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Thursday, December 1. 2011
The Viking god Thor was a pretty awesome dude, right? I mean, he was really strong and was the god of thunder and had that really cool hammer and-
Wait a sec.
A hammer? You mean, like, if a bunch of nails stage a rebellion, Thor's the guy to call?
A hammer? I warned him, "You know, you could put an eye out with that thing!" So, that's who you're up against? Someone who can give you a really nasty conk on the ol' noggin?
So there I was watching Thor the other night and wow, what a great movie. I confess I usually don't like 'superhero' movies. I thought Batman 6 stunk up the joint, every Superman has been absolutely terrible (except every scene with the irrepressible Gene Hackman, of course), I never bothered watching the other Spiderman movies after that first travesty, and the list goes on. Green Lantern and Captain America are both in my Netflix queue, but I'm not hopeful.
Side question: If you were producing the first major 'Superman' movie of the modern era, wouldn't you want the plot to be a little more plausible than "If you reverse the rotation of the Earth, time goes backwards"?
Anyway, not only was Thor terrific, but it also answered our original question:
Yes, Virginia, a hammer. Here are three ways in which he uses the empowered hammer Mjölnir, utilizing elements such as lightning, raw energy, and the awesome cyclonic power of the vortex.
Elements you would expect from the God of Thunder.
Like the last line in the clip, there are a handful of cute comedic moments blended in. When they first come across the handsome, unconscious Thor, one of the girls says, "Whoa, does he need CPR? Because I totally know CPR."
A few more notes are below the fold.
And by the way, happy Thor's Day, everyone.
Natalie Portman plays the main (Earth) lead, and I have to admit I was really wrong about something. When I saw Christina Ricci as a young girl in Casper and the two Addams Family movies, I thought she was going to grow into a true exotic beauty. She didn't. When I saw Natalie Portman around the same age in The Professional and Heat, I thought she was going to grow into a rather plain lady, but as you saw in the above clip, she's blossomed into a wonderful looking woman.
The supporting cast was also superb. Idris Elba, who plays the guardian of the portal, was friggin' awesome, and as cute as Portman is, Jaimie Alexander (seen in the above clip with the beaming smile and below) is as hot as Catherine Zeta-Jones was at her peak.
In a dramatic break from Hollywood tradition, there's a secret government agency involved who confiscates the scientists' equipment — and they're actually not made out to be the usual baby-killing CIA-type bad guys. The head honcho is actually quite likeable and even gives Thor a chance to redeem Mjölnir when a real bad guy would have taken him down.
The great Anthony Hopkins plays Odin, Rene Russo plays his wife, and if these two old pros signed on, that should say something. If the guy who drags Portman out of danger looked slightly familiar, that's Stellan Skarsgard who played Bootstrap Bill in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Doc gives this one 8 up twinkles, or '4 stars' by the old rating system. Highly recommended.
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Because I totally know CPR.
CPR is sexy? Guess some folks have a weird thing for breaking ribs.
Ah, you make a good point. In other words, if you came across a hot, busty bombshell in distress, the last thing you'd want to do is perform CPR on her?
Convince me. :)
--them nazzis like totally disgraced the norse pantheon. They runed the image, i guess one could say. On the other hand, 8th AAF had plenty in common with the hammer of Thor!
I am appalled at this review.
How could you fail to mention how Idris Elba -- Heimdall -- totally owned every single scene he was in? That man has absolutely incredible presence.
if you get the chance, watch Elba's Luther series for the BBC, its not your usual cop show.
Re: Thor the movie, only improvement would be a six part mini series, followed by a four part Warriors Three series.
I liked it too, and I'm not a big fan of most of the comic book movies (except Watchmen). Pullo from Rome (Ray Stevenson) was in it too.
Jay - Fixed!
NJ - Thanks, hadn't heard of it. Just added it to the Netflix queue.
Before gunpowder equalized battles, hammers and axes produced more casualties than did gentlemanly swords. I would prefer a hammer to either. A hammer gives a greater likelihood of decommissioning an opponent.
A word of caution about "Watchmen" - read up on the background before you watch it. It probably won't make any sense if you don't.
Now, on to "Thor". Here's the thing Doc - you really have to get caught up on the Marvel comics universe to do a proper review. I mean seriously - the "secret" government agency is Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. - Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. By the way, S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone through two other iterations under Nick Fury's command - the original Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division and the second Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.
Anyway, back to "Thor". This is part of the nine part Marvel Comics movie series which started with Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). "The Avengers" will be the sixth film with three more revolving around additional characters from the Marvel universe (probably Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer).
Sheesh - I keep getting side tracked. Anyhoo, I liked "Thor" a lot - it kept to the Marvel construct very closely and the CGI was stellar - not in your face and not too over the top - just right. Loved the Ice Giants Jotunheim - that was just way cool. I actually liked it more than Iron Man which I thought was another great movie from the series. I thought the Destroyer's were a little over the top though - didn't care much for them as the comics concept is different and I think better.
Still, all in all, a really good movie to watch. I didn't even mind Natalie Portman who I never really cared for as a actress - didn't bother me at all.
