Sunday, May 22, 2011

THOR (2011)

I am not sure about the popularity of hammer wielding god of thunder in the comics’ world; still THOR attempts to create an impression amid viewers before the intended release of The Avengers set for 2012. Based on Norse Mythology director Kenneth Branagh establishes the marvel hero with great vigor.

The story begins in 965 A.D. when southern city of Norway, Tonsberg gets attacked by the Frost Giants of Jotunheim led by Laufey (Colm Feore) whose intension was in conquering the Nine Realms a.k.a. Nine Worlds as per Norse Cosmology, starting with Earth. The attempt however gets thwarted by the Asgardian warriors & their king Odin (Anthony Hopkins) who overwhelms the Frost Giants & seizes their casket of power.

When Odin’s son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gets ready to ascend the throne of Asgard the ritual gets interrupted by some Frost Giants who tries to salvage their power source from Asgard’s weapons’ vault. In spite of Odin’s order of restrain from retribution, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey on his own home ground accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddlestone) & some trusted friends. A battle ensues until Odin’s intervenes to reinstate the century old delicate truce which however gets shaken by Thor’s arrogance. Enraged with aftermath Odin strips Thor from his godly power & exiles him to Earth along with his source of power, the hammer named Mjolnir confined by spell which would allow only the worthy person to flaunt its power.

As Thor begins to adjust life on Earth he falls in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who finds him in the middle of the desert of New Mexico. With Thor out of the way Loki devises his own plan to annex Asgard’s throne & take control of the Nine Realms. The movie tries to exhibit the transition of Thor’s character before he confronted his nemesis.

In the midst of visual extravaganza, the story of Thor seems a bit rushed without giving adequate time for the characters to evolve. Super-hero based movies can thrive with strong archenemy which we have seen earlier in The Dark Knight. Tom Hiddlestone sadly lacked the magnetism to radiate the identity of true adversary during the climatic battle. Chris Hemsworth got enough time to exhibit his power with his hammer Mjolnir however his inner turmoil of humility over pride is left unfulfilled for us to really care for.

THOR might work for some trusted fans of the franchise however as a stand alone I cannot put it amongst other classic of this genre like The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Spider-Man 2. Thor was made in a grand scale with the intension of making it a valuable addition to the Marvel Studios still the enthralling special effects will not linger in the minds of those keen for rich plot.

My Rating : 6.5/10

1 comment:

  1. This film not only represented, but represents to this day, the very best of what it means to be a sci-fi epic. Though revolutionary in the realm of special effects, groundbreaking in other areas and breathtakingly creative, it does not rely solely on its original themes or new quirks to achieve acclaim, as many "good" sci-fi films do. This film, combines the best of science fiction with a story and a spirit that has meaning-- an underdog struggle, a coming of age tale, a morality play, behind an incredibly rich backdrop and a timeless cast of characters that fits it perfectly.