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Movie Review: Thor

Rated PG-13 – 1h54

Since when did being a superhero get so psychedelic? The latest Marvel comic turned movie is a rather silly creation. What’s more is that Thor, with his cape, hammer and sensible beard may be one of the sillier superheroes there is.

We are shown that Thor (Chris Hemsworth), son of Norse god Odin is an arrogant but effective warrior. On the day the throne is supposed to be passed down to Thor, his realm is attacked by assassins. Instead of heeding his father’s warning to stay cool headed, Thor decides to seek revenge on his attackers.

Turns out that’s a bad decision, because the retaliation sparks what could be a massive war amongst enemies. For his arrogance, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While this is brewing, Thor’s younger brother takes cues from Shakespeare’s MacBeth in a decades long power struggle to one-up his older bro. Something is rotten on magic space mountain of Asgard.

You are forced to accept that Thor lives on a magic mountain in space that is connected to the other nine realms of the universe by a rainbow bridge. (Did Timothy Leary come up with the scenery?)

While on earth, there is some fun to be had with Thor being a fish out of water. Walking into a pet shop and demanding a horse or smashing your mug of coffee at a restaurant in celebration of its good taste makes for many chuckles.

Still, a very watered down performance from Natalie Portman and mediocre acting from Hemsworth wore me down. I did like the idea that Anthony Hopkins was a god and that Renee Russo was his queen of the world. They were high points in this tale which more or less disappointed.

I think what disappointed me is that I expect my superhero stories to take place here on earth. That’s what makes a hero super. They can do things above and beyond mortal man. Most of the Thor’s story takes place on his magic mountain in space. It felt much less like hero fighting the bad guy and more like a sci-fi fantasy story mixed in with Norse legend.

I was also disappointed in the fact that Thor felt like it was more of a set up for the upcoming Marvel flicks: Captain America: The First Avenger, due out in summer and The Avengers, due out next year.

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05/17/2011 6:53AM
Movie Review: Thor
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