For months I have been hesitant towards Thor. I didn't know what to expect out of an unknown lead (Chris Hemsworth) and a Shakespearean actor turned director (Kenneth Branagh). Sure there were Oscar winners in the film (Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins), but that doesn't guarantee a good film. So the Summer movie season has kicked off in full swing. I skipped on Fast Five last week and watched Thor instead, let's get it started in here.
What I liked about the movie:
The Storytelling, director
Branagh is a wonderful actor. His work has been solid for well over a decade... as an actor. Why elect him to direct a big budget Summer film? Well, here's my two cents. He was perfect in his storytelling. He understood how to divide the story between Asgard and Earth. He made Asgard a grand, mythical place while keeping it believable. The parts on Earth were tastefully done and grounded in reality. It was just the right tone and pacing necessary for a something as mythical as Thor. He knew how to direct Hemsworth, and in turn got a wonderful performance out of him. The editing was solid as well. The only thing I would critic Branagh for was his lighting, which I'll explain later.
Anthony Hopkins. He is the stern father figure we would expect Odin to be, but has a sensibility that any good father must posses. The primary villain in the film is Thor's half-brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston nails it! I loved his performance in this film. He is vengeful and sinister. The only thing I didn't like was the "turn". We get to see Loki's motivation for turning on his family, but it would have been nice to dig deeper; especially considering it has been officially announced that Loki will be the primary villain for The Avengers film.
Kat Dennings; who despite all the hate online, I thought was blessed with some of the best one-liners in the film. Portman's mentor is played by the great Stellan Skarsgard who did great with what little screen time he had.
The Visual Effects
What I didn't like about the movie:
The lighting, cinematography
Satisfying to all
they spent too much time during Iron Man 2 setting up The Avengers, they didn't do that so much in this film. But they did set up the villain. Loki and his powers should be a worthy opponent of the superhero team.