Thor (2011)

Thor-thor-2011-21237641-1800-750“[interrogating Thor] It’s not easy to do what you did. You made my men, some of the most highly trained professionals in the world look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops. In my experience, it takes someone who’s received similar training to do what you did to them. Why don’t you tell me where you received that training? Afghanistan, Chechnya? No, you strike me more as the soldier of fortune type. Who are you?” – Agent Coulson

Number of Times Seen – 2 (7 Aug 2011 and 9 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – The God of Thunder is exiled to Earth and must find a way to stop his brother from letter an Army of Evil beings take over the Universe.

My Take on it – The idea and implementation of this new Marvel Avenger series is truly genius.  To my knowledge a task of this magnitude has never been tried and so far this idea has proven to make millions and millions of dollars for them.

This was the fourth solo superhero adventure [after Iron Man (2008), Iron man 2 (2010) and The Incredible Hulk (2009)] and although it is clearly the weakest of the origin movies [including Captain America: the First Avenger (2011)], it is still entertaining for those of us who grew up on comic books and are familiar with the characters, their abilities and their back stories.

Essentially, this movie falters only because of the necessity to tell how Thor got to Earth and eventually became a member of The Avengers.  Compared to the other Avengers, Thor seems like neanderthal man and this movie tries to explain to us how untrue that statement is, showing us his “human” side and compassion and love for innocents (especially Jane Foster).

This movie doesn’t work well on it own, but in the larger context of the The Avenger series, this chapter is essential and gives us important information about Thor, his brother Loki, and the humans Jane Foster and Dr. Erik Selvig that is needed for the further adventures of the Avengers.

For those of us familiar with Thor from the comic books, this movie tells Thor’s story quite well and a worthy chapter in The Avenger’s series.

Bottom Line – Weakest of the Marvel franchise movies, but still nicely done superhero origin story. Recommended.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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