While all the other stories based in Marvel are science gone awry,which as always is way more believable, Thor, on the other hand, is a much more difficult sell. The Mighty Thor, including his kin and fellow gods are based on mythology and magic, something that when you’re dealing with superheroes being solely magic in a semi-real world, (which is weird to say mind you) you get a bit of a clash and the possibility it might not be ‘bought’ by the general viewer.
Allow me to reassure fans and non-fans with a general interest in the film THOR: this movie is fantastic.
The story is almost Shakespearean in nature, which is fantastic, considering that Kenneth Branagh directed the film. Branagh has had a long storied history directing film versions of plays by the great literary genius that is William Shakespeare, (such as Henry V (1989) and 1996’s Hamlet) so it’s no wonder, especially now that I’ve seen the film, that he does so well with the story of Thor for Marvel.
Thor has had a lot going against it. Despite wonderful reviews the past few weeks cropping up and all over, since it’s been shooting Thor has had a stigma that the scenes that takes place in Asgard, the classic dominion of the Gods such as Loki, Odin and the mighty Thor, are laughable. Asgard is a place that is totally reliant on magic. It has a ‘rainbow road’ and though I would never say it was an actual rainbow road until they pointed out, (perhaps because I just imagine a rainbow road being an actual rainbow?) but to say it didn’t look nor wasn’t damn cool would still not do the film justice.
The film, as I said previously, has a major Shakespearean slant towards it, such as the warring brothers, one adoptive, the other born of blood, fighting for the throne of Asgard, only one is truly unaware of the odd hatred from his brother, though. Obviously Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the God of Mischief, is the one who feels off, and alone, vying for attention of the crown of Asgard against his brother, Thor, who apparently is loved by all, none moreso than is father and ruler of the realm of Asgard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). But Thor (Chris Hemsworth), despite his admiration from all around him, is also spoiled, arrogant, war-ish and fool-hardy. When spies of the Frost Giants, those who are at war with the gods of Asgard, despite a shaky peace treaty, find a way to sneak into Asgard, Thor is quick to go and make and reignite war with the Frost Giants. Despite his father’s pleas to not do so, Thor leads a group of gods loyal to him, including brother Loki, feigning concern, to the lair of the Frost Giants. Thor is quick to defeat large numbers of the Frost Giants and their creature, before Odin returns, apologizes for his son re-starting the war, and takes Thor, and his warrior-friends back to Asgard. For disobeying the crown, for being everything Thor is, and lacking something a true king to replace Odin would need, he banishes Thor from his hammer, named Mjolnir, by stating “"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." Sending both Mjolnir and Thor to earth, Odin falls into Odinsleep, while Loki takes over as ‘acting’ king and ruler of Asgard.
What is great about Thor is the heart around the story. It’s obvious from the beginning Loki is the big bad of Thor’s story, but Loki is somewhat plagued with and by his brother. While it’s obvious Loki will always try to outsmart and overpower Thor, truly jealous of all that his brother has, the moments of hesitation before he acts in some cases, is very powerful, showing that despite his hatred, there is also an conflicting amount of love, so by the time you reach the end, you do feel somewhat sympathetic towards Loki, if not also continuously cautious about the god of mischief’s motives.
**ATTENTION: THE FOLLOWING BELOW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS REGARDING THE END CREDIT TAG**
I’d be remiss to say that you should stick around to the end credits of the film. There is, by many accounts, what I may consider a huge twist. It left me scratching my head a bit as well as others as it of course puts another piece back into the Marvel’s Avengers puzzle, pertaining to Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr. Erik Selvig. Has he really been Loki the entire time? Or at some point did Loki switch out the real Selvig? One thing is for sure, it made the Marvel fan in me become even MORE excited in seeing this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
**ATTENTION: Spoilers are now DONE**
Overall, Thor is a fantastic film with a lot of heart. While I can’t see the role of Thor being played by anyone else besides Hemsworth, at the same time, the reason why Thor is better than Iron Man is the story and the heart the story resides in is crip, clear and concise and doesn’t rely on actors making the most of their scenes to make it work. While Iron Man was sole solely by the cast and it’s lead, Thor has a much harder job and succeeds beyond expectations. One of this summer’s must see-films is Marvel Studios’ Thor, so yes, the Mighty Thor is very much so.