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Marvel’s Mighty Thor is a Marvel Indeed!

May 8, 2011

Both the directing ability of Shakespearan expert Kenneth Branagh (director of my favorite version of Hamlet), and the acting ability of Aussie Chris Hemsworth shine in the first full length feature focused on the story of the Mighty Thor of the Marvel universe! Branagh and cast show Thor as a superhero with greater depth than just superpowers, attitude, brashness, and strength, but also with an intricate and amazing origin, family, character, and base. Many moviegoers enjoyed the midnight preview of Thor including Yours Truly! (See if you can find me being interviewed by my friend Casey Messer in this edition of First Fans!) Thanks, Casey, once again for a great vid!

One of the greatest things about Thor is the storytelling itself. I completely understand as to why Marvel would choose to use Branagh as the mastermind behind the cinematic direction of the lore of Thor. Branagh’s expertise, capability, and love for telling epic stories about family, comedy, and drama, and staying true to form of the original material definitely shines through in this film. Bravo to you, Marvel. Bravo, I say to thee.

This cinematic adaptation of the Norse god of thunder excells in ways that the Fantastic Four sequel and X-Men 3 could only dream of! From a fantastic cast including the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, and more, to special effects that are superb! Marvel’s introduction of Thor to the theaters makes Thor not only a common household name, but also a new favorite among fans worldwide who never read or followed much of Thor before. Thor’s struggles with family, self-realization, inner strength, difficult decisions, and other enemies within and without are surprisingly a lot more relatable than one might imagine, being that he is a god afterall!

One of the better superhero origin movies of all, Thor truly is, in the words of Branagh, an origin story of both Thor….and Loki. Hemsworth showcases the power and character of Thor in a manner that proves to be fun and awe-inspiring! Hiddleston, as Loki, is definitely one of the best villains so far in a comicbook film. Loki serves as almost an exact opposite of everything that Thor is, causing the dynamic between the two to keep the attention of movie watchers. The rather unknown Tom Hiddleston performed the part tremendously well!

An amazing round of applause to Marvel for their casting and the way in which they are choosing to tell an even greater story through all of these films and tie them together. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor……all preparing for the splendor and glory of the greatest comic book movie yet to come: The Avengers !! 🙂

Thor! Great cast, great story, great special effects, and great fun! It’s a smashing great time! Some parts may be a bit slow, but they all serve in a way that sets the tone, backstory, and mood for the amazing film to tell its story! Not every minor detail explaining Thor is able to be expounded upon….some unfamiliar fans may not understand a few things, but it is of no consequence overall. Movie fans, Marvel fans, and Marvel Movie fans alike….go see Thor!

Be sure to keep a lookout for Jeremy Renner’s cameo and debut appearance as Hawkeye! And stay through the long list of credits (paying tribute to all of the fantastic folks who worked on this film!) in order to see the after-credits teaser scene that you do NOT want to miss!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars for “Thor” 

up next: Movie News Monday

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Megaman permalink
    May 8, 2011 6:24 pm

    Okay. so my wife and I watched this movie yesterday and she mentioned something that I never really noticed. Why was Natalie P. even in the movie? If you take her out then you get a great movie that has a complete story…. we both felt that the character development for her character was lacking and very awkward at the end…. I guess Thor needed a reason to come back???? thoughts….

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    • May 8, 2011 6:28 pm

      It’s true, Jane Foster’s part in the film is not as developed as it could have been. Hence my statement about some things not being explained greatly. But her role is vital to the story and development of
      Thor. It’s not that her part needed developing as much as her part was there to help develop Thor! That’s why she was so important. I felt her role was adequate for exactly what it was….a supporting role. Through her, he learns and has care for other people aside from himself. A very vital part to his growth and development to be worthy of the power of Thor.

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  2. May 8, 2011 6:27 pm

    I think i failed the scarlet spotting game 😦

    This is one of the first movies i’ve seen in a theater in a while(My dad paid for my ticket so we could see it together), and i’m happy to say it did not disappoint.

    I am trying to get my dad to post a review of it, but so far i have been unsuccessful.

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    • May 8, 2011 6:56 pm

      haha 🙂 thanks for watching! and for reading the review! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Def one of the best Marvel films in a while! I hope to see a review on your site soon for it. Tell your dad the people want it! 😉

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  3. May 8, 2011 7:00 pm

    I liked this movie too! I agree that this is a good Origin story… and probably the best superhero movie since 2008

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    • May 8, 2011 7:01 pm

      thanks Ipodman! It was refreshing to see that a not so mainstream character can have a great story told on screen. “not so mainstream” meaning not spiderman, batman, superman, or the xmen!

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      • May 8, 2011 7:11 pm

        Yea it’s nice to see Marvel taking their characters seriously rather than handing them out to everyone (like what they did with Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Punisher etc.)

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  4. May 9, 2011 9:51 am

    i love how in that video you posted there was only one dude that was likie “its ok” lol

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    • May 9, 2011 9:11 pm

      that made me laugh too! haha

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  5. JimmieD permalink
    May 9, 2011 4:23 pm

    Well another Excellent review! I completely loved this adaptation of Thor on the big screen! I am absolutely stoked and revved for another taste of Thor sometime in hopefully the not too too distant future! In the mean time I will take up a strategic workout with hammers in hopes of reaching some resemblance of Thor’s massive strength and heart of gold!

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    • May 9, 2011 6:42 pm

      Thank you! I wish you the best of luck with that workout!

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  6. May 10, 2011 10:42 am

    Yay T, we agree on the rating on this one. I nearly gave it a 4.5 on the scale of entertainment value, but realize there are some flaws that prevent me from giving it such a top mark. Still, it’s an impressive debut from Branagh in directing a full on blockbuster superhero flick. He definitely brings a level of sophistication to this and manage to inject lots of fun and humor along w/ the dark, sinister stuff. Hiddleston as Loki is good indeed, so I’m looking forward to see him in The Avengers.

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    • May 10, 2011 10:15 pm

      Hooray for Branagh!
      I also am super excited to see The Avengers now!!

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