The summer movie season is kicking off, and they've started out with a bang. Marvel Studios has brought another of their characters to the screen, this time Thor, the God of Thunder. If you haven't read the comics (and I haven't) this isn't going to be the Thor you're expecting from the children's stories. Instead Marvel has infused the story line with modern day science fiction and magic blended together. Asgard, the realm of the Norse gods, is in reality an alien world on the other side of a wormhole which is in turn part of a group of nine worlds linked together. Their magic is, as expected, really highly advanced technology.
In what has become a seriously irritating trend, the initial opening sequence of the movie then backtracks to a series of events back on Asgard in which Thor and his sidekicks have decided to rid their world of a mortal enemy: The frost giants. A series of overly impulsive decisions leads Odin to decide to banish Thor from Asgard, at which point we rejoin the plot that was already in progress. I have developed a serious dislike for this trend. It started with TV shows a couple of seasons ago and has become a crutch for Hollywood. The story can be told just fine without the "grab" moment right at the beginning. The backtracking part loses something.
Aside from the annoyance, the story itself is very well told and has no glaring problems. I don't know how close it stays to the Norse legends or to the comics, but my guess is everything holds together pretty well. If you're paying particular attention during the movie it will also become apparent that Marvel has been working up to something to come in the future. There's a strong tie in to Iron Man 2, which I failed to pick up on right away. This kind of story telling can either turn out to be fabulously well done, or fall flat on its face. The only way to know which would be to figure out which movies belong to the larger story arc and make sure you watch them all. No doubt this is Hollywood's way of boosting revenue.
Special effects and audio were all top notch and provided proper enhancement to the story instead of becoming the entire point. Everything you might expect from a big budget sci-fi comic movie.
All in all, Thor provides a welcome bit of entertainment and is definitely worth the trip.
On the Horizon
May 20: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The next installment in the series, which will have the pirates out searching for the Fountain of Youth.
June 3: X-Men: First Class. An apparent prequel that takes place 10 years before Wolverine.
June 17: The Green Lantern. We've known about this one coming for some time, it's almost here, and the previews look very good. Unlike the flop that was Green Hornet.
July 1: Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Still no theater previews of this. Looks to be more or less what was expected, Shockwave returning to cause trouble. July isn't that far away guys, internet trailers don't do this justice!
July 15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I could have sworn this was slated for November, but it looks like they've decided to set it up for summer instead. Good, means I don't have to wait as long and it won't get in the way of Skyrim
July 22: Captain America: The First Avenger. Another Marvel movie. As you might guess, there's hints of crossover from Thor. I'm sure right about now you comic fans are laughing your asses off at me for not knowing this.
July 29: Cowboys & Aliens. Space western anyone? Although it appears to be more western than space, it's definitely got the aliens part covered. My gut says this is going to be lame as hell, but something about it just won't let me ignore it either.
August 29: Apollo 18. This one should be a blast if for no other reason than to see the storm of conspiracy theories that will arise from it.
And then... after that... not a damn thing worth going to see has been announced thus far. A highly unusual situation to find the holiday movie season in. I can't recall a single one having gone by in the past where there wasn't some kind of really good movie being released in either November or December. It's as though everything shuts down after the summer schedule ends.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
This i cant wait for. I have watched a bucked load of movies over the last couple of weeks, one that i had a huge laugh to was Tucker and Dale Vrs Evil, totally silly in all ways possible.