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Capone thinks THOR is that rare superhero film that will appeal to geeks and non-geeks alike!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

I firmly believe that the key to any good movie based on popular source material—whether it be a comic book, a best-selling novel, a well-regarded play, etc.—is that the film adaptation appeals beyond those who are fans of the original material to begin with. I shouldn't have to be a fan of the Thor comic books, or even the Marvel Universe, to like the movie version of THOR. I may get more of a charge watching the characters from the Thor comics come to life if I were a fan going in, but I should get a pretty substantial jolt just seeing the imaginary realm of Asgard for the first time, or the incredible costumes, or The Destroyer, whether I've heard of these characters or not.

I'll admit, I'm kind of tired of positive reviews for Thor that incorporate the notion that "it's not a perfect film, but..." or "it's got problems, but..." Guess what, people? No movie is perfect and every movie has problems. Those are wasted words. The truth of the matter is that THOR is the best comic book movie since IRON MAN, and in some ways, it even surpasses that movie. The primary reason for its excellence is two-fold. Kenneth Branagh's direction is exactly what Asgard needs. After decades of directing films based on Shakespeare's works, he knows how to direct pomposity and make it sound cool. More than half the movie is set in a realm where everyone is a god, or thinks they're a god, and Branagh is gifted at taking dialogue that is meant to be heard in the furthest reaches of any size room and unstuff its hot air.

The other reason THOR works is Chris Hemswoth's thoroughly enjoyable performance as the God of Thunder. I particularly liked the scenes of him on Earth, trying to blend in but still assuming that those around him are lesser beings (well, they are, right?). Thor is banished to Earth without the source of his power, the leather-strapped hammer called Mjolnir. He's still a strapping giant of a man, so even without the incalculable power of the hammer, he's still a pretty strong dude. The banishment comes at the hand of his father the ruler of the Nine Realms, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), after Thor disobeys his order not to seek reprisal after a team of Ice Giants manage to sneak into Odin's Vault and almost steal back the source of their icy powers. They are stopped, but Thor is riled up enough to sneak out of Asgard with his warrior pals and brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who may have had a hand in coaxing Thor to go on this mission. As a result, he loses his place as the new king, is sent to Earth, and his hammer is sent as well with explicit instructions only to be wielded again by someone worthy.

I do want to single out Hiddleston's performance as Loki as being one of the best in the film. He never crosses over into a stock villain territory. In fact, he's smarter and more subtly persuasive than anyone around him. And in many ways, you kind of feel sorry for the guy for not being as handsome or strong or well regarded as his hot-headed brother. He also looks good in a horned helmet. It's encouraging and refreshing to have an adversary who possesses power in a comic book movie use primarily his smarts to arrange the world exactly how he wants it. Hiddleston is an actor I've never seen before, and I'm thrilled to know he's a primary villain in THE AVENGERS movie.

This would be a good time to admit, I was never much of a Thor comic book follower, although I did follow him through the pages of The Avengers. So I wasn't anticipating seeing Asgard, the Warriors Three, Heimdall, and everyone else in that realm on the big screen for the first time. Still, I was impressed by what I saw—a vast, fully-realized landscape of where both science and magic mesh as seamlessly as metal and cloth do in this plane of existence. I love the idea of the rainbow bridge (which looks nothing like a rainbow or a bridge) guarded by a giant Idris Elba as Heimdall.

With Asgard in peril, Odin going into a kind of regenerative hibernation, and Loki taking over the throne of his realm, Thor on Earth does what he can to retrieve his hammer and return to Asgard, which he doesn't know is in peril. I actually love the scenes of Thor on Earth. I've seen many reviewers call Hemsworth's Thor "charming," but that isn't really true. It's Jane Foster's (Natalie Portman) reaction to him that makes him charming. Foster is a scientist investigating atmospheric disturbances in the New Mexican desert with her partner Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings), when they literally run into Thor during a sandstorm. Pretty soon (as you know from the tag at the end of Iron Man 2) SHIELD comes to take charge of things when Mjolnir is found. Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson (as much a linking thread in the Marvel films as Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury) is the man in command, who at first confiscates all of Dr. Foster's equipment and research, but then enlists her team to help SHIELD.

Getting too much more into the plot than this probably isn't a good idea, but let me mention two things. One, as much as I love Kat Dennings in just about anything, she's kind of wasted here as nothing more than a character on hand to provide a hipster vibe. Her character could have easily be excised, and you never would have missed her. Second, yes there is a fun post-credits scene linking Thor to The Avengers. However, an almost ridiculously intercut moment occurring in the middle of the movie is worth mentioning. You may know what I'm talking about, but if you don't I won't be specific. Another Avengers character is included in the sequence in which Thor is running to retrieve Mjolnir from SHIELD. But if you really watch his inclusion in this sequence, he doesn't interact with any of the other characters, except by radio, clearly indicating that his inclusion in this movie was shot after the rest of the film was. It seems so blatantly crowbarred into the movie that it's a huge distraction. And yet, I kind of like having this character included here. I'm torn, but again, it could have been taken out and I never would have missed it.

And if you have the chance to choose between seeing THOR in 3D or not, please don't. Despite having so much time to do a bang-up job post-converting to 3D, it really doesn't do anything to improve this movie. Other than this little sticking point, and a couple of distracting minor characters, THOR is a great fantasy-action work with a stellar cast, beautifully designed sets and CG-created landscapes, wonderfully conceived heroes and villains, and enough humor and lighter moments to keep things from collapsing under their own weight. And for the Marvel diehards, you get your moments too, from quick references to other heroes in this universe to previews of big things to come. I think you're going to dig it immensely.

-- Capone
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  • May 6, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    First!

    by The Bear

    Wow, I am really racking up those First Points.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    1,395th

    by The Bear

    That's the place I'll be in line to see this movie, no matter how early I go.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    You guys only just getting this?

    by Prydie

    Damn, Australia had this two weeks ago. Awesome movie. Might be better in 2D.

  • Mark my words, Americans want some team AMERICA FUCK YEAH FUN.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Hehe talk about timing...

    by Goldfingah

    ...I just posted on the "Something Borrowed" review that I was wondering when Capone and Massa would weigh in on this flick considering Harry's already done so twice. Well, this was a review worth waiting for.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Goldfingah... er yeah.

    by SirGaryColeman

    Good timing.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Capone just submitted 10 reviews at the same time.

    by SirGaryColeman

  • May 6, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I typically will choose the 3d over 2d

    by MoffatBabies

    but if the conversion is bad, I'll skip it. I'd heard it actually wasn't bad though? Better than Alice? Alice looked amazing, but then again I'd heard that much of it was in fact primarily 3d and only the beginning (and end?) was truly shot and processed in 2d. The whole "doesn't add anything" bit could just as easily be applied to color and sound, so I don't buy into that. I just want to know, clearly, if the conversion is good or not. Can't wait to see the film, no matter which presentation tech is used.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    The Moment They "Crowbarred" In...

    by Goldfingah

    ...was actually a lot of fun to watch, though I totally agree with you on how it really looked like it was just shoved in there. I take some consolation from knowing that least there weren't any overtly blatant editing gaffes.

  • ... wasn't the shoehorned appearance of that other Avengers character. But rather, the fact that Coulson was sending guys to throw down with the attacking Thor, mano e mano. I mean, if some musclebound suspected terrorist really broke into a federal compound, do you think they'd be protecting their assets with fist fights?</p> </p> Apart from that, great film.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    and Capone

    by MoffatBabies

    your review was the one I was waiting for. No offense to any of the other writers, whose reviews are always interesting. Yours just seem to be more aligned with how I typically react to films.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    happyfat73

    by Goldfingah

    Ironically when you put it that way, the cameo-added-in-post-production actually makes a little more sense because then it meant that Thor was actually being covered by someone other than a guy using his bare hands to fight. But I doubt the guys at Marvel realized that this cameo actually helped (sort of) fix a glitch in their script. :D

  • May 6, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Reading my last post, now I feel stupid...

    by Goldfingah

    I didn't need to hyphenate "cameo added in post-production." It would have worked just fine without the hyphens.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    bibleman, you almost get a No-Prize...

    by Goldfingah

    but your chronology's a little off; Selvig only tried to pass Thor off as Blake after Thor had raided the compound and after he'd been caught, so at the time the punch-ups were happening S.H.I.E.L.D. had no idea who he was. But like I said the cameo (let it be known that I did not let the cat out of the bag), actually made sense because it meant that someone was covering Thor the whole time. Maybe I'm not giving Marvel enough credit; maybe they realized the cameo was an opportunity to fix the hole in the script a little bit, because that would certainly explain Coulson's "wait and see" bit of dialogue.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    There are only 2 good reasons to see this...

    by Ironhelix

    ...and they are mounted on Kat Dennings chest.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    @ironhelix

    by Happyfat73

    Kat Denning's sweater puppies are no reason to see this film - as they are never proudly on display. If its boobies you want, look elsewhere. Unless Chris Hemsworth's man-boob pecs count.</p> </p> Do they count?

