Thor, The Best Of Avengers Phase 1? - Review
Summary: Thor is the best of the Marvel Avengers movies, to date. Or is it?
Frozen or Thor'd?
I have written before about the Avengers movies, but I said there that Avengers Assemble was the best of "Phase 1".
Well, I may have to revise that opinion and put Thor on top, or at least, give them joint first position.
There's just something about this movie that puts it head and shoulders above the others and no, I'm not just referring to Chris Hemsworth's (Thor) physical height!
A Trip To Asgard
The story is very different to the other Avengers movies, with a different setting and another world to explore (more than one, in fact).
The artwork and effects for the environment of Asgard are particularly good, giving it the feeling of a heavenly dwelling place and a sense of wonder, while also being connected in some way with the worlds around it.
Without spoiling the plot, its themes are that of redemption and consequences, with Thor and those around him being changed by their experiences.
The characters, most being gods from our human perspective, are all interesting, especially the relationship between the brothers Thor and Loki, and their father Odin.
Anthony Hopkins as Odin is suitably impressive, but I've become a huge fan of Tom Hiddleston as Loki and I look forward to seeing him in this (and the Avengers), almost as much as the main hero.
The human characters are fun too and provide a, er, human dimension to the action.
Their actions and reactions as they try to understand what they are dealing with are fun and provide a contrast to all the godly goings on.
It's also good to see some political interplay going on between the different factions.
Even if it's not developed to any great extent, the repercussions of events are brought home to us at a national (global?) and personal level.
This sets things up nicely for the later movies, as both family relationships and the greater good are brought into question.
At the same time, it is full of humour and doesn't take itself too seriously.
From Thor's insistence on speaking in a semi-Shakespearean dialect throughout ("are these your chambers?"), to some genuinely laugh out loud comments (look out for the lines following, "I need a horse"), it will definitely keep you entertained.
Hammer Of The Gods
I like too how it crosses genres, in that while Thor and friends have 'powers' in the superhero sense, sometimes they come across as magic and sometimes as science - in a Sci Fi kind of way, of course.
Indeed, the hero himself says, "I come from a place where they are one and the same thing".
That puts Thor in a unique place within the Avengers pantheon: Iron Man has technology, Captain America and the Hulk have special abilities, but only Thor has both.
One of the stars of the movie IMO, is not in fact a person, but a hammer.
This weapon of potentially mass destruction is inextricably linked to Thor's journey, and how he wields it is key to how things pan out - not to mention some lovely special effects.
It always gives an amazing impression of weight and it becomes as believable as the characters and the scientific techno-babble.
So in conclusion, I have to recommend this movie to you and I will place it at number 1 of the Avengers movie chart, for at least as long as the next time I watch Avengers Assemble ...or Iron Man ...or Captain America ...ahem...
Update: Want more Thor? Then see my review of the sequel Thor: The Dark World.
I love me some Avengers and here are some of their movies for you to take home.
The Avengers Assemble together for the first time, including our favourite man with a hammer.
If you want your superhero a bit more down to Earth, then Captain America will be able to sort out those bad guys.
Here's a trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Last updated on March 20, 2014
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