Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Movies I've Seen: Thor
Was actually a lot of fun, with their depiction of the Norse Gods seemingly coming from the same place as Grant Morrison's version of the New Gods from Final Crisis (unsuprising, their both Kirby inventions). That is to say, rather than being aliens with things that are recognisable as ray guns and the like, the Asgardians are the literal embodiment of Clarke's Law.
The references to other parts of the Marvel Movie Universe weren't TOO distracting, the villain was well done and Chris Helmsworth did a really good job at being a boisterous prick as well as a more humble version of himself later in the movie.
I was also pleased that pretty much everyone that had a speaking role has a fair bit to do, and even characters that you'd expect to be relegated to just being a cameo had a fair bit of character growth and stuff.
Dr. Erik Selvig, played by Stellan Skarsgard, for example, goes a bit further than being "token mentor/European scientist who grew up with the stories of Thor and etc".
Natalie Portman put in yet another fun performance as a smart leading lady, who kind of acts in a similar manner to Pepper Potts over in the Iron Man movie.
And Heimdall, Idris Elba, was all kinds of awesome. So screw you, racist people who complained about him getting the part because he was black!
Don't forget to stay until the post-credit clip, as well as their being people called Withamage and Stonebreaker (or something similar, a weirdly dwarfy name it was to do with stones), it also pretty much sets up the Avengers movie.
In all, a fun watch and suprisingly well put together movie for someone who I don't think has done that much action, science fiction or fantasy (in a directing capacity, I'm aware he was in Wild Wild West and Harry Potter),