  • May 6, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    @happyfat73

    by Ironhelix

    That makes my wiener sad.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Best super hero movie since Iron Man?

    by Tim Reardon

    What about Dark Knight?

  • May 6, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    I'm still trying to figure out...

    by SunTzu77

    I'm still trying to figure out why Thor has an Australian accent.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    No.

    by SunTzu77

    Thor isn't as good as Batman Begins, Dark Knight, or Iron Man. It's about on par with Iron Man 2 - perhaps a notch below. There is just too much hype around here.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    RE: Best super hero movie since Iron Man?

    by SirGaryColeman

    I gotta say, that sort of killed the review for me too. I normally agree with Capone's take on things, but Iron Man was not last good super hero film. Dark Knight, Kick Ass, Watchmen... all better films. I didn't dislike Iron Man, though. So if it's on par with Iron Man, I'll take it, I suppose.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Capone! Thanks!!!!!

    by Eternal Optimist

    This is going to rock everyone so hard that they'll be.... THOR.... from the experience! Can't wait to see this!!! Make mine.... MARVEL!!!!!!!!!

  • May 6, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Thor was stupid but will probably appeal to the gays

    by Majority

    I'm a pussy magnet and I hated it...

  • May 6, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Watchmen and TDK were far better films

    by Majority

    Just goes to show that DC is doing it right

  • May 6, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    sirgarycoleman

    by Monkey Butler

    Regardless of Thor's quality, Kick-Ass and Watchmen were both terrible.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    sirgarycoleman

    by Tim Reardon

    Watchmen had blue wang all up in it. You pussy magnet, you. Also, monkey butler is right...Watchmen was terrible.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Character crowbarred in

    by Bass Ackwards

    wasn't done for the benefit of this film, because you're right, it added nothing. It was done simply because they didn't wanted to have this character existing before The Avengers. So maybe props to big picture thinking, but minus points to being so lazy about it. And Iron Man is exactly the film I'd put this one on par with, I can see how its easy to fall into the trap of labeling this with a "best since...", simply because we've had so many duds in the years since (Hellboy II, Wolverine, The Spirit, Jonah Hex, Iron Man II, Green Hornet), but in the scope of superhero films, I'd mark this one as a good one, not one of the best, but its definitely up to snuff, a whole lot of fun, and puts in the leg work for a sequel and The Avengers. Of the origin films The Avengers had to get out of the way, Thor was one that I thought had no way of fitting and would just miss the mark. I'm glad to have been wrong on it.

  • http://www.angrycharliereviews.com/2011/05/thor-2011.html

  • May 6, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    If it's tolerable and unchallenging, Capone raves

    by IndustryKiller!

    Better than Massawyrm, who loves even the untolerable stuff. But still, Capone, you just like pretty much everything mind numbingly mediocre and above. And every review you say "yeah it was fun and I personally like the characters and the actors were all game and the action was well done enough..." You're not a terrible reviewer but why even bother when it's all so vanilla. Dig a little deeper, into yourself and the film.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Seen it twice

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    and both times the audience were totally into it. You could really tell the excitement was there. Great movie. Can't wait for viggeo's review ;)

  • May 6, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    cheesey does not equals fun

    by akkosa

    I kept expecting thor to look at the camera and wink every 5 minutes this shit movie is so full of camp. 2 of the longest hours of my life...

  • May 6, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Angry Charlie - Your Review

    by Autodidact

    It amounts to you whining that the movie is not just an origin story. THOR doesn't need to grow and change as a character. He's a god. I'm just glad there's a rainbow bridge in the movie.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Viggeo

    by Bass Ackwards

    I was actually right there with you, I'm no fan of Thor the comic, I thought the trailers looked stupid, and the clips were even worse. And when I started reading positive reviews I still just shrugged them off as people who must just be less critical or easier to please then me. But then I saw the film, and I dunno, it just worked. Not saying you'll have my experience, just that I was expecting this film to be a turd and came out pleasantly surprised and satisfied.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Tom Hiddleston

    by King_Knut

    Cracking, rending performance. I wanted to spend more time watching him battling with his own demons. I hope to see more of that in films to come. He did a hell of a lot with relatively little screen time (for a major villain). Great as he is in the movie, though, I think that this has probably got something to do with his long-standing relationship with Kenneth Branagh (they have done a West End play and two seasons of Wallander together, as well as other bits and bobs). It'll be interesting (and telling) to see what he produces in the Avengers, when he will be working with the rather less serious Joss Whedon, and (even though he is touted as the main villain) possibly even less screentime than in Thor, given the swamp of characters in that film. I can't imagine that his character will have quite as much family drama to bounce around with in The Avengers, and might be a bit more of a straight bad guy. I just hope that he can find that extra level somewhere in the script...

  • May 6, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    It's an okay popcorn movie but far from great

    by ratpack223

    Is a movie great these days if it doesn't suck ass?

  • May 6, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Oh, the rainbow bridge sucked by the way

    by ratpack223

    took me awhile to realize that that was the rainbow bridge. Again, the movie is okay, by far not as bad as I expected, but certainly not a masterpiece.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with a popcorn movie

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Even though Hamlet directed the thing, I'm not expecting Shakespeare.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    THOR is damn great!

    by Sanyi

    I enjoyed this movie very much. Branagh's direction was superb, Hemsworth was a good choice for Thor and...Well it IS great as Iron Man. Also, I saw it in3D (there was no choice) and it was not bad.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Devin Faraci

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Judging by DF's thoughts, THOR is not the movie that Capone makes it out to be. Devin says Asgard looks cheap, while Capone was impressed. Devin says the relationship between Thor & Jane has no meaning, Capone says otherwise. I usually tend to side with Capone on movies, whereas anymore it seems as if Devin dislikes everything.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Much better than expected.

    by monolithik

    I'd say that calling it on par with Iron Man as far as entertainment value is about right, but I'd also say it's the most impressive film Marvel has put out to date, simply because it had no right to work at all. I was seriously bracing for the worst... instead, it not only kept quite true to the comic, it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch, too. I just don't think a lot of people are taking into consideration that, in lesser hands, this reeaally could have been a horrible movie. All of Asgard could have easily been overly cheesy, ham-fisted and - the worst cinematic sin of all - boring, but it ended up being the better part of the film, by far. The only bad part? Natalie Portman. It was a mix of her not being given enough screen time and her not being able to play goofy, clumsy scientist in the first place. She needed to be the reason that Thor has a change of heart, aaand... she blew it. Okay, her and the hipstery "I'm Facebookin' it!" walking Apple advertisement. My lawn; off of it.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Since iron man

    by SpikedBuffy

    It's the best Marvel comic movie since iron man. I actually thought it was slightly better than iron man as well. Branagh was a great choice for directing.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    3D conversions...

    by deanbarry

    ...are such a fuck up. While Thor looked ok, a lot of scenes were just a blurry mess. Unfortunately, my cineplex only showed Thor in it's 3D incarnation, so I wasn't given a choice. I look forward to the blu ray 2D disc when it comes out though. This flick is going to get a work out. FANfuckingTASTIC.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    About Faraci's review

    by monolithik

    I can concede that about Asgard; it looks pretty and all, but it's all shots that fly over the top of it. Cool, sure, but when you're used to LotR-style flying shots that fly through the middle of the kingdoms and trees and towers and you see all of the inner workings and loads of detail... yeah, it pales in comparison. You never see anything up close save for the throne room, a meeting room or two and the bridge. There's no real sense of the day-to-day workings of the realm, but then again, there really wasn't much of an opportunity to showcase it, either, with as much ground as the story had to cover. So... yeah. It's a valid complaint, but there were reasons for it, I guess. And yes, the Thor and Jane part was a... weird progression. It needed at least one more scene, but honestly, I feel you could have given Portman infinite scenes and she'd have made them all fall flat, so... what to do.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    by Johnboy40

    I find the suggestion that Thor does'nt really have a character arc to be a little off. It's more of a reverse of the usual arc the hero goes through. Usually the hero of the piece starts of powerless, gets his superhero-ness and at some point after that or during that process understands what it is to be a hero. Thor it;s the reverse. In order to understand what it takes to be a hero, it's necessary for him to lose his power first. Or am I being overly simple?

