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Thor (2011) - "This drink... I like it!"
Member Name: StormchaserHat
Advantages: Awesome visual design / Strong cast / Epic fights
Disadvantages: Fairly basic core story / Not for those who like their heroes to be 'gritty' or 'realistic'
With Avenger Assemble now out on DVD/BluRay, I am continuing in my series of reviews looking at the movies that lead us to this excellent piece of all-star superhero action. In this review, it's time to ride the lightning. It's Thor.
Drawing heavily on elements of classical Norse mythology, Thor is by far the most bizarre offering from Marvel Studios to date, yet still easily accessible to new fans and certainly a pleasure to watch. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), proud warrior and son of the king of Asgard, is banished to Earth after a reckless attack on an ancient enemy breaks a truce that has kept the peace for years. Rendered a mere mortal and stranded far from his home, Thor, with the help of a few new friends, must contend with government agents and the machinations of his duplicitous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in a bid to reclaim his power and prove himself a true hero.
Thor leaves the likes of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in the dust in terms of sheer spectacle. From the glittering golden cities of Asgard to the dark, frozen ruins of Jotunheim, Thor is packed with stunning visuals and set pieces, creating a truly awe-inspiring collection of worlds far removed from our own. The casting is excellent as well. Chris Hemsworth commands great respect as the eponymous hero, both as a brave demi-god warrior and as a confused deity suddenly faced with the humdrum everyday of mere mortal existence, while Tom Hiddleston is great in his role as the trickster, Loki. Everyone in this movie is fully committed and it shows (Antony Hopkins' Odin in particular positively steals the show), with even minor players giving memorable performances. The fights are hard-hitting, the emotional scenes are thoughtful and the gags will leave you chuckling for weeks to come. If I could level any criticism against this title it would be the unusual nature of the hero, but Thor embraces its premise wholeheartedly and sticks to it, delivering a memorable and striking superhero movie.
To say I liked Thor would be an understatement. Its unusual take on an otherwise well known legend makes this film a joy to watch for both comic fans and anyone looking for an over-the-top, full-bodied action romp.
Summary: Loved it from beginning to end. Definitely worthy of your attention if you haven't seen it already.