Monday, September 05, 2011


You know, after hearing all of the comparisons between Thor and Green Lantern, I expected it to be better. People were downright brutal when at heart, they're very similar movies, with each learning how to become a hero. Thor does have Anthony Hopkins and dudes being smacked by a hammer, so there is that.

That's not to say it's a bad movie, but the way people raved about it, I thought it was going to be the bees knees. I can't say I'm much of a Thor fan though I do enjoy the character in the comics. He's a fun guy. Drinks. Fights. Drops lightning bolts on people. In this case, we're exposed to the more arrogant, not yet a hero version of Thor. He is the son of the king and feels pretty entitled to being the heir and doing whatever the hell he wants. Unfortunately, that backfires and he's exiled to earth to learn a little humility. That's ok though, since he's palling around with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.

If that's what exile brings you, sign me up, because it sounds pretty fucking awesome.

It's a decently written movie with good performances from the cast and good special effects. I particularly enjoyed the way they had the advanced civilization of the Asgardians be portrayed as gods. The outfits are a step up from the comics, too, though honestly the only one that would be a problem is Loki, as he's kind of goofy. They do his costume justice here.

I think the high point of the film is the appearance by another Avenger in it. I think that got the biggest thrill from me as the dude in there is quite a badass. Just another way that Marvel shows they know what they're doing with their universe building. They name drop other heroes and they show up in the films and it makes you feel like there's actually some substance to it all. Contrast this to the DC world where the heroes never meet.

All in all, Thor is a fun film, but I think Green Lantern hit more of the right notes for me as a fan of the comics. That doesn't mean I'm not psyched for Avengers though. I cannot wait for that movie.

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