  • May 6, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    On par with Iron Man.

    by UltimaRex

    That is all.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    deanbarry

    by Johnboy40

    Yeah..i hate the way that 3d is beiong forced on us. I usually see geek stuff with a group of blokes whom all live in various parts of London..we travell into the centre and meet up. All the cinemas in the centre of the city are only showing Thor in 3d.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    "Can I go home now?"

    by captaincrazy

    Now that I have actually seen the film I can confirm what has widely been said - Thor is a film to be seen and appreciated. Branagh has to date been given the trickiest superhero film and he pulls it off with confidence. There were a few times during the film were I thought we were entering Cheese County but he pulls it back just enough to keep the excitement going. Every one has praised Hemsworth (my girlfriend for different reasons - the bitch) but Hiddleston needs some attention too. I was actually rooting for him - not to win - but at least gain some satisfation. His showdown with Hopkins was heart-wrenching. And Hemsworth? All I can say is wow. His scene in Star Trek was just the tip of the iceberg. He makes you BELIEVE in Thor. From arrogant warrior to humbled mortal, he will have your sympathy. "Can I go home now?" Lump...in...the...throat. Outstanding.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    The best comic book movie was NOT IRON MAN...

    by ninpobugei

    ...it was THE DARK KNIGHT. That was one film where story, actors, acting, dialog, music - everything - came together to make something greater than the sum of its parts. IRON MAN was great, just not "the best"...X2 and SPIDERMAN were also very good.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    ironhelix

    by Andrew

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Kat's got some gorgeous knockers, but the movie looks like ass.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Why can't you do it?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Why can't you set your monkey free? Always giving into it - Do you love your monkey or do you love me? Why can't you do it Why do I have to share my baby with a monkey? monkey With a monkey monkey lalalala la

  • May 6, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    THOR

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Chris Hemsworth's destiny lay in movies that were more about action than drama, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when Star Trek (2009) came out that it heralded the return of both Hemsworth and Pine as genuinely dramatic guys. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Bst superhero film since iron man !!!

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    DIDN'T THE DARK KNIGHT COME OUT AFTER IRON MAN !!

  • May 6, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Kat Dennings is a dude?

    by loafroaster

    "...and you never would have missed him"

  • May 6, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Ok, it's not LOTR - but it's really REALLY good fun!

    by marineboy

    THe whole notion of an Asgaard epic on the scale of LOTR is never going to happen - especially as they wanted to merge universes and create the Avengers set up. Branagh has balanced things very nicely - plenty fantasy and plenty earth bound hokum that's not cheesy at all, more tongue in cheek. It takes intelligence to convey that. Branagh also got great performances out of Hemsworth and Hopkins (who I both thought were potential miscasts)...Portman is the true star tho...so damn hot!! :)

  • May 6, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight= not a superhero movie.

    by hank henshaw

    TDK is not a superhero movie, in the same way that Heat is not a superhero movie. TDK, while good, is also very overrated. Someone said Watchmen is better than Thor. No it's not. Don't confuse the quality of the source material with the movie. Watchmen, the movie (not the comic), was mediocre.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    fucking hell...quoting George Michael?

    by Righteous Brother

    Not cool.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    THOR. TAKE MINE HAMMER, BONIR.

    by BringingSexyBack

    Grip it firmly. Yes. Grip it tight! Yes, yes.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    by Righteous Brother

    Thor is a damn fine summer popcorn blockbuster flick, nothing more nothing less. On a par with Iron Man, but without all the dreadful mugging between RDJ and Gwyneth Paltrow. And Chris Hemsworth doesn't sound Australian - anyone who thinks that is clearly a dick.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Completely agree about the 3D

    by DannyOcean01

    Some of it is horribly distracting and pointless. Bar one action sequence near the end (which, quite frankly, is undercut by the soundtrack), it's a good example of why post conversion is a horrible idea. First 3D film after Avatar and it made me miss that film. Testament to Branagh, Hemsworth and Portman that the goofy, uh-duh, love scenes come off as charming, and I found 'those' comedy moments from the trailers genuinely funny. Again, thanks to Hemsworth. You can't expect much Shakespearean depth in a film like this, but there was certainly some nice dialogue clashes between Hiddleston, Hemsworth and, especially, Hopkins (magnetic in the depowering of Thor). Found the film rushed by the final act, and the jumps between Asgard and Earth felt scrappy and suggested a sloppy script, but it's a really fun movie which is what you'd expect from a Summer movie.

  • May 6, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Best all-time comic book movie: Batman Begins.

    by darthwaz1

    Hands down.

  • May 6, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Might have to wait for dvd, but will probably check it out.

    by darthderp

    Costs and time make me need to be choosy about what I go see in theaters for myself, but dvd rentals are a different story.

  • May 6, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Loved It!

    by topaz4206

    Huge Marvel fan, didn't know much about Thor. I *loved* how much time they spent in Asgard. 3D conversions have come a LONG way - I still remember seeing "Superman Returns" and THAT was a 3D abortion. This was the best conversion I've seen. (Though the loss of color and brightness is a disservice to a movie as colorful as this). I'd see it again.

  • First off, I'm not sure what the mesuring stick is for some people, but for me I was impressed. As a kid I KNOW I would have been blown away. Anyways, folks keeps saying Dark Knight this, Dark Knight that, but it's a different kind of movie. Nolan's Batman films kind of preclude any fantasy elements (But they're still fantastic). It's more of a crime drama than a comic book movie. Can you really see there being a Superman or Green Lantern existing in those movies? DC and Marvel have different things their going for which are exemplified by Iron Man and Batman. DC execs have said that their movies will exist apart from one another. Marvel has a different approach. Cinematically, DC is trying to root their movies in a very realistic world and take away the comic bookiness of it. And while the DC properties (all two of them thus far) may be well done they're also very stoic. I love The Dark Knight, but it's a pretty intense film. Watching Harvey Dent hold a child at gun point is a powerful scene, riddled with tension and drama and what not, but man, I needed heart medication afterwards. Superman Returns was kind of depressing. Nolan/Snyder Supes looks like they're goin' for the same tone (hopefully a better story though). They're a comlete turn around from Donner's Superman which was serious yet light hearted. Marvel is embracing the comic bookiness and making it their own. At the same time, the characters are fun and light hearted. The audience has a good time watching the charaters have a good time. So when I see a Marvel movie I embrace that as more of a comic book movie than DC movies. I think they're both good, but for different reasons, I guess. Iron Man to me is more of a comic flick than Nolan's Batman and it set the bar pretty decently in this regard. So it seems right to compare Thor to IM as opposed to TDK. But that's my 2 cents.

  • May 6, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Ye, can you clarify the 3D comment, Harry?

    by bah

    Was it a "bang-up" job that simply didn't help the movie, or was it a poor job despite having the time to work on it? I'm curious because I know people who worked on it.

  • May 6, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Angry Charlie's review is invalid

    by m_prevette

    ...Since you loved Hobo With A Shotgun, the biggest steaming pile of shit in history. Seriously, the movie was painfully bad in every way. Garbage, garbage, garbage. All the fanboys kneel before it and reveal they have no taste at all .

  • May 6, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    3d looks very flat, nothing comes out of the screen

    by AshMcQ

  • May 6, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    All these Thor reviews and Fast Five reviews

    by knowthyself

    Yet not a single mention about Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D at the IFC Center in NYC.

  • May 6, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Unrelated, but Happy Friday everyone

    by darthderp

    Hope you all aren't too hung over from your Cinco de Mayo parties, and that the weather is as nice for you as it is in my neck of the woods.

  • I hope I can see it this weekend but... it won't happen.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    New Mexican?

    by Xerobull

    Ouch

  • May 6, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Saw it in IMAX 3D

    by Blanket-Man

    And thought the 3D was kind of a waste. Not a bad conversion, necessarily, but there was little to no "comin' at ya!" moments that warranted a 3D conversion. But I saw it at a pre-opening-night sold-out midnight showing full o' fellow geeks, and most seemed to enjoy the hell out of it, including me. Biggest audiences cheers were for Stan Lee, Hawkeye, Thor's defeat of the Frost Giants' monster, and the "Thor gets his mojo back" moment. And the after-credits scene, of course! Can't wait for CAP and THE AVENGERS!!!

  • May 6, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Sorry -- Capone, not Harry

    by bah

    I was reading both reviews at the same time

  • May 6, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    for people still paying for upconverted 3D

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Crom laughs at your ignorance! If it aint filmed in 3D, it will look like shit.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    It was very good - and Denning has impressive TITS

    by GET_TO_THE_HELICOPTER_GENTLEMEN

  • May 6, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Iron Man

    by Cruizer Dave

    While very good, was overrated. The music was corny. The ending was fairly formulaic. And IM2 was just an awful retread.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    minor spoiler question

    by cekma

    Who is the scientist that made the gamma breakthrough that Stellan Skarsgard's character referenced? It can't be Banner right? Somone during the Capt America time?

  • What does that even mean? It reads, if you have the choice between seeing THOR in 3D or not (seeing the movie altogether), please don't. So, essentially he's saying . . . See it in 3D or NOT AT ALL!!!

  • Man, I love Abbottabad this time of year... when the free-range ganja is lush and powerful: the perfect way to wind down after an especially harrowing assignment.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Hoop-de-doo and la-de-daa

    by darthderp

    Still waiting for that one big story that makes everyone come a-running for a talkback-free for all. Yesterday it was Terminator news, day before it was the Star Wars blu-rays, day before that it was Prometheus and the Great Alien 3 Debate... Today? Who knows....

  • May 6, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    darthwaz1, but what about

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Howard the Duck?

