Thor

(2011)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Review: Thor

Transcript for Review: Thor

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY
That's Chris Hemsworth in THOR. I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com 

CHRISTY LEMIRE
And I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.  We're starting out this week with a bang -- the first blockbuster of the summer -- the Marvel Comic adventure "Thor." Which, weirdly, was directed by Kenneth Branagh -- and it's in 3-D -- two ideas that would seem incongruent. But bear with me. Thor -- the arrogant god of thunder, played by Australian hottie Chris Hemsworth -- is exiled from the mythical realm of Asgard when he starts trouble with a rival faction.

Clip 1 -- I cast you out. Odin strips Thor of his power and hammer.
 
CHRISTY
That's Anthony Hopkins as his dad, Odin, who isn't too happy with him. Thor lands in New Mexico , where a group of scientists played by Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgaard and Kat Dennings discovers him. And here's where the movie really picks up.
 
Clip 2 -- In the hospital. Thor fights off doctors.
 
CHRISTY
But it turns out that when Thor was sent to Earth, so was his mighty hammer. He tracks it down in the middle of the desert, but a bunch of government bad guys led by Clark Gregg have already beaten him to it. Still ... he's Thor. Who's gonna stop him?
 
Clip 3 
 
CHRISTY
"Thor" is unintentionally ridiculous for the first half-hour or so, especially if you're not familiar with the mythology. But it kicks into gear with reliable fish-out of-water humor -- which is standard for any superhero story -- and allows Hemsworth to show he's not just a fighter, but a comic, and even a bit of a lover too. "Thor" did not need to be in 3-D, and as usual I kept lifting up my glasses up over and over to see what the movie actually looked like. Still, I had way more fun than I expected. So Thumbs up from me.
 
IGNATIY
This movie is a lot of fun.  A lot of really weird, sort of psychedelic fun.  You know, everyone is running across rainbow bridges and fighting ice giants.  I feel like the problem with the…with a lot of comic book movies is backstory and you know needing to establish all of this exposition.  Especially I feel like with Marvel comics because with DC you know those elements I think aren’t as important as you know maybe what the character symbolizes.
 
CHRISTY
But it kind of dumps you into the middle of it like here you are in this weird dark realm.
 
IGNATIY
Well, yeah the way this solves the problem is just by dumping you into the middle of it and you know, well they live on a mountain in space and you know they’re Norse Gods who are also kind of space aliens and you just sort of have to accept it without very much explanation.
 
CHRISTY
But a lot of that’s also very dark and the ice giants that they’re fighting living in these like ice caves and so again, like Mars Needs Moms, it’s in 3D, and the glasses make them even dimmer, so it’s really hard to tell what’s going on in a lot of that big chunk in the beginning.
 
IGNATIY
Yeah, that’s true.  I think I would have rather seen this film in 2D and I imagine that It probably looks better, but when they’re in Asgard it’s quite bright and colorful.
 
CHRISTY
And when they’re in New Mexico it’s quite bright and colorful and it’s much preferable there and it’s actually a lot of fun.  I love the scene in the hospital where he’s just tearing through stuff and he is aware of his own enormous, ridiculousness in this setting.
 
IGNATIY
Well, this you know…Thor is inherently kind of a silly character.  I think out of all the marvel you know, major marvel superheroes, he’s definitely the silliest and  this movie know it and it has a lot of fun with that and as you mentioned there’s a lot of this kind of fish out of water humor, but it’s not the usual staring at a computer or a cell phone and asking you know, what kind of devilry this is.
 
CHRISTY
Well I think also part of, the reason that Kevin Branaugh makes sense here…there’s some clarity of storytelling from someone who really knows how to direct with this material.