Kenneth Branaugh returns to Scanadanavia and fails
Watching "Thor", I received a whole new experience that I never had while at the movie theater,http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/review_add.php?g=Film&tt=Thor
and not in a good way.
It was the first time I had felt bored enough to text while watching a movie.
But, that's not start this review out being totally critical. Let's start with the good parts first:
I loved Loki. Now, I can barely tell between your middle school play lead and an Oscar winner (some with more refined taste might say that there's none) but I felt that was one of the best performances I've ever seen. His nuanced, submissive posture with the puppy-dog eyes look instantly captured me, despite me well knowing of his villainous comic book history. His deference and seeming timidness simply made him so sympathetic to me.
However, the good parts pretty much end there. None of the characters are likable as Loki is, perhaps not even combined. First, the movie starts of with Jane Foster, retooled as a physicist. Despite her talk of her supposed love of physics and her reference to Arthur C. Clarke's famous magic and technology line, nothing about her seemed remotely intelligent at all. Then we have two other characters, her mentor-advisor and their assistant, who fail to contribute anything substantial to the plot.
The titular character is not much better. I'm not too familiar with his original personality, but whoever this is in the movie is complete jerk, who recklessly endangers his kingdom with his group of god buddies (who seem to lack names) like some stereotypical bonehead. He is supposed to become heroic, but nothing in the movie actually seems like it would give a well-written character development. So he changes because of...magic?
The absolute worst part of this movie was the attempted romance. Natalie Portman's character and Thor have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever, but it appears that it's her love is what changes Thor's ways for the better. I think Twilight did the romance better.
For someone who was allowed directed the masterpiece Hamlet, this is sure a disappointment. Sure "Thor" the comic book is no Shakespeare, but someone like Kenneth with such supposed ability should've been able to come up with something better.
17th Sep 11
I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt Loki was absolutely amazing in that movie and very likeable and sympathetic. Even when the lies and the manipulation came out it just added to the brilliance of his character and I found myself making excuses for him
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There was almost a Flash Gordon-esque, gaudy charm to the Norse world visuals (almost). But as I said, it didn't really resemble anything that would imply the city of an adventure loving, beer swilling, viking pantheon. What makes it worse is that the earth setting is an ugly, uninteresting, desert wasteland. Alright, I understand the need for a podunk, unlikeable dump for the sake of contrast (to show how far Thor had fallen), but I think they could have picked a more original, visually interesting setting. Colourwise, the sands of the desert weren't very far from the golden walls of Asgard, so it didn't even contrast like it should. It needed somewhere with more greens and blues.
18th Jan 12
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