  • May 6, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Now IM is good on this site? Some of you have no credibility

    by The Founder

    IM was a good flick I must say first. I remember when the reviews was flowing in for IM and the same shit that's going on back then with IM is now going on with Thor. People finding shit to bitch and moan about with no real substance to back up why they didnt like it. Just saying it sucks isnt good enough. Im sure their will be those Who dislike Thor for reasons with merit but most just like to be cool and scream it Sucks or the ending Climax was crappy or to short. Same thing people said about IM. Haven't seen Thor yet but I did walk in last night after leaving another movie and watched about 2 mins of Thor. The little I saw looked good and had me smile. I had to walk out. Can't wait to see the whole movie.

  • May 6, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Yeah but is Thor as powerful as Bin Laden?

    by UltraTron

    He made a level 7 nuclear death spewing reactor disappear completely from the news this week. That's pretty impressive. You guys remember the churnobyl level disaster that was happening the day before he died right? How about all those still un-accounted for missing Japanese? Remember any of that? It's not in your news so it all must have miraculously disappeared thanks to the magic of Bin Laden. If there's anyone out there who can ignore the unbridled evil that is running rampant on your planet- I want to know your secret. Is there a certain videogame or movie that I can watch to get rid of the plutonium and other heavy elements that have traveled all the way to our milk and water here in the US? Is there some cartoon I can watch to make me not want to murder the demons running my world?

  • May 6, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    It's a fun movie

    by donkingkong

    Saw midnite in 2D tired as hell after working all day - but I didn't fall asleep! I do plan on watching it again in 3D on Sunday. I can say it wasn't as good as Ironman but pretty friggn fun nonetheless. Looking forward to Cap'n A!

  • May 6, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    better than 'iron man'?!! i think not, sir.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    i've seen 'thor'; and, i gotta say, i was thor-ly disppointed (couldn't resist). while there were some really nice elements (hemsworth as thor, hopkins as odin, elba as gatekeeper), overall the film was totally flat. s.h.i.e.l.d.'s storyline was wasted, as was every cameo. hawkeye and fury have those 'punch' scenes, but might as well not even been in the movie. too much time was wasted on portman's boring, obnoxious, 'human' 'science' team. not to mention, the portman-thor 'romance'; which felt strained and distracting. if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie. loki's intentions were all over the place. you never fully get a grip on what his character wants, or even why. odin's 'playing-dead'-thing wasn't fully explained. it just sort of... happens. and, then... it's over. because, he cries... or, something. the movie wastes a lot of energy trying to be shakespearian, when the characters are all too one-dimensional to be fully invested in. in short, the movie is a lot of wasted energy over a lot of nothing. the only thing this movie adds to the marvel movie universe is thor. and, loki; which they're obviously setting up as a villain in avengers. but, even tho he's supposed to be a villain, his intentions are totally confused. and, the thing that really bugs me (besides portman's juno-esque sidekick that should've gotten a facefull of mjolinr) is that the entire population of the new mexico town (where the whole, damned movie takes places) entirely vanishes when the destroyer comes down and starts laying waste to the town. where did the people go? where are the iphones recording all of this happening? why wasn't this front-page news?! everybody vanishes, no one sees it and no one says anything about it. right. and, that, in a nutshell is what's wrong with the movie. it easily forgets that it's in a larger world (regardless of the fact that it takes place between 2 worlds). if you're not a main character in this movie, you're forgotten about. it happens to the larger world of asgard (what the hell does the rest of asgard think about the events that are occuring?! thor being banished. odin 'sleeping'. loki taking control of the throne?! nothing?!), and it happens on earth. i was hugely disappointed with the movie. and, the 3D was the worst i've ever seen. bummer. really disappointed.

  • May 6, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    "No movie is perfect"?

    by wash

    Sorry, but that's a pretty silly and subjective statement (she sells shells by the seashore). I'm sure lots of people could name flicks that to them, every frame had an exact purpose for being. "It's Pat", for example.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Decent, entertaining movie, but...

    by DiscoGodfather

    Could have used a little more, you know, FUN. Superhero movies don't need to take themselves so damn seriously all the time, and they probably shouldn't.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Helvitica syndrome makes your face disappear.

    by UltraTron

    Why wasn't it front page news helvitica? Because Bin Laden made it vanish miraculously.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    so what does everyone think about Warner buying Rotten Tomatoes?

    by zom-bot.com

    guess those % numbers will start to be useless.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    But Iron Man sucked.

    by Flip63Hole

    What a wonderfully polished but empty experience. Downey Jr. was his normal, charismatic self. Shame about the screenplay, endless CG, lack of a villain, etc. The only worse Superhero movies I can think of are Iron Man 2 and The Dark Knight. I still do a face-palm when I think of Leger's attempt at Joker.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Response to happyfat73

    by Ambrose

    If you think about the scene, Coulson reveals that it was a test. They had an idea who he was and Coulson wanted to see for himself what he could do.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    @ultron: you missed my point entirely.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    i never said it was some sort of 'conspiracy' that the news doesn't make the front page (tho, in the marvel universe, i'm sure s.h.i.e.l.d. would try to keep it off). i said that the movie is so lazy, that it just goes, 'well, everyone in the town ran off when thor told them to run. they didn't see when a giant, fire breathing robot from outer space starts scorching their town. and, no one filmed it with their iphone and put it on facebook; like they do when their cat puts it's head in a box of cookies.'. my point was that the movie forgets about everyone else in the town when the destroyer attacks. and, the movie forgets the rest of asgard when the movie gets going. you get no sense of what asgard is thinking or doing when thor is banished. when, odin goes into a coma. or, when loki assumes the throne. that's lazy and frustrating filmmaking, in my book.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Slow news day, or is it me?

    by darthderp

    The last news report - that AICN Horror blurb - broke about 9:40 (10:40 for me) this morning, and nothing since then....

  • May 6, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Hey Wash...

    by Damned if I can login

    I mean, you're dead on with the It's Pat reference being perfect, frame for frame. But I got one that's even *more* perfect: Chained Heat - with Linda Blair, John Vernon, and Sybil Danning! Talk about every microsecond being pure perfection, this one is IT!

  • May 6, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    (Minor Spoilers) Despite being forced to watch in 3D...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...I found it really enjoyable. See it in 2D if you can folks. When we were introduced to that melding of science, magic and myth known as Asgard, I found myself wishing 'King' Kirby could somehow see his creations in live action form there with me...felt his spirit in the room though. ...and that Hemsworth's got some C-H-A-R-I-S-M-A. Even when he was being a dick early on...very fun to watch, cause you know he's got a big ole bowl of humble pie coming his way. If this doesn't find an audience in the states outside of fans like me, it's not for lack of trying. Found much of the film surprisingly accessible to 'outsiders', and most the scenes on earth funny, touching and/or just plain entertaining. I've always loved the comic character Thor, and now I can say I kinda like the film character Thor as well.

  • May 6, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight is not a Superhero movie - duh..

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ....based on the obvious fact that Batman is not a Superhero. He's just a glorified vigilante/Ninja with a big chequebook and lots of toys. Especially accentuated by the fact that Nolan made it in his gritty realistic style in a world that excludes the existence of other actual Superheros like Superman or Green Lantern Sure it's a Comic book movie. In the same way the Punisher is a Comic book movie. And yet no one would ever accuse the Punisher of ever being a Superhero. Having said that one could also legitimately argue that Iron Man is also not a Superhero. (and neither is Captain America for that matter) But Iron Man's suit does give him "Super Powers"s (great strength, flight, partial invulnerability, energy blasts) and in addition, Marvel's approach to the Iron Man movies is such that he can exist in the same universe as other actual Superheros like the Hulk, and Thor. Besides which, all of this is moot anyway. The Dark Knight was a vastly over-rated movie anyway, which massive major flaws and ludicrous logic plot holes which only become evident on second or third viewings and the further away you get from its actual release. Not that anyone should ever expect any Nolan fanboys to ever admit this.

  • I loved Dark Knight too, but are you people shittin' me?!? I know the sequels were of varying quality, but come on! Christopher Reeve? Margot Kidder? Gene Hackman? Marlon Brando? Jackie Cooper (RIP)? John F'N Williams?? None of this is remembered, huh? Man...you people are a tough crowd....

  • May 6, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    This is going to sound totally out of left field

    by Ardee-El

    But if they ever figure out how to big budget Dr. Fu-Manchu movie, I vote for Ray Stevenson to play Sir Denis Nayland Smith. There was something about his Volstagg that reminded me of Nigel Green's Hercules, and Green was the best ever Smith...

