Movie Review — Thor (2011)

Thor is the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgård. The film tells the story of Asgard’s crown prince, Thor (played by Hemsworth), and how he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers. This leads Thor on a quest to prove himself worthy and reclaim what’s rightfully his.

Thor is probably my least favorite hero among the really big heroes (you know, the ones with the big name blockbusters?), and his two movies (as of time of writing) have been some of the MCU films that I have enjoyed the least. I distinctly remember coming out of the theatre after watching this movie feeling a little empty. It really just didn’t leave me much to remember it by.

Before I delve into the negatives, I’d like to talk about some of the positives. Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki are some really great casting decisions on the part of Marvel. These two are great in their roles, and they are the most memorable things in the movie. They proved to be great casting choices back in 2011, and they still prove to be until now (2017)

The special effects are also commendable. The makeup for the frost giants in the film is great. The fact that these giants weren’t done entirely in CGI is really refreshing, and adds a depth of reality to this film.

Apart from this, I’d have to say Thor is a pretty bland movie. I did enjoy it, as I do enjoy all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but I’m not adverse to saying that it really is bland. Thor spends most of the movie as a human, and I feel like this kind of hurts the film. I look back on the movie now, and there really is no iconic scene that I can remember from it and hold on to.

That being said, it did contain enough action to keep a 12-year-old me happy and excited during the movie. It’s a perfectly okay movie that does just enough to tie itself into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m going to give it a 69/100.

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