You’ll likely find Thor familiar when you first see it, because it’s actually similar to a lot of situations we’ve already seen him in. But the big deal here is that we’re getting a look at him on a much bigger screen, and in a much bigger environment. Today we’re talking Thor, and it’s all about the big.
Thor takes us to Asgard, in which Odin and all the various Norse types are taking on the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, which is something of a classic in both Norse mythology and Thor in general. The Asgardians win, seizing the Casket of Ancient Winters in the process, which is the center of the Frost Giants’ power. Fast forward about a thousand odd years where Thor, Odin’s son, is about to take the throne of Asgard when the Frost Giants burst in, wanting their casket back. Thor goes after them, and in the process, gets thrown out of Asgard. Turns out Odin didn’t want him going after them. But now, Thor’s on Earth, Mjolnir’s been cursed by Odin himself to not work for anyone but “the worthy”, and Thor’s just an ordinary schmoe. Can he recover his power in the face of plotting from his brother Loki and the attacks of a horde of enemies on Earth?
Like I said, it’s all about the big. Stick around after the credits, by the way, because you’ll get good old Sam Jack back in his Nick Fury role, giving us one last little shot of something I can’t tell you about without spoilering. But based on this little extra shot, they’re really going to get something interesting going on by the time the Avengers movies start showing up.
Plus, like Kenna said, this is definitely an action movie the ladies can get behind, as Chris Hemsworth will not only be frequently shirtless (which, sadly, neither Kat Dennings nor Natalie Portman will join in on) but he will also wrestle a guy in a big field of mud. Yes, ladies, you’re welcome.
Now here’s the thing–this is a lot like Iron Man. It’s big and loud and very much a summer movie, and since it’s May, that’s really not out of line. Admittedly, there’s nothing too cerebral here, but you’ve got to give it an edge by its sheer nature. You simply do not see many movies dependent on Norse mythology in theaters, and this is one of a very, very small pool that does. Meanwhile, you’ve got all the great parts of a summer movie, with lots of explosions and attractive people running around and fight scenes and everything that makes a summer movie clearly a summer movie.
You’ve got to hand it to them for truly pretty set design–the Rainbow Bridge out of Asgard is an impressive sight and there are some fantastic shots of the cosmos in general that beg to be watching on a big screen. But the story’s not the strongest, and frankly, there are plenty of things in here that will no doubt set comic book purists’ teeth on edge. Still though, it won’t be a waste of your ticket price, and will still be quite worthwhile.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Thor a more than passable seven out of ten. It’s impressive enough, and though there isn’t a whole lot in here story-wise, it’s still going to be pretty exciting and really take advantage of the bigger screens and louder sound systems.