  • May 6, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Guess you never saw JAWS?

    by D.Vader

  • May 6, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I'll

    by Chadley BeBay

    pass.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    kai_mah'gra

    by Chadley BeBay

    Batman is a superhero. Get over it

  • May 6, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Sif gets stiffed

    by thelordofhell

    I feel they treated the character of Sif pretty badly in this. They really didn't need her in this movie at all since she's treated like a buddy instead of Thor's main love interest. I see where they are going with Jane Foster being a big reason for Thor wanting to come back to Earth (in the inevitable sequels), but that just stabs the character of Sif in the back. In the movie it seems like she's just that cool chick that hangs with the dudes, and Thor has some throw away line about getting people to accept a female warrior (since again, we're only getting a cursory look at Aasgard, so we don't get Valkyries or any other number of Aesir warrior women) like only men go to battle in the realm. It was strange to see her treated like The Warriors Three sidekick. In the end though, this was a great fuckin' movie. Marvel is really making comic book movies fun to watch. These aren't gritty movies, they are just fun movies playing with the comic archetype. By the way, go see this in 2-D. Can we please put a stake in 3-D already. Man I'm so fucking glad that The Dark Knight came out before 3-D became this huge ass fad of the new millenium. It's bad enough it had those fake IMAX scenes in it, but 3-D conversion would have been so much worse.

  • Why are we looking for the element of realism in a fantasy film? Our suspension of disbelief is already tested by gods, superheroes, magic, etc. Does the fact that someone not capture footage of the Destroyer and quote "put it on facebook" really matter? In a world that has witnessed the Hulk and Abomination rampage, Tony Stark outing himself as Iron Man, fighting supervillains who are stealing his technology, and now they come across a giant suit of armor that spits out fire. Do you honestly believe it wouldn't be front page news? Do you literally have to see it on the screen to believe that it happened? After all, are we not the same people who complain about the extras in films who are the idiots who stand there and take the photos and video on their phones only to have them put in peril and their photographic/video evidence destroyed by the villain or some form of falling debris? It's so overdone, that it has become cliche.

  • or how about: "this movie is flawed, but.... it is not as bad as Mortal Kombat Annihilation" "this movie has problems, but.... it is better than Daredevil or any of the horrendous Punisher movies that Marvel just can't seem to get right" "this flick is fucked, but.... at least you brought your smart phone into the theater so you can tweet and go on Facebook"

  • May 6, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I'll tell you Capone...

    by Chuck_Cobra

    It was good, I enjoyed it for what it was. But overall I left the theater disappointed. The story was there, everything needed for a complete A to B story happen happened...but everything seemed soooo rushed. Thor's character growth wasn't earned. The pace was so ridiculously fast that you never had time for much character development. And character development is EVERYTHING! If you don't care about the characters and their relationships then the action means squat. Thor needed to spend more time on earth. He needed a moment to realize he's human now. That he can be hurt. That he can die. He needed to KNOW what it was like to be MORTAL. He needed to then develop a STRONG relationship with Jane Foster so he could realize IF HE DIES he loses her. And that she could die as well. That there are others in the Universe that aren't as lucky or as powerful as himself. THEN when Thor eventually makes the sacrifice to save the mortals, it would have been a bigger moment. A couple silly school girl giggles and talks about magic vs science do nothing for Thor's character growth or a romantic relationship. Even the BEST character work and performance in the movie (Loki) was glossed over so quickly. Random scene with Odin, random scene with Loki on the throne. Done. Does no one except the Warriors 3 and Sif know Loki took the throne? What about the bigger Kingdom here? He just sits in the chair? That's it? The movie kept cutting back and forth to random scenes between Earth and Asgard. It had no organic flow to events. It's weird though...it felt like they shot the longer, more character driven scenes for this movie, but they were cut down in favor of a more fast paced action fest. I really hope the executives at Marvel don't take this route with Captain America. From the new character trailers X-men:First Class looks to have more heart that Thor. Please don't tell me FOX is going to upstage Marvel this summer. SPOILERS!!! The hammer flying to him at the end was such a cop out. He should have had to lift it. SHIELD was cool but also quickly glossed over. What do they know or don't know about what's happening? I could NOT believe they just let Thor go free after that ridiculous explanation from the guy from Good Will Hunting. Really?

  • That'll piss everyone off.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Stop with the "THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE WORKED" stuff

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    It seems like some weird brainwashing going on; People saying the whole concept of a Norse god is too out there, how it will never mesh with the world of Iron Man etc. Are you people crazy? It's ALL comic book stuff. You think the rest of the Avengers are realistic? You're OK with a guy who turns green and gets 5 feet taller when he gets angry, but a Norse god - "oh no, how's that gonna work???" I'm on the side of the Dark Knighters - that was a great movie. It's a serious, intense film, with elements of great crime dramas like Heat or even the Godfather series. But remember, it's also about a guy wearing a cape and a silly cowl with little horns on it. They "made it work." This whole "HOW CAN THOR FIT IN TO THE OTHER FILMS" thing has become a weird mantra, undercutting expectation effectively I suppose, but it just seems like a cliche people are passing around without thinking about it with any depth. Because it's not so much about 'realism' as it is just simply about tone. Sure, Iron Man may seem more realistic than Thor. But the tone really isn't that different. Asgard may be a bit more Shakespearean or whatever, but once they get to Earth, it sounds like a world where an overconfident, too-cool Tony Stark is just around the corner, waiting to knock Thor down a notch with a one-liner. This isn't rocket science. On the other hand, Nolan's Batman probably wouldn't co-exist well on screen with Superman, not because of the gritty, realistic take (the realistic take has always been what makes all recent comic book movies good), but because he strikes such a strong dark tone in the film, and Superman doesn't work in the shadows like that, literally or figuratively. Batman is just a guy with a gruff voice and Superman is an alien from outer space. The way they both work on film - at least, in 2011 - is to be as gritty and realistic as possible. You just change the tone, the color palette. Nolan chose to make his tone only work for Batman and seal off that world and that's cool. But making the Avengers work has a lot more to do with writing a good story that gives everyone something to do and develop character, than it does with the silly concern over how to connect a Norse god, with a guy who turns green and growls, a billionaire who wears a suit that makes him fly, and a genetically engineered 'super soldier' who was frozen in ice for sixty years.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Just saw it and it wasn't bad

    by Smartacus

    It wasn't incredible knock your socks off either. This summer we're going to get a bunch of superhero movies so I can't help but compare it to the summer of 2008 when we got all those very entertaining comic book/superhero movies at one time. That year it was Dark Knight, Iron Man, Hellboy II, and Hancock. Thor isn't this years Dark Knight and it's definitely not this years Iron Man. I think it was somewhere between Hellboy II and Hancock. I thoroughly enjoyed Hellboy II and thought Hancock was a little better than "ok".

  • May 6, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    chadley bebay

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    I don't have to get over anything. Not a Superhero. Not even remotely by a longshot Just a glorified vigilante with an over-customized utility belt and a big chequebook, at best and an overly flamboyant Ninja who can't really fight that well anyway at most. I know it's tough for you to accept, but them's the facts.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Thor - 1st 3-D movie I've seen in a theater

    by deelzbub

    it was pretty good. But nothing to compare it to other than 50's and 60's movies. The Pirates trailer was pretty cool, as far as 3-D goes. Still think it's a gimmick, and hope all movies won't go to that format. I wear glasses already, and hate having to watch a film thru 2-sets of glasses.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I apologize if I post this 3 or more times

    by deelzbub

    site keeps freezing up and it won't show me updated posts. So slow on my laptop at home that I don't even look at this site at home anymore. Is it the banners and animation that cause the slowdown? Get rid of 'em!

  • May 6, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    My only problems w/ Thor

    by deelzbub

    wide shots of Asgardian warriors all wearing the same helmet and armor. I thought no two Asgardians had the same helmet. At least that's the way they draw them in the comics. It's like they rely so heavily on CGI, it makes the artists lazy. Much easier to multiply the same warrior x1000. same problem w/ the Frost Giants. Looked like they took the exact same actor and replicated him x100. No variation in body types whatsoever. A certain spoiler-free SHIELD agent drawing a bead on Thor during a mudfight. Everyone in the scene is getting rained on, except said agent. How does he remain dry? Hogun the Grim needed a furry hat and a handlebar mustache. Otherwise, a well-made movie that I hope does well @ the box office. I will be seeing it again.

