Movie Review – Thor

Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

This one, I’ve been waiting a while to see. I heard it was coming out and, being a fan of Norse mythology, I have been looking forward to it hitting the theaters so I could get down there and check it out.

I was in for a bit of a surprise!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good surprise. I knew going in to this that it wasn’t based on the Norse myths and didn’t have much of anything to do with the Norse gods beyond using their names but I didn’t know it was going to be so outlandishly far off of anything even resembling a slight connection to anything which could even be misconstrued as being related to the stories of old that it may as well have been called “Bill” or “Josh”.

Now I’ve never read the comic series so I have no idea if it follows that story at all but what I do know is this. They turned Norse mythology into a comic and, in the process, slew it.

They didn’t even get Heimdallr’s color right (or the spelling of his name). In mythology (and apparently even in the comic book), Heimdallr is white. VERY white. “The whitest of the gods”. They should have had the guy who played Carlton do that role. NOBODY is whiter than he is…

Heimdallr does the ancient Norse ritual dance for opening the Bifrost Bridge

SOOOOOO…Other than the fact they they completely raped the entire mythology, I suppose the movie was ok. Not great, but ok. There was some action and a lot of explosions and some king-times style melee combat (zing, Kelly) but all in all it just left me wanting. It seems like the producers relied a bit too much on foreknowledge of the comic book story to satisfy the viewer and didn’t really make something that people who aren’t fans of the comic could enjoy to the fullest.

I wish they’d stop doing that.

I’m not going to tell you not to watch this one because it does have its moments and the effects are pretty good throughout, although I think over-reliance on CGI hurt the film a bit, as well. What I will tell you is not to go in expecting to be blown away because if you do you’re going to be dreadfully disappointed.

Kinda like I was.

6/10 FleshEatingZipper

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  • king-times style melee combat”, that’s surely a win.

  • Evaunit001

    If you know it’s based on the Marvel Comics version of Thor, it’s a bit silly to complain that it’s raped the entire mythology. Especially considering you acknowledge that the only similarities are the names.

    • My point was that I didn’t know, going into the experience, that Marvel had raped the mythology as badly as they had. I thought that, since they used “Thor” as the main character, there would be at least SOME resemblance to the original myths.

      I’m just sad because I didn’t get my way.

      • Retro

        In Fairness, going in to watch a Marvel Comic based movie, you’d have to expect it to follow the comic, and not the original mythology.