Monday, November 21, 2011
Movie Review: Thor
I'd put off watching this movie because I thought it would be another one dimensional super hero adventure, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does it have an outstanding cast: Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Stellan Skasgard, it has a great character arc and some meaty messages. It doesn't end all happily ever after, either.
Thor starts off as an arrogant but powerful god about to inherit kingship of his realm. Before the ceremony can be completed, dark forces invade the castle interrupting his appointment. Thinking he can rid the kingdom of the dark forces forever, Thor goes to the underworld. But all he does is start a war. The king casts him out to Earth where he meets Natalie Portman. Falling in love with her teaches him lessons that make him worthy of being King.
The movie starts with a bunch of CGI graphics so fantastic it made my eyeballs hurt. But then, when Thor gets to Earth, all of the show gets put away, and some great characterization develops. It was hilarious to see the mighty Thor suffer the same problems as a human, and be brought to his knees by something as simple as a taser. Natalie Portman is great as a meteorologist on a quest to find answers. Her sharp tongue is just what Thor needs to realize he's not all that. Anthony Hopkins as the mighty King of Asgard, was wonderful, as always.
What will stay with me is the end (which I won't mention here).
I recommend this movie to anyone wanting to see a great super hero flick with outstanding actors and more depth that the average CGI adventure.