  • May 6, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    I think Chuck Cobra hit the nail on its head

    by MRJONZ72

    "He needed a moment to realize he's human now. That he can be hurt. That he can die. He needed to KNOW what it was like to be MORTAL. He needed to then develop a STRONG relationship with Jane Foster so he could realize IF HE DIES he loses her. And that she could die as well. That there are others in the Universe that aren't as lucky or as powerful as himself. THEN when Thor eventually makes the sacrifice to save the mortals, it would have been a bigger moment. A couple silly school girl giggles and talks about magic vs science do nothing for Thor's character growth or a romantic relationship. " Not going to add much to that.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Chuck Cobra

    by MRJONZ72

    Shoot missed your part about the hammer flying out to him and him not lifting it..yeah that irked me. Dont get me wrong folks I enjoyed the film overall and will watch it again on DVD (dont have Blu-Ray lol)

  • May 6, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    It appears the DC trolls are out in full force

    by ewokstew

    You are truly hating on Marvel films just to be hating on Marvel films when you have to pull Snyder's Watchmen out of your a** and offer it up for comparison as the superior movie. TDK? Possibly. Watchmen? Hell, no.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    nah cobra chuck that aint right

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Look i agree that the transformation from spoiled hot headed godling to introspective mortal was quick but your alternative would turn the movie into a Chuck chick movie. It would be twilight asgardian style. As for thor willing to sacrifice his life power or no power for others i say thee yea that is his default mode. Thor is heroic and not a coward powers or not. That made perfect sense. And the hammer flying to him was cool. Yeah lifting hammer and having lightning strike would have been cool too but it made no real difference

  • May 6, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    And d.vader as awesome as JAWS is it isn't perfect

    by ewokstew

    It's probably about as close to perfect as you can get, for sure, but it's not perfect. My favorite film of all time, Alien, is not perfect either. There's no such thing as perfection in anything man made or natural. Mistakes, quirks, problems, disease, etc.. creep into everything in the universe. We'll refer to it loosely as entropy.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    timberbothy

    by brobdingnag

    Iron Man, Thor, X-Men 1, Batman Begins, Watchmen, Superman 1 > Dark Knight. I like superhero movies, not procedural cop dramas.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    To all action fans, a friendly heads-up

    by Rogue4

    Thor is a decent flick from a character and story standpoint, but the action scenes are your typical barely coherent visual-noise cop-outs.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Best

    by BERSERKR

    Super Hero Flick besides The Dark Knight hands down.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night, arguably one of the best comic movies ever!

    by ganymede3010

    I've been struggling trying to find a film that's actually better than Thor. Unfortunately I just can't as far as comic movies go. And Loki was one of the best comic book villains ever. His performance rivalled Ian McKellans Magneto (Yes he was that good).

  • May 6, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Sure he did, Matt

    by Rogue4

    Branaugh didn't apply Greengrassian levels of spastic-cam, but he most certainly didn't film any of the Asgardian battle/fight scenes "from a decent, coherent perspective". But I guess this response is just an indicator of how the prevalence of this trend has skewed the barometer. We'll now call "good"anything that merely compares favorably to the spastic-cam extreme. No thanks.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    nah rogue4 there was no shaky cam at all

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Maybe you don't like seeing cgi action but it was in no way shaky cam. It was very well shot.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    A Lot Better Than I was Expecting!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Good movie. I actually had fun with this one and didn't find myself bored. The Asgard sections were probably the best bits due to the threats faced to the family and the kingdom, and the Earth sections suffered a little because of that. Hemsworth was great in the title role but Tom Hiddleston was the standout for me. The role could easily have been a moustache-twirling bad guy part but Hiddleston managed to make me feel sorry for the guy. The action scenes were really good (whoever said that you couldn't see what was going on obviously didn't see the movie - the camera work during those scenes was just fine) and I actually came away wishing it had been longer. That doesn't happen a lot. I'd definitely watch the sequel. Branagh has gone up in my book quite a lot with this movie.

  • May 6, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Perhaps Rogue4 had an epileptic fit whilst watching THOR

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    It's the only explanation for his shaky camera comment.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Thor is a pretty good popcorn movie.

    by Thanos0145

    IM>Thor>IH>IM2 The action scenes were kind of choppy and the Destroyer/Thor fight was too short. (Thor shouldn't have been able to defeat the Destroyer that easily.) The romance between Thor and Jane Foster felt forced. I guess Marvel Studios didn't want to have a Love Triangle between Thor/Jane/Sif. Complaints aside, the cast was good and Asgard looked great. In the sequel I hope we get to see Surtur.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Also, there's no way that anyone on the Avengeers can beat Thor

    by ganymede3010

    Based on what I've seen, I don't see how that guy will take orders from anyone. I guess since he's been humbled he'll allow C.A to lead. I just don't see how the super soldier serum can surpass the powers of Thor. Just not happening.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    christian bale

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Funny and probably true

  • May 6, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Who said anything about the shark being the imperfection?

    by ewokstew

    Those are your words, mattman. Spielberg was talking about small rhythm, editing and pacing issues. Are they practically unnoticeable hiccups? Yes, but they are there and thus makes the film imperfect. If you regard perfection, like art, as being subjective, knock yourself out... but don't say it's not a matter of opinion when Spielberg himself doesn't even side with you and it flat out isn't the truth. Go read A&E's Spielberg biography and be enlightened.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Kobe, Christian, that ain't what I said.

    by Rogue4

    How bout this. How would you compare the battle/fight scenes in "Thor" to those in "Spider-man 2", "Blade/Blade 2", "The Matrix","The Last Samurai", "Braveheart". What I'm tryin to get at here is the difference between settin the bar at "extraordinary" as opposed to, "not as bad as..." Call me fussy.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Excelsior!!!

    by UltraTron

    Yes they have done it. It is the marvel universe brought to the the screen and if Galactus or Thanos walked into the frame you wouldn't bat an eyelid. It's that epic. As I proclaimed in the lobby walking out to an enthusiastic crowd- it's the best branagh film since dead again!! To which everyone cheered and there was great thunderous celebration amonst the peasant folk. I then proclaimed myself the ruler of eternity and crashed through 3 sheets of plate glass before being subdued

  • May 6, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    It was great!

    by catlettuce4

    It was cosmic and very Kirby-esquely impressive. Second best Marvel film so far behind the first Iron Man. They got it right. Bring on Cap and the Avengers.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I never said it was this year's Dark Knight

    by Smartacus

    I said that if I were to put this movie in the pack of films that came out in 2008 I'd stick it between Hancock and Hellboy II (closer to Hellboy II though). Dark Knight and Iron Man were in a whole different layer of the atmosphere that year. We'll be lucky if one of the superhero movies this year is as good as either of those two in my opinion. But hey, I enjoyed Hancock and Hellboy II. Not ever movie has to be pitch-perfect to entertain me. I can watch a film and find a redeeming bit or a fatal flaw in it with equal ease. Most people can I think and if you want to like something, well obviously you're going to find a reason to like it. Thor was good. It was entertaining. I will see it again and I look forward to seeing him in Avengers. This isn't the picture where Marvel stumbles and starts to drop the ball. That picture will more than likely get here but it isn't this one.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by Smartacus

    I disagree. I found both of them enjoyable.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    can't wait to see it again tomorrow!!

    by antonphd

  • May 6, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    @ganymede3010: When Cap lifts MJOLNIR, then Odinson...

    by Thanos0145

    will respect Captain America as Avengers leader.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    TDK is so overrated. Thor blew it away IMO.

    by ganymede3010

    Minus Ledgers performance there was NOTHING special about the TDK IMO.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    braindrain- yes, the dvd/blu-ray...

    by Detached

    ... will have about 20 minutes of deleted scenes. read an interview with branagh the other where he talked about them. he said there's quite a bit of material in them, etc... fyi.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    as far as dark knight goes...

    by Detached

    ... my problem with it was that it had HUGE plot holes- too many to list. but as just an example or two- after batman saves his babe when the joker is going to toss her off the building where bruce is holding the party for harvey dent, he (batman) just stays in the car with her, leaving the joker running loose with not only dent, but a u.s. senator and others. why does bruce set up an alibi (going on a boat trip with all those babes), then leave that boat in front of everyone, so everyone knows he wasn't actually there? why does batman abduct the chinese accountant guy in hong kong AS BATMAN, thereby making an enemy of the chinese gov't? why doesn't he just do it in an anonymous black outfit? and wouldn't the chinese gov't immediately demand extradition of that guy? of course they would. and highly likely get it too. but then, there goes the whole movie if that happens... i could go on and on. why is gotham city supposed to have the highest security protection - but the joker just waltzes in, untouched? are we supposed to believe EVERYONE policeman is corrupt? every single one? come on. for a movie supposedly so "realistic," that script had endless flaws. in addition, christopher bale was basically just a cipher. he certainly didn't come across as someone with deep internal angst. i can see why people like it; the good parts are very good. but the script just doesn't hold up to any real scrutinty.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    little difference from the trailer...

    by yubnubrocks

    In the trailer, Thor says the "You're big, but Thor's bigger" to the destroyer. In the actual movie, he says that line to the huge SHIELD bodyguard.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Thor - A good, but not great movie

    by tailhook

    Two problems with it. First, the Hawkeye cameo is retarded. A good majority of the audience isn't even going to understand who he is. The second and more trouble some is that this is about as clean as a preacher's sheets. They really don't push the PG-13 beyond your typical LoTR fake CGI fantasy violence. There simply wasn't the connection between Thor and Jane Foster(Portman) that there should have been. It simply did not feel like he was giving much up to save the Frost Giants. She had the emotional connection of a girl you met in a bar you thought was hot and you might tap, but then never got around to it.. so oh well. There really did need to be something physical there to raise the stakes on both sides, and really mortalize him(after all he was permanatly banished so wth its not like he's a god anymore). But hey.. its a Kenneth Branaugh movie, so you get the softball safe-for-all-ages version. Hopefully they'll tighten that up with the Director's Cut, but i seriously doubt there was some physical Thor/Foster connection that got left out, just more God-level pontificating that was better left out.

