Thor Series

1 – Respectably serious tone with perhaps the best visuals of any Marvel movie, but flawed & esoteric. 6/10. / 2 – Slow, painfully dull sequel._3/10.

Thor (2011)

As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods’ enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Most Memorable Moment: Thor vs. Frost Giants first battle scene

Pros: Perhaps the most visually stunning Marvel movie with great cinematography and colors especially depicting the otherworldly planets and battle scenes, Asgard looks beautiful with vibrant golds and fantastical design, Chris Hemsworth great in of Thor (looking in hindsight post-Avengers 2) – but a little smug and arrogant here making him unlikeable, tone MUCH more respectably serious than modern Marvel movies like Thor: Ragnarok – has comedy and light-hearted Marvel aura but still takes itself and its craft seriously which I respect immensely, good acting all around by supporting Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba, good action sequences, Nathalie Portman absolutely beautiful as Thor’s love interest, cool references and scenes like King Arthur people trying to pick up Mjolner from the ground, Loki’s betrayal and power-hungriness storyline a good Shakespearean-esque and intriguing plot that is different for comic book movies, Thor trying to fit in in America scenes hilarious, Thor vs. Loki fight delivers an epic (if short) conclusion

Cons: Can be a little difficult to follow an esoteric for people not familiar with Norse mythology and all of the terminology, the frost giants just not a compelling villain in any sense of the word, Thor’s cockiness and smug attitude is off-putting and makes him very unlikeable – bizarre for an origin movie where the first and foremost goal should be to make the hero likable and one that understandable makes this movie very hard to truly love, Robot-creature battle scene dissolves from potentially epic to a clichéd and poor CGI battle, kind of boring overall honestly – feels about 20 min too long too (combination of esoteric plot and too many slow pacing points), Jane and Thor’s romance rushed

Overall Rating: 6/10

Thor 2: The Dark World

In ancient times, the gods of Asgard fought and won a war against an evil race known as the Dark Elves. The survivors were neutralized, and their ultimate weapon — the Aether — was buried in a secret location. Hundreds of years later, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) finds the Aether and becomes its host, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to bring her to Asgard before Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) captures her and uses the weapon to destroy the Nine Realms — including Earth.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Most Memorable Moment: final act fight scene in London

Pros: Thor more likeable post-Avengers 1 as Hemsworth has really grown into the role – also a better fighter and much better costume , better CGI (obviously the result of an upped-budget, even if the colors are slightly dulled bizarrely), Nathalie Portman even more stunningly beautiful here, Jane’s possession by the dark matter an interesting storyline (although underdeveloped and never comes to fruition), death scene always a rarity and respectable decision in the MCU, cool easter eggs like the Captain America cameo, great final act with strong CGi and battle seuqnces that would’ve had tremendous impact if it didn’t come so late and after such a boring first 3/4,

Cons: opening scene pretty formulaic, battle scenes still kind of weak with Thor being kind of nerfed, still esoteric in its execution and talk of different planets and peoples – don’t really encounter this with other sci-fi films that can explain properly but I get thoroughly bored and it can’t hold my attention enough to even want to try to figure out what’s going on, Jane and Thor’s romance still rushed, pacing too slow, story execution dull, Odin far less likeable and stomachable here, retreading of 1’s storylines like Loki,a lot of the jokes feel misplaced, painful first 3/4 that eventually gets great but boring until

Overall Rating: 3/10

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