So I finally saw that Thor movie. My Tumblr has been filled with nothing but Thor fangirl squee for about 2 weeks now, which sorta turned me off to going to the theater to see it. I was going to wait until it was available on Netflix, but then my boyfriend told me it was good and that he liked it. So I thought there must be something to this movie if he liked it, because he’s more inclined to hate a movie for being stupid storyline-wise than I am.
I have to say, it was pretty good! Basically, a really subpar, rushed script was elevated to being decently entertaining through great performances by a perfect cast, well-done visuals/special effects, and a very strong, well-developed emotional connection with the audience. Its level of quality is actually very, very similar to Tron Legacy.
I don’t think I’ve seen either of the actors who played Thor and Loki in any other movie, and this is kinda surprising to me because they both did a fantastic job.
Thor…… wow. Visually, that actor was impeccable for the role. I thought golden-haired Adonises like that didn’t actually exist in the real world but oh my was I wrong. He had this perfect blend of badass - with being super well-built and having scruffy facial hair - and kindness – his smile and eyes are really gentle. And there was this 20 second span of time in the movie where he’s shirtless and his jeans are sitting really low on his hips. Mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I could stare at him forever. 83
Loki was also perfectly cast. He’s skinnier, more frail-looking, with a more vulnerable face. Whenever he’s pulling some kind of con on the other characters he makes this poker face that’s just so cute. You know in his head he’s like “lololololol.”
Like I said, the visuals in this movie are really, really well done. The characters’ relationships are enforced by the personality created through the casting and costumes. Even from the opening scenes you get a sense of Thor and Loki’s relationship just from their contrasting body types, faces and body language alone.
There’s also a really good supporting cast. Natalie Portman is super cute and super believable in this movie. Although I don’t remember if this movie passed the Bechdel Test or not, that’s okay – the female characters are involved in what’s going on.
Ehhh, the problem with this movie is parts of the story which don’t make a lot of sense. I don’t know whether it’s explained more in the comics or not but some elements I was lost on through the whole movie. For example, what the hell is Odin Sleep? Odin seemed to just collapse for no reason and go into a coma. Is he diabetic or something?? I had no idea what was going on with that while I was watching it, but I found out on Google what it was when I got home. And all the explanations of it are about 2 sentences long. WHY COULDN’T THEY PUT A SIMILARLY SIMPLE EXPLANATION IN THE MOVIE?
Also, I wasn’t completely clear on what Loki’s plan was. (Yeah, Loki is the villain. I don’t think this is a big spoiler for you guys. It’s alluded to in like the first 20 minutes. Also, he’s the freaking god of deceit.) There’s a revelation about his character about 30 minutes or so into the movie, and it never becomes clear what effect this had on the plan he’d made before finding out about it. It’s a pretty big revelation that I think would change his motivation at least a little bit, or make him pause and reconsider aspects of what he was intending to do. This doesn’t really seem to happen. While his motivation was pretty clear, they only really address it for about 30 seconds towards the end of the movie. I would have liked to get to know what was going on with him a little better.
I’ve heard complaints that there was too much S.H.I.E.L.D. in this movie, but I didn’t think so. Their involvement was important to the story and was a believable, realistic development considering what was going on. You could have simply replaced them with the government/CIA and it would have been believable for the same reason. If there’s one thing to complain about with the S.H.I.E.L.D. stuff, it would be the lackluster glance at Hawkeye that got shoehorned in for no apparent reason. He doesn’t even fire his bow a single time.
Overall it was a satisfying experience and I think it was worth it to see it in theaters and not wait for Netflix. And I may have to participate in the fangirl squee now.
Is it me, or is Loki a lot like Clu from Tron Legacy? They’re both angry, emo and have complex daddy issues. Hmmm.