So I saw Thor on Sunday.
This is a film which I thought, 'good, very well made - nobody needs to reboot anything'. Thank God. If they do, I will burn Marvel Studios to the ground. *deep breath* But I digress.

Warning spoilers ahead!

Marvel Studios has continued it's long line of successful films (no, Letterier's Incredible Hulk doesn't count) Thor! Chris Hemsworth, a promising actor, has been snagged for a big budget full length film.

Thor's home is Asgard, Thor, full of hubris, thinks he is completely capable of taking on the responsibilities of the throne, but his slightly immature comments, during his indoctrination, are not well recieved. So his father, Odin (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins), with much emotional pain, strips him of his powers in front of the entire kingdom. And Odin sends him to Earth - once the home of the people of Asgard - in the hope that his son will mature enough to be worthy, once more of the throne. Since Thor has been sent away, and without revealing too much of the events inside Asgard, the Frost Giants attack, even though they could no longer enter the Asgard realm . . . .

End spoilers

Here we have a film which has well balanced fight scenes and dialogue. Besides the stunt work (which were dangerous, but well executed) the costumes were well designed (remember before it's release, when some idiots thought that the costumes looked campy? not so. The lighting among other things helped with that. Just remember that the next time you judge pictures of the Captain America costumes.) (Also, I saw the regular version of the film, and not the other which was in Real3D. The regular version as always worth watching).

The story was logical. The editor made very good choices in post-production. Thank God the length of the scenes weren't insanely short (I hate feature-length films which are cut in such a way where they feel TOO short).

If you've know Chris Hemsworth from his television work, you'll be happy that he was chosen to portray the God of Thunder. His portrayal was refreshingly NOT full of pre-defined re-actions (like most actors in North America who have a Stanislavsky base in their training). The actions of his character happened in the moment (with the exceptions of a few moments which need work). His characters humor was not over the top.

And most importantly, he was well built, but lean - something which a proper action-star should be when doing these kinds of films.

The supporting characters had good portrayals. Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, who portrayed the [political science] assistant, had humor that was slightly off-center. Much like Paulo Costanzo 's character, Ryan, in 40 Days and 40 Nights .

Finally, I was very happy with the fight scenes