With respect to "Green Lantern" - I liked it. It was fairly faithful to the comic - a few little things that weren't quite right, but in general, pretty good. The Guardians in particular are spot on as is Sinestro and the rest of the Green Lanterns.
I have this thing where I measure the relative worth of a movie by how many times I look at my watch - didn't look at it once during each movie so that tells me they were really good.
Now if they could only develop "Green Arrow". :>)
Tom - Like your in-depth wiccan comment the other day, one's forced to ask, "Gosh, Tom how to you know all this stuff??" On the other hand, I suppose whether it's 'Moby Dick' or Marvel comic books, I guess there's something for everybody.
(BTW, I'm crushed you didn't give me any up twinkles for my usage of the ultra-hip term. I did it just for you.)"
"you really have to get caught up on the Marvel comics universe to do a proper review. I mean seriously - the "secret" government agency is Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D."
Er, yeah, I knew the name of the organization since they mentioned it a dozen times, but as soon as I use "S.H.I.E.L.D." then I have to explain what it means and all that, which doesn't add a thing to the review. I mean, seriously.
I'm looking forward to 'Green Lantern' because I like everything Ryan Reynolds has done. 'Van Wilder' remains a perennial favorite, ditto 'Smokin' Aces'. I liked Green Lantern back when I was a kid.
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power...Green Lantern's light!
As far as comic book collections go, I'm sure my story echoes many others. At 13, I probably had 2,000 comic books, including all the 'first cover editions', I'm sure. I went away to summer camp and they had been tossed out while I was gone as my dear parents thought it was time for me to grow out of that stage.
To this day I still feel like they owe me $8 mil in lost collector's revenue. :)
You're right - I didn't give you proper respect.
Twenty Up-Twinkles for your review.
"Gosh, Tom how to you know all this stuff??"
Would you believe that I'm a 12 year old super genius stuffed into a 65 year old body?
I've been into graphic novels and comics since I was seven years old. As a severe dyslexic, the art and action attracted me even if I couldn't really read what the narrative bubbles said. But I could infer what they said and it was part of my struggle to learn to read.
As such, I, as most kids did, had a comics collection that was stellar. Like you, quite a few first editions. Fortunately, my parents weren't opposed to keeping the collections over the years and they eventually were sold to pay for our first house - I kept some of the more rare ones and some duplicates to pass on to the kids.
I'm big into the Marvel universe - not so much the DC universe.
I'm also big into Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - I have several first edition hard covers, all the graphic novels and maps and all 39 books in hardcover - several autographed. The first 26 are British editions with cover art by Jack Kirby - quite valuable now.
"As dyslexic a severe, art the action and me attracted if even couldn't I read really the what bubbles narrative said."
Ya know, I didn't want to mention it before, but I've noticed a small problem with your wording sometimes. In thinking it through, I think I've come up with a solution.
Get two small mirrors about the size of eyeglass lenses. Mount them to a pair of eyeglasses so that the one on the right shows you the area straight ahead but just to the left of the center line, and aim the left mirror just to the right. Write like normal, and it should come looking perfectly fine.
No promises, though. :)
"and they eventually were sold to pay for our first house"
I can't wait to tell my mother that. "See, Mom? Now pay up!"
RE Dyslexia- you may be able to do something about that. There are eye doctors that specialize in fixing at least the ocular coordination part. In my case my eyes were unable to aim dead on at the same thing at the same time and hold steady. This is not lazy eye, it's much more subtle. In my late 20's I found a doctor that could help me and I spent time doing odd things like jumping on a mini trampoline, using 3-D like glasses, and other seemingly unrelated things. Three months later I had depth perception for the first time in my life and I went down 3 full levels of near-sightedness in my prescription. The therapy didn't help with orientation issues like reversals and if I didn't have a wedding ring I wouldn't know left from right. It did stop suppression (when the brain cuts out one eye's input to minimize confusion). It's nice not to walk into things. I don't recommend Dr. M's the mirror thing, though. In fact you might be better off with an eye patch.
Rats. And I'd already contacted the Patent Office. I had a roommate once whose brother was dyslexic and he got some kind of operation that fixed it, but I don't know any details.
Me, I've always had a lazy left eye, in the sense that I've never been able to focus it. If you remember Sally from the old Peanuts strips, she had the same thing. There's some big name for it she used to throw around.
The funny thing is, I can shoot a gun and sink a golf putt like nobody's business because I'm not confused by stereoscopic vision. Funny how things balance out.
I enjoyed Thor from beginning to end, even though to tell the truth I couldn't be bothered to keep track of whatever it was using for a plot. I approve 100% of the actor playing Thor.
The Thor movie has done well in the box office and more recently with DVD sales and, I submit, deservedly so.
Tom Hiddeston as the complex character of Loki was the highlight for me, although the Aussie actor playing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was pretty good.
I'm pleased they are going to make a Thor 2.
As an Aussie sci-fi writer: http://www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz/AlienHunter.html
I’ve written a bit of Thor fan fiction, why not check it out: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1276881/David_Scholes
Despite all expectations I enjoyed Thor. I also enjoyed Green Lantern & Capt America. I enjoyed the 3 Spiderman's, and despised all the Batman's. I did like the first Superman. I was
3 miles from Hackensack NJ when I saw it.