Over the past decade, Comic book wonder Marvel has enjoyed a very successful run in the box office, with the likes of Spiderman and Iron Man. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, Thor was always going to be a hard one for Marvel to successfully pull off.
Fortunately for Thor, Marvel bagged a very interesting director to lead the way. Kenneth Branagh who is usually doing something Shakespearean, gave this comic book adaptation literally a comic feel. The only way for it to work was essentially, to pick up the comic book and paste it onto the big screen.
Fully loaded with CGI worlds and monsters, (something the other Marvel films don’t really have) the film is about the Viking God of Thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), who disobeys his father’s order by breaking a truce between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants (who are really huge). Because of his arrogance, Odin takes away Thor’s Godly powers and exiles him to earth, where he is accidentally run over, whilst landing, by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). While Thor simply doesn’t understand that you can’t go into a pet shop asking for a horse, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to try and keep Thor banished, make an alliance with the Frost Giants and take over the throne of Asgard.
Home and Away star Chris Hemsworth really does play a very convincing Thor. He looks the part and gives off that charming yet comedic innocence of being a stranger on earth. Showing off his buffed up body and strength with the infamous hammer, don’t expect too much of a love story. Hemsworth and Portman have enough screen time together, but sparks don’t fly as much as some might expect.
The CGI was quite impressive. It’s evident a lot of imagination went into it. The designs may have been a little too extravagant, but it does show off what is capable of our present technology, and brings us into a new world.
One disappointment is the 3D. With a huge amount of CGI, you would think yes an IMAX experience! But no, it’s not. The 3D is really pointless as there’s nothing 3D about it. You’d be watching a 2D film with glasses on.
Quite like Iron Man, it’s about the beginning, so there’s more of a story then things being blown up, setting us up for sequels and for the Avengers film next year. It’s not a stand alone film. If you’re a Marvel fan, you won’t be disappointed. Branagh shows that he wasn’t afraid of putting the simple and witty on screen, without going overboard (like the 2003 Hulk). Think Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) meets Guillermo Del Toro (Hell Boy). Also as always, watch all the way after the credits, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) makes yet another appearance setting us up for next summer’s blockbuster.