Okay, so I am a HUGE superhero nerd. Coincidentally, I am wearing my Dark Knight Rises shirt right now (which I am SUPER excited about. Be there July 20th!!). Therefore, I am really excited about the Avengers movie coming out in May. So I have decided to watch all the movies with an Avenger in them (Thor, Iron man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk) weekly before the movie. And today starts it, at week 6: THOR.
So pretty much, Thor and his bro Loki are gods and sons of Odin, the big king god. Long before, Odin’s kingdom was at war with another species, the Frost Giants, but Odin’s kingdom won and stole their big powerful artifact and kept it in his palace. The two species have been at truce ever since.
Anyway, back to Thor and Loki. Present day, Thor is about to be knighted or whatever the god equivalent to being knighted is, until they learn that Frost Giants have broken into the castle. They are trying to steal the artifact, but are blasted to bits by the big robot guard Odin has. Way to go Odin. Thor, enraged that the Frost Giants interrupted his big day, decides to go to the Frost Giants with his buddies and Loki and battle them. A huge battle plays out, until Odin jumps in and saves Thor and Co. just in the nick of time, shattering the truce between the Frost Giants and Odin’s Kingdom (which is called Asgard, which I remember now). Odin is angry at Thor for being a tool and doing that so he strips him of his god powers and sends him to earth and his hammer is tapped in a rock, enchanted to only let the worthy wield it. Watch the movie to see what becomes of Thor!
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Overall rating? 8/10
Now you may be wondering, 22/30? That’s only 73%! How does that make it an 8/10? I’m glad you asked. There are REALLY, REALLY hilariously bad special effects and scenes in this movie that make it worth watching.
Who Should Watch It: Honestly, there isn’t anything really bad in this movie. Very little swearing; there is some violence, but it’s not gory. Anybody 8 and up could probably handle it.
Closing Thoughts: Thor is worth watching, and you should definitely watch it if you are planning to see The Avengers, coming out May 4th.
I had zero expectations going into this movie. Natalie Portman was just as laughably awful as I had anticipated, but I hadn’t realized that Kenneth Branagh was the director. Kenneth was clearly going for “epic” here, with fantastic results. It’s a fun ride (even better if you’re familiar with Conan O’Brien’s “I’m Thor!!” routine). Absolutely one of the best really bad movies I’ve seen in a long time.
Like Jake said, there is violence and 7yo Cassidy did decide she wanted no part of watching it. But none of it is very graphic and there are no sexual overtones (always awkward when watching with your tween and teen boys). Good BAM! POW! sort of DC Comic fun.