Thor Review: Lightning Hammer

9 05 2011

I like Superhero Films, Films like The Dark Knight, Iron Man and my Favourite (Superhero Film) X-Men 2. These films have the Good Old tale of Hero vs Villain. Every Superhero has abilities and these abilities always have origin stories of how they gained these abilities. Wolverine has Steel Claws, Iron Man has a mechanical suit and Thor has a Hammer and the power of Lightning.

Now before you start thinking you know what this is, Thor is not based on the Norse Legend. Thor is based on a Comic Book Character that is based on the Norse Legend. So if you see a trailer for the film or a poster for the film, it is not based on the Norse Legend it is based on a Marvel Comic Book Character (which is based on the Norse Legend). Thor is a Superhero from Asgard. He is the Norse God of Thunder wielding a Giant Hammer. He uses this hammer as a weapon to slay his foes and uses Lightning as a weapon too. He is a member of the Superhero Team the Avengers alongside Iron man, Captain America and The Hulk to name but a few. He is the Son of Odin, King of Asgard.

The film starts with the retelling of a war between the Asgard and The Frost Giants. Asgard Won and seized the power of the Frost Giants, The Casket of Ancient Winters. In the present day Odin’s son Thor is about to ascend to the throne of Asgard when Frost Giants try to take the Casket. Thor, his brother Loki and his friend’s Sif, Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun journey to the home of the Frost Giants, Jotunheim. There a battle ensues and Odin arrives to save Thor, Loki and his Friends destroying the fragile truce between the 2 races. For his arrogance Odin strips Thor of his power and exiles him to Earth along with his Hammer Mjolnir which Odin put has put a spell on so only the worthy can use it.

Thor is run over by Jane Foster (Played by Natalie Portman) in New Mexico. Foster and her group of researchers take him to a local hospital where he continuously tries to escape and return to Asgard. The Scientists think he is a bit strange. Meanwhile a Hammer is discovered in the New Mexico Desert and many people try to lift it but are unable to do so (it’s like the sword of King Arthur). SHIELD Arrive and take control of the site and take Fosters Research. Thor escapes the Hospital and tries to recover his Hammer. He goes through the entire base and no one is able to stop him but when he tries to lift his hammer the Spell Odin put on it stops Thor from lifting it.  Thor is captured and gets interrogated by SHIELD Operative Phil Coulson.

Back in Asgard Loki discovers that he was an adopted son, he is actually a frost giant adopted by Odin. Overcome with Stress Odin falls asleep to recuperate. Loki takes charge and offers the Frost Giants the chance to Kill Odin and take the Casket, They accept. Meanwhile Sif, Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun are unhappy with Thor’s Exile and convince Heimdall Gate Keeper of the Bifrost Bridge (a way of travelling between worlds) to allow them to travel to Earth and bring back Thor.

Thor manages to escape from SHILED with the help of Fosters Mentor Dr. Selvig.  Thor tells Jane of Asgard and the bridges that connect the worlds. Sif, Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun arrive on Earth and locate Thor. Loki knows of their plan and sends The Destroyer. A Big Indestructible Automaton and tells it to kill Thor and his Friends. Thor’s friends are defeated by it and Thor asks Loki to kill him and spare his friends. The Destroyer attacks Thor and nearly kills him; however this is a cause worthy enough for him to wield the Mjolnir. The Hammer flies out of the ground and returns to Thor giving him back his Power. Thor defeats the Destroyer and returns to Asgard with his Friends Kissing Jane Goodbye and vowing to return.

Back on Asgard Loki reveals his true plan, he kills the Frost Giants sent to kill Odin, he can then use this attempt on Odin’s life to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifrost  Bridge proving himself to Odin. Thor battles Loki and destroys the Bifrost  Bridge stranding himself on Asgard. Odin reawakens and saves the brothers falling through the worlds. Loki allows himself to fall to his death knowing that he has disappointed Odin once again. Thor makes amends with his father Odin and admits that he is not ready to be king. Meanwhile on Earth Jane and her team look for a way to open a portal to Asgard so she can reunite with Thor.

With this being a Marvel Film there is an extra scene after the Credits but you are going to have to find that out about that yourself.

Thor is a Very Good Film. It has a story which is set in a simple layout of Beginning, Middle and End. It is not too complicated either which makes it a thrilling story and very interesting as well. The Cast help the story out with Chris Hemsworth playing Thor. Hemsworth is not playing Thor; He is Thor, the role was made for Hemsworth. Natalie Portman plays Jane Foster in another amazing role; this along with Star Wars and V for Vendetta is another brilliant film role for Portman. Anthony Hopkins plays Odin, I have not seen many Anthony Hopkins films, alright one and that was The Mask of Zorro but he was brilliant in this as well as he was in Zorro. Idris Elba plays Heimdall the Gate Keeper. His non emotional look makes him look fearsome and dangerous. Heimdall does not appear as much as the other characters but his scenes are very Good. The cast includes many other characters like Dr. Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård. Kat Dennings character Darcy Lewis is very good as one of Jane Fosters Assistants.

In terms of a soundtrack you don’t really notice one because you are engrossed in the film. I do think for this film the perfect choice for the music would be some Heavy Metal; it just seems to come together when you think about it. The films effects are also well made; it is one of those now rare occurrences where the film makers stopped working on the effect when the effect was achieved. They got to a point where they achieved a realistic effect and just left it there, they did not do anymore to it they just left it and it works. I was a bit sceptical about the choice of Director for the film. I was unsure how Kenneth Branagh was going to make a Superhero Movie, but it was a very Good film and he has made something Special.

Overall Thor is an amazing film with a Brilliant Story, Brilliant Characters and Brilliant Effects. It is an amazing film and if you like Superhero movies you will love this, Watch Thor it is one of the Movie Events of the Year (along with Transformers 3, Sherlock Holmes 2 and Battle Los Angeles).

GENEPOOL

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