Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thoughts On Thor (2011)

I am a hardcore Marvel fan and yet I've never been a regular reader of a Thor title.

I devoured the reprints of certain issues of Journey Into Mystery and The Mighty Thor because they contained some amazing artwork from Jack Kirby. And I briefly read the title around the time when I was reading virtually every monthly title from Marvel for the last few years of my youthful comics reading years (1981 to 1982).

So Thor doesn't mean as much to me as Captain America or the Fantastic Four.

The summer of 2011 is gonna see 3 comic books once thought unfilmable (The Mighty Thor, The Green Lantern, and Captain America) turned into blockbusters.

Thor, from director Kenneth Branagh, got here first so here goes.

First off, Chris Hemsworth is great. While I prefer my God of Thunder to be the clean-shaven one, Hemsworth looks and acts like Thor should act. Well done.

Okay, the 3D is a distraction and it seemed like only the Asgard scenes benefited from that optical effect.

Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo were miscast but Hopkins came off a bit better than I expected him to.

The rest of the cast, with the exception of Kat Dennings, was fine.

There was not enough action and the film felt like one long introduction to The Avengers.

Asgard looked a bit chintzy; maybe the 2D version looks better?

And despite the sound effects, Mjolnir always looked vaguely plastic.

Not the massive failure it could have been but not the type of thing to make me gasp in wonder like many of Jack Kirby's Thor panels did.