Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It’s the Hammer Slam with Thor!

Marvel’s take on the God of Thunder was closer to or as epic as The Lord of the Rings was, pretty much J.R.R. Tolkien had a Viking descent, which is why almost all of the things in the book and movie seemed like it was based on the idea of the legend of the Aesirs. It was such a shame that I didn’t have the time to write a review about Thor as it had become instantly one of my favorite films, but here I am making up for it and hopefully I can do justice to my past blunders with it.

Like most of the cast of Fantastic Four, Chris Hemsworth is fairly new in taking on the role of Thor and it seemed that Natalie Portman will take the lead role ahead of the other actors just like Jessica Alba did in the past. However, Kenneth Branagh’s leadership, the script and the actors doing their best made the movie an instant favorite, especially since Hollywood has never depicted the mythical gods from legend this way. True they showed us Hercules, Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and the others but all of them were not as physically dominating as the Thunder God was in the movies.

While Joutunheim was not as formidable a force for the Asgardians to reckon with, it placed an underlining theme on how things in the Thor universe were or supposed to be. It was also equally important when they included key elements in the film that hardcore comic book fans can relate to, even though Branagh and the writers put some of their own ideas to the film as well. It is after all based on a Marvel comic book so they made a good decision not to indulge in their creative ideas lest they want the movie to fail like what Gavin Hood did to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

I thought that the movie was cool and if you were a first time fan of the movie, then you will notice that the way they depicted Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was brilliantly diabolical. He had that sinister persona to him that reminded me of Dr. Doom from the first Fantastic Four movie, whose taste for vengeance was as relentless as his aims to being the greatest of all creatures. Already there’s a talk about the sequel and it’s titled Thor: The Dark World and in the recent San Diego ComiCon they revealed that the villains in the sequel will be the dark elves – a tribe from one of the nine realms who are accustomed to the practice of magic.

Whatever Marvel has in store for Thor: The Dark World I am definitely going to wait eagerly for it as they’re getting better and better at movie making and I am expecting more action and twists in the story of the film as apparently Odin has got the Infinity Gauntlet in his weapons vault. Who knows? They might give Thanos a short appearance in the movie also.

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