  • May 6, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by Detached

    what i meant (but maybe didn't explain too well) was that bruce gets on that boat with all the russian (?) women,so he'll have a cover story when batman is in hong kong- ie, bruce wayne was on that boat, and everybody knows it since it was in the paper. except that bruce's cover story is completely blown, when he leaves the boat in full view of everyone. so if anyone asks the people on that boat how things went with bruce, they'll just say "oh, he left- he wasn't there." and that would naturally raise questions about where he really was, etc etc. and you're right- the whole skyhook thing was carried off in one easy swoop, which is a stretch right there. i always assumed, though, that morgan freeman was flying that helicopter, so the identity issue wouldn't in that case be a problem. but maybe someone else was the pilot, i don't know... if so, that *would* be a problem, just as you say...

  • May 7, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Kenneth Branagh!

    by thot

    For making one of the very best superhero movies EVER made! Thor delivers, in spades. Great action, solid acting, excellent sfx, great pacing, etc, etc. Never been a big Thor fan, but damn does this movie make me one! GO SEE IT!

  • May 7, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Thor was fun, but aimed at the single-digit ages...

    by Token

    I mean, seriously...Tony Stark got LAID in his movie. I'm not saying it should have been hard 'R' or anything, but a party of nuns could have seen this movie without working up a single blush. No more than a hard smooch, and nary a single cuss-word. Why did Chris Hemsworth do all that working out when there was a single short scene [way too short in my wife's opinion] of a bare-chested Thor putting on a shirt? Very hard to take this one seriously, despite the good elements...

  • I enjoyed the hell outta Thor, but I had a few issues. Some of the FX was shoddy but overall it was solid. Action could've been better directed. I saw a lot of potential in Thor for action and I felt Mjolnir was underused. The earthbound scenes was meh. I really expected more. Overall a promising film that didn't deliver as it should've.

  • May 7, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Thunderbore: The Friday afternoon crowd watched in silence...

    by RedEaglez

    The middle hour dragged terribly. The dichotomy of the Asgard scenes and the earthbased scenes was too great. The small town looked like a holdover from a TV western, maybe Gunsmoke. And many of the special effects reminded me of sitting in a Saturday matinee circa 1963 watching The Magic Sword....enough of that Frost Bridge or whatever that was. It gives me restless leg syndrome just thinking about the experience. Great cast all doing their best, however I cannot imagine crowds of families sitting through this for repeat viewings...which is what it takes for the studio beancounters to take note.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, who am I?

    by BlaGyver

    "blah blah blah gay blah blah it's gonna be the worst movie of all time yada yada box office flop." I'm you guys talking about Thor a month ago. Get it? First movie I've seen in a while that had the audience applauding at the end. Mighta just been my audience, but they laughed at every joke, applauded for Stan Lee's cameo and got a good rise outta the nods to the Marvel Universe (gamma radiation, Donald Blake, etc.). I thought it was a blast, and Hemsworth and Hiddleston were both stellar in their respective roles.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Also, everyone saying Cap will blow it outta the water...

    by BlaGyver

    Don't get me wrong, because I think Cap is going to be a blast, but the mark has been set pretty high at this point. Also, I'm basing this mostly on the summers of '07 and '08, but Marvel tends to put the movie they're hoping is of higher quality and the one that will make more money in the first week or two of May. Later Marvel releases have brought us Fantastic Four 2 and The Incredible Hulk, which were awful and decent, respectively.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    moffatbabies

    by REDD

    "The whole "doesn't add anything" bit could just as easily be applied to color and sound, so I don't?buy into that." Now that is one of the silliest statements I've read on this site.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    It reminded me of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

    by YackBacker

    When Thor's buddies show up in New Mexico, it becomes MOTU. It was a completely serviceable movie- didn't suck hard in any parts, nor did it dazzle. It's just a movie, as a friend of mine would say.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Easter Eggs

    by Aaron

    I'm late to this party so I'm sure that this has been commented upon, but was I tripping, or was the Eye of Agamotto in Odin's trophy hall? I missed the Infinity Gauntlet, if it was indeed in there, but alas, I was sucked into the movie. It was really fun. Definitely a kid's movie a la The Neverending Story, Masters of the Universe, etc. I enjoyed myself. The score had good moments--I just wish that they had thrown some true metal with blast beats and gurgled vocals in on the action scenes. Very good. Can't wait to sit down, get reeeeeeally high and watch IM, IM2, Hulk, Thor and Cap in a row before Avengers.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    yackbacker

    by Aaron

    Totally didnt see that you dropped MOTU. Everyone hates that movie to death but it is a childhood favorite of mine, for what it's worth.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Hawkeye

    by Aaron

    was cool. Stupid ass haters. I felt like I was one of only a handful of people in the theater who knew who he was, but that's all I care about: me.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    This isn't my girlfriend's kind of film...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...but I took her with me yesterday and she absolutely loved it. She's actually considering going to the rest of the superhero flicks with me this summer because of it.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    braindrain

    by Detached

    that's a fair point, the russian models may not have known who batman is. on the other hand, they do know who bruce wayne is, and they would know he left the boat, so if anyone got suspicious (admittedly probably unlikely) & tried to poke holes in his cover story, that part (about the boat) certainly wouldn't hold up. however, it's a minor point. the dark knight script suffered from other, more major flaws that imho hurt its credibility. hopefully i'll get to see thor soon- haven't made it yet...

  • May 7, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    List of Items in Odin's Trophy Room

    by Err

    1.) Casket of Ancient Winters 2.) Infinity Gauntlet 3.) The Eternal Flame 4.) The Sorcerer's/Warlock's Eye Infinity Gauntlet is mentioned in the book adaptation of the film. Here's a link with pictures to everything in the room: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/spideydude/news/?a=36723

  • May 7, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    blagyver

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    The Fantastic Four movies were not made by Marvel. They were made by Fox. You can't hold their awfulness against Marvel who had close to nothing to do with the production process of those movies. Fox still hold the rights to the Fantastic Four hence the reason you won't see them appearing in any Marvel/Avengers universe anytime soon.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    zurenarrh, I don't hate MOTU either

    by YackBacker

    But it's objectively not a strong film, to say the least. THOR is a better film, but it has some level of camp to it that most (if not all) superhero movies cannot avoid, I guess.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night

    by HapaPapa72

    Thought it was good, thought Tom Hiddleston? was awesome... he'd make a great Riddler... I thought Thor's bevy of super pals was slightly cheesy (but the girl was hot---- why didn't SHE get cast as Wonder Woman?!?)... a Japanese guy in Asgard? Oh well. And more than anything, I wanted to be the professor, stuck in the middle of the desert at night in an RV, stuck in the middle of a Portman-Dennings sandwich. Sigh....the deleted scene of my mind.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    something to be said for low expectations

    by animatronicmojo

    I liked it. Not a classic, but much more successful than the rushed-to-cash-in Iron Man 2. Also, a great cast all around. Hemsworth was a very fun, solid Thor, and Hopkins and Hiddleston lent the film that needed emotional complexity. Russo, Portman, Skarsgård, Denning, Alexander, Gregg, all good- and I really dug Idris Elba. Also, interesting design, and, above all, just campy fun. Sorry, but Brannaugh has always been a pretty campy director, and when playing it totally straight (as in the hammiest, ham-fisted Hamlet ever), really fails for me in a big way. I dare say that this is his most successful film date. He should do more super-hero films- maybe this is the genre he's been working towards all along. Now, I am actually looking forward to The Avengers a la (waves hands) "The Whedonverse," which should be more camp + action with a maximum attention to banter.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Theres a reason why it took THOR this long to get made

    by doom master

    ...Riddle me this...if Thor was SO popular a character than how come Master of the Universe got made WAY before Thor was ever considered? Hmm? And this is pretty much on par with Masters of the Universe... Face it Thor sucked back then, it sucks now. No go walk on your rainbow bridge and get a boyfriend.

  • May 7, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    There is a reason and yours is wrong.

    by Err

    Or how about the fact that earlier in the 80s, Superman's sequels and Supergirl showed a lack of faith in Superhero movies that did not get resurrected until 89. Even with the success of Batman, Marvel and DC were hesitant to bring everyone else back. Let's also remember that Thor isn't as popular as Spider-Man, Hulk, or DC's Big 3. As for MOTU, it was made because He-Man was huge in the 80s. He exploded quickly, much like TMNT and their movies were rushed to the big screen. By your logic, I can use the same analogy: Transformers is such a popular franchise with popular characters, so why did a live action film come out AFTER a live action TMNT and its 2 sequels? Your entire reasoning is flawed. If anything, you are suggesting that MOTU is more popular than Thor and therefore, I'm suggesting TMNT is more popular than Transformers.

  • May 7, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Added note

    by Err

    All this because one franchise's movie came out before another?

  • May 7, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Pretty much had the same reaction Capone

    by Terminocity

    Saw it here in Austin @ midnight Thursday @ the Westgate. Decided to forgo 3D, and am glad I did. Here is my take: http://tinyurl.com/3dvwxxb

  • May 7, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Seen it twice, no Infinity Gauntlet

    by deelzbub

    and really, the Infinity Gauntlet shouldn't be in Odin's Vault. Maybe Thanos' Vault, or maybe just on the end of his arm. Thanos has to run all over the universe first, swiping the various gems from their respective owners and then placing them on one of his over-sized gloves. Unless Odin has already defeated Thanos, and removed said Gauntlet from his possession, I see no need to convolute the Infinity Gauntet saga further by having it pre-exist in Odin's vault.

  • May 7, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    RE. FUCKING. TARDED.

    by Jodie

    Thor is easily the worst movie I've seen so far this year. Terrible script, cheap looking effects, decent performances that were lost in an illogical mythology. Fuck this movie.

  • May 7, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Sorry Err but YOUR Logic is more flawed than flawed.

    by doom master

    It's erratically flawed. Case in point: Master of the Universe is very similar in concept to Thor. Especially the movies. Thor is as much a cartoon as He Man is....doesn't matter if Thor never ran with the Saturday morning crew - they both were cartoon characters sharing similar qualities in those days. Thor never made it to the big screen because well, yes, Spider Man was always the number 1 next to Hulk at the time. PLus the subject matter wasn't easy to translate to film, seeing as how we already saw what happened to the Master of the Universe. Like Conan, the hero fantasy films of the 80s were dying out. Furthermore, and in addition to, your DC characters Superman and Batman pretty much took the limelight in the 80s, making Marvel's properties a subpar effort. They had to wait in the wings for the right time to start saturating the market (ie as soon as Batman started sporting nipples). Hollywood wasnt really interested in Marvel until Xmen and Spiderman cartoons in 94-95 showed some marketability. Singer and Raimi made their move and the rest is history. Now if youre gonna compare franchises, at least keep them in similar tastes...There's a huge difference between transforming robots and ninja turtles. even GI Joe, if you wanna go there. If you're gonna pull the Transformers card out, then be logical and pair them up with the GO-BOTS or something equally similar. Christ even SHE RA got her own damn movie before the "ALMIGHTY THOR" did. LOL. YOUR argument is invalid.

  • May 7, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    addendum

    by doom master

    Yes. All this because a movie came out before the other - Thor's "supposedly" a popular Marvel character, like He Man...but it only took about 6 years for a movie to be gambled on. With Thor they said screw this sword and sorcery superhero crap and it was shitcanned for how many years? 30? First out the gate, bro. "I have the POWERRRR!"

  • May 7, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    @doom master

    by Err

    So a movie about gods, nine different worlds, the mortal plane of Earth is the equivalent of a movie involving a man who uses a sword to do battle against a skeleton? Brilliant. I kept mine in the same genre, popular 80s television shows. TMNT, GI Joe, Transformers.... all popular 80s television shows. If you'd prefer me to make it simpler for you because you are unable to grasp the anology, then try this one: By your comparison of MOTU to Thor, you therefore assume that Blade is a bigger, more popular franchise than Spider-Man, X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man, etc. because the Blade movie came out before all of those movies. If you honestly are judging the popularity of a character based on whose movie came out first, then you need to seriously reconsider your thought process. Wonder Woman is considered a part of the big 3 of the DC Universe. She is the most notable female superhero and when ranking heroes, generally comes ahead of the Fantastic Four, Blade, and even Iron Man. But because she has never had a movie, we must assume that she is therefore not a popular character because no one has made a movie about it yet.

  • May 7, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    @mattman

    by Err

    I didn't get to compare Man-At-Arms, Orko, or Cringer to the Warriors 3 yet. I'm still waiting to use that.

  • May 7, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Hey if you saw Masters of the Universe movie

    by doom master

    Then you'll see what Im talking about. This film is not unlike Thor. I'll admit that in the realm of Marvel, Thor's prominence rankas highly within the Avengers and not so much as a standalone project. Kenneth Branagh took some balls to make this happen - he probably likes a good challenge. Yet for all its worth Thor really isn't any different from Masters and I'm pretty sure nobody is going to care for a sequel to Thor....of all the Avengers characters, his is the least cared about. So you can say it was obligatory for Marvel to milk it. LOL. Seriously. And as far as Wonder Woman goes...Well...you tell me. She had a good run with the Superfriends, had her own TV series...You got me why she's the last on the DC side to get made (alongside Aquaman). Maybe its just her mythology that people didn't really catch on to (You gotta admit hers is kinda silly). Maybe it's because she's a female superhero and at the time they were in the minority and most their films failed at the BO (ex: Supergirl, Catwoman). If you want to use that analogy, go right ahead...but you and I already know theyre resurrecting WW as we speak for her own TV show, so whuteva bro... Bottom line, Thor's a god. With a god on your team do you really need anyone else? Not really. His character just sucks the life out of the other Marvel characters, and now that he's an "alien" I guess that makes him on par with Superman, now. Like I said, it's no wonder Thor never made it out of the box for so long.

  • May 7, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    My sister

    by deelzbub

    who knows zilch about comics (other than Snoopy), LOVED Thor! and cannot wait for Thor 2. All the haters can suck it. This movie was made with WIDE appeal using the exact same story that hooked readers 40 some odd years ago. (Except for the Donald Blake alter ego thing) And the females I was with were all laughing at Kat Dennings lines, so her character served a purpose as well. Although many of us did not realize that purpose at first. I'll be seeing Thor for the 3rd time next week when I take my kids.

  • May 7, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Drain

    by STICKY WHITE

    That's because you're an idiot.

  • May 7, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    There are plenty of funny people here drain

    by STICKY WHITE

    You're just not one of them. Sorry. That little Bieber twink might find you hilarious though. You should tweet him one of your many failed AICN "jokes". He'll love it I'm sure.

  • May 7, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    You misunderstand me drain

    by STICKY WHITE

    I don't tweet. And I don't have any need to try and bait pseudo-celebs with thousands of unfunny AICN posts. You're thinking is all bass ackwards as usual. Move out of your mom's house poo brain.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Ryan's mom knocks on door telling him it's time for a bath..

    by STICKY WHITE

    Ryan deep into tweet mode: Go away! 'Batin! Me? Love that review? Didn't read it. That may be because I'm not a big 'ol fat and hairy fag (aka: bear) who stalks..er..I mean "follows" little boys on a social networking site. God, you're so gay.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Not aiming for humor drain

    by STICKY WHITE

    Just the truth. Dies on Twitter? Is that what it feels like when your stalking victims don't respond to you?

  • May 7, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Get help drain

    by STICKY WHITE

    Go outside for once..talk to a real live person that isn't your mom..get someone to fix your creepy retard gaze..learn that contrariness does not equal funny..etc,.. Just some suggestions.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by ThatEndDown

    Didn't take you guys long to start masturbating Nolan and his Batman films yet again.

  • May 8, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Deelzbub

    by Aaron

    Yes, I also got done watching it again. No gauntlet, which is good, I agree. That needs to be its own story, obviously.

  • May 8, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The NM scenes reminded me of SUPERGIRL and MOTU

    by FlyingToupee

    The NM scenes reminded me of SUPERGIRL and MOTU. They had a cheesy look to them(not saying they weren't fun, because they were). Thor's pals showing up in NM was especially like MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Even when Thor was flying with Mjolnir in Asgard it looked like Supergirl flying out of the Phantom Zone. But that's not to say it wasn't a good movie, because it was. Highly entertaining popcorn fun for all ages. In fact, the complete innocence of this movie was very refreshing, and a nice break from the usual "darkness" of most contemporary genre films.

  • May 8, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    boxofficemojo has this flick making BANK internationally

    by BlaGyver

    Solid US opening, but it's apparently already hit 242 million worldwide. Although I have NO idea how accurate boxofficemojo is.

  • May 8, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I think DC needs to start taking more leads from Marvel

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>I just saw this movie today. I enjoyed it a lot. Chris Hemsworth truly embodies the roll of a Norse God of Thunder. He does an excellent job. As does Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Odin. And Tom Hiddleston as Loki was terrific. A villain you could understand and truly empathize with.</p> <p>All in all an enjoyable superhero movie. And the thing that Marvel is doing so well at, that Warner Brothers and DC need to recognize, is they are not portraying their characters in a vaccuum. Thanks to The Avengers coming out next year, and all of the ground work done in Iron Man (1 & 2), and The Hulk, they are bridging the films and demonstrating that these heros inhabit the same world. They need to do that with Batman and Superman and GL and all of the rest of their super hero movies (and TV Shows) that come out in the future. Smallville does it to some extent but they need to bring it to the big screen.</p>

  • May 9, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Saw this in 3D/IMAX

    by VegasRonReturns

    at the Palms in vegas. Looked great and I enjoyed it, putting it on par with Iron Man.<p> Not sure why so many people are complaining about the 3D quality, unless they just saw it in shit theaters.

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