Movie Review: Thor (2011)

thor posterThor’s eyebrows, that is all – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #5

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Kenneth Branagh

Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the God of Thunder, the son of Odin and a hot headed, cocky and totally unready successor to the throne. After disobeying his father and essentially re-starting a war with a long time enemy of Asgard, Thor is stripped of his powers and banished to earth. Here he meets scientist Jane (Natalie Portman) and with her help he learns compassion, empathy and what it means to be a king and save a world.

Opinion: Why is it that two of my least liked Avengers movies are back to back in the watching order. Yes, you read correctly, I’m not a Thor fan and while I am aware that this is an extremely unpopular opinion, please note that I have watched this movie three times and my feelings have not changed. Having said that though, I did discover that I had an interesting thought process during this screening where I found myself enjoying the movie and wondering why I had been so insistent that I didn’t like it. I mean yes Thor is a cocky and annoying character, but it is intentional and part of the story, so I can’t fault that. The actors are all great, the dialogue is fun at times and the action is everything expected from an Avengers movie. So there I was, laughing at the right times, enjoying the action scenes, getting caught up in the plot and wondering where my strong dislike came from…until it rose up and slapped me in the face. The movie is just so horribly cheesy and predictable in the last third. You know, that section of the movie that should be the most exciting, the most eventful and the most conclusive and satisfying? When it comes to Thor I could see that the intention was there but, for me anyway, it just had a roll your eyes and groan kind of effect. I mean, honestly, a lifetime of arrogance and selfishness is changed and redeemed in like 24 hours? Yep Thor is so magical he meets a girl, falls in love and changes over night all while having no idea how earth works – “I’d like to buy a horse” – and fighting government agents who for some reason don’t arrest him because that’s totally realistic. Yes, I am aware that this is a fictitious movie in the super unrealistic Avengers universe but come on! It just feels so forced and ridiculous even by those standards. Anyway, these are my own thoughts and opinions and I know a lot of people out there do love this movie so, in a way, I’m jealous of them because I wish I did love it….but unfortunately it’s only an okay from me. Oh also, the over-dying of Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows in this movie is one of the most horribly annoying distractions I have ever seen. He is naturally blonde, it wasn’t necessary, and it makes his forehead look HUGE and his eyes look weird and small. For anyone that has never noticed this before, I’m sorry you will now never not see it but also, how did you miss it??

Fun Facts: As usual, there is a Stan Lee cameo, an end credit scene and a fun little overlap sequence from the end credit scene in Iron Man 2. We’re now well invested in the Avengers Universe so look out for all of the hints and clues that link the movies together.


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