“Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth as punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth, the hammer-wielding Thor will learn what it takes to be a true hero in order to save mankind.“
So I went to a midnight IMAX screening of Thor. I’m trying to weigh the movie if it was worth the really late night after four sleepless days, and I have to say that–while the movie is good, it’s really not something to stay up late for.
I’m a fan of Marvel characters, and some of the Marvel movies. I thought it’s brilliant how the heroes aren’t aliens from other planets or insanely rich sociopaths with parental issues. Thor being who he is, a Norse god in the modern age, I was curious as to how the movie would unfold.
Now, before I go into talking about the movie, I would first like to say that I am not familiar with Thor as a myth or as a comic hero. Basically, I have a general knowledge of him coming into the movie, and not much of anything else. I just wanted to get it out there.
All right, now let’s talk about the movie.
Thor is saddled with telling two stories set in two different worlds: The first story, the main one, deals with a war that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) supposedly caused when he provoked the Frost Giants; while the second story is set in Earth, where our protagonist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) crosses paths with Thor after he is banished to our world by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Why do I say saddled? Because while both stories are interesting, they are competing with each other for screen time. I feel as if the main story, the one set in Asgard, got short-changed because the movie also needed to tie-in to what will happen in the Avengers movie that Joss Whedon is directing. Then again, if it weren’t for the second story, where we see a semblance of a love story between Thor and Jane, the movie may not have been a superhero movie at all! (Because it’s in the Earth setting that Thor does get to become a superhero.)
Personally, while I think the main story is meatier in terms of character development for Thor, I preferred the less-serious approach given to the story set in Earth. Thor is more charming and likeable in modern-day Earth. Then again, this second storyline, which deals with science and magic and S.H.I.E.L.D. feels a bit supplemental. Sure, it’s a complete story on its own, but because it’s running alongside the main plot of war in Asgard, it felt rushed: imagine, Thor and Jane Foster meet, go through the cat-and-dog phase, and fall in love in a matter of two days!
And then, just as the story is getting interesting, and we’re given the conflict that would have probably tied the two stories we were given more tightly–the closing credits come up. It’s leaves a promise of a sequel that would surpass this first one in terms of storytelling, but knowing that Thor reappears next in The Avengers, one can’t help but feel as if this whole movie was just a preparation for the much bigger Avengers movie.
With all of these said, I think the movie could’ve been better. I admire how they tried to tie-in the war in Asgard and the eventual connection Thor will have with the Avengers. But overall, the movie was just good. It wasn’t mind-blowing, it wasn’t fangasmic–but it could’ve been worse, so I’ll just be thankful that it wasn’t a mess.
Thor is out in theaters here in the Philippines beginning today.