasantly surprised that Marvel managed to not only pull off a fun film, but, perhaps most importantly, provide a solid origin story so that a wonderful actor could bring Thor to the Avengers films, where he really shines.

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