Respectably serious tone with arguably the best and most dazzling visuals and cinematography of any Marvel movie to date, plus a well-cast mighty lead in Hemsworth and snakey Loki, Thor is almost passable but flawed & esoteric in ~contrived storyline. 5.2/10.
Plot Synopsis: 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*
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: 5.2/10