What does a superhero Marvel film has to offer someone that is not remotely interested in comic books? Apparently, a lot.
This movie called my attention months before it hit the big screen even though I am no great fan of Marvel. You will not catch me watching Captain America and I am pleased to say Thor in the movie, looks way more appealing then the Thor in the comic books. Having said all that, with a cast full of stars including Natalie Portman (The Black Swan), Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal), Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia & Pirates of the Caribbean) and Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon) as well as newcomer Australian hottie Chris Hemsworth (Home & Away) how could I resist having a peep?
If you are a comic book fan, you will notice the changes to the plot and the more purists of followers might not actually like them, but I thought it was a good way to shorten an otherwise quite lengthy story. Thor has been appearing in Marvel Comics since August 1962 so there had to be a cutting line somewhere. In short, I thought the plot was short and sweet with plenty of action to satisfy the boys and a subtle, but still pretty much there, romance to make the girls happy. As a romance fan, I would love to have seen more happen in between Thor and his human love interest Jane, however what does happen in between them has an innocent and pure feel to it, making it quite sweet and giving the god of thunder a soft spot. If you are a fan of special affects, you will like all the other worlds created in this movie and some of the fighting moves are nothing if not acrobatic.
Soundtrack wise, this is a traditional film with scores being composed for it. And while there were no bands you could recognize, composer Patrick Doyle (known for his work in Harry Porter and Bridget Jones Diary as well as others) did a great job in creating atmosphere and building momentum.
Marvel Studios has and is releasing a series of superhero movies: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider Man, X-Man etc. So it is of no surprise that some of these are to be put together to make the team of superheroes known in the comics as "The Avengers" for a film of the same title due to release in 2012. Honestly, I would rather see a second movie of Thor as they have done with some of the other superheroes such as Spider, Iron and X-Man as well as the Hulk. I am all for seeing the romance in between Thor and Jane develop, not to mention the prospect of seeing Chris Hemsworth without his shirt on. Girls, I promise you is worth watching the movie just to see it in action. :-)
Film Rating: ****
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