Sunday, 7 April 2019

Marvel Movie Marathon: 'Thor' (2011)

*This post contains spoilers for Thor (2011). You have been warned!*

I have a real soft spot for this movie, in spite of its flaws. Maybe it's the 'fish out of water' humour that still makes me chuckle, or maybe it's the fact that I just like Thor as a character. We'll get to Thor: Ragnarok later, of course, and I'll get a chance to praise it to no end, but remembering how he's much funnier and quirkier in that film makes it feel like his character is almost wasted in this first instalment in the Thor trilogy. This film could have been so over-the-top and cheesy, and that would have made it real 'guilty pleasure' viewing. Instead, I feel like it falls short of being a fun flick that doesn't take itself all that seriously, and any serious moments tend to weigh it down.

But no matter what issues I have with it, this movie, like many of the MCU films, gets by on the strength of its main characters. Thor might have a predictable character arc as the arrogant king who must learn humility, but he has these moments of humour that always manage to make me laugh. But the real star of this show is Loki, of course. He's probably one of the best characters in the entire cinematic universe - mischievous and charismatic and very entertaining to watch. Maybe he and Thor stand out SO MUCH because this film is full of characters that are very easily forgotten. I don't remember much about Thor's friends, or Jane's companions, or many others apart from the main characters. While we're on the subject of Jane, she's not exactly the most compelling love interest in the MCU. It's like they tried to make her this super-smart, super-confident girl boss, but she ends up being a giggly, girlish stereotype whenever she's around Thor. Her relationship with him feels less like a love story and more like a lust story - they don't really seem to fall in love no matter how much the film tries to trick us into it with their stargazing scene, but they definitely fancy each other, hence why she goes in for a full make-out session before he returns to Asgard. Nah, I don't buy it.

I'm going to place it here on the list just now, which surprises me considering how many negatives I can find in this movie. But, at the end of the day, I'd rather re-watch this than re-watch Iron Man 2. I prefer the fantasy element of this film, and I'd much rather see Loki as the villain as opposed to Justin Hammer. Ugh.
  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. Thor (2011)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Next: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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