Movie Review: “Thor”

Samantha Huff

Movie Review: Thor

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

Genre: Science Fiction/Action

Main characters: Thor Odinson, Loki Laufeyson, Odin Allfather, Jane Foster, and Heimdall the Gatekeeper.

Played By: Chris Hemsworth(Thor), Tom Hiddleston(Loki), Anthony Hopkins(Odin), Natalie Portman(Jane), and Idris Elba(Heimdall).

Setting: This movie takes place in two places. Present-day Puente Antiguo, New Mexico, and also in The Realm Eternal, Asgard.

Summary: After nearly igniting a vicious war between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants, Asgard`s most fearsome enemy, Thor is banished by his father, Odin, to Earth for his arrogance. Once there, Thor quickly finds out that being mortal is no cup of tea. To survive on Earth, Thor forms an unlikely alliance with a reserved, analytical astrophysicist named Jane Foster. Together, they strive to get Thor off of Earth before the government finds out that he is there, and also to protect Asgard from the power-hungry clutches of Thor’s younger adopted brother, Loki. After many triumphs , and also many hardships, Thor gains his powers back, when he finally figures out that it is not the brawn or size of a man that makes him a hero; it is the size of the man`s heart that makes them a true hero…

These scores rate the specifics of the movie:

  • Special Effects: 5 out of 5.
  • Music: 5 out of 5.
  • Costume Design: 5 out of 5.
  • Lighting: 4 out of 5.
  • Quality of Acting: 5 out of 5.
  • Quality of Sound: 5 out of 5.

 

The best scenes in the movie:

  • When Thor is banished from Asgard.
  • When Thor explains the Nine Realms  to Jane.
  • When Loki tells Thor that he never wanted to rule Asgard, but all he just  wanted to be  Thor’s equal.

Scenes that were not so good:

  • When Loki lets himself fall into the abyss of space, after a crushing blow to his hope of being the best son from his father, Odin. This scene was very powerful, but left me feeling very sad.

Outstanding individual performances:

 

  • Rene Russo as Lady Frigga. Her role as the loving mother to Thor and Loki was heartfelt and sentimental.
  • Anthony Hopkins as Odin. He portrayed the role of an almighty warrior king very well.
  • Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig. His role as a father figure and best human friend to Thor was stern, but kind and sweet, as well. He really does help Thor see the brighter side of being human in his exile. He portrayed Erik very well.
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Loki is very different from Tom`s typical roles as a romantic heroine or brave savior. Loki is a dark, dastardly villain who was turned that way out of hurt pride and a broken heart. Tom`s acting has a way of tugging at your heartstrings, even if you absolutely hate everything about Loki. You will probably end up feeling sorry for him at the end of the movie.
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor. His role as the once arrogant and self-centered God of Thunder, turned soft, caring protector of the people of earth is a role that Chris plays exquisitely, with real passion and talent behind the role.

Performances that were less than adequate:

 

  • Idris Elba’s performance  as Heimdall was dispassionate , and very cold overall.

I would estimate that about 95% of the movie was factual, with information from the myths and comic books, so that much of it was believeable. Some of the facts were either switched around, or entirely incorrect . Some examples: Odin’s loss of his right eye was not in fact a war injury. In Norse mythology, Odin was said to have plucked out his eye, in order to gain the gift of wisdom from the Fates. Loki`s true father Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, was not in fact his father. In mythology, Laufey was actually a giantess, Loki`s mother.

 

I would most sincerely recommend this movie to any Marvel Comics fan, or to any Norse Gods fan, as well. To anyone who wants to see the dwelling place of  the gods from another world, or anyone who enjoys a movie with rising heroes and villains being conquered, this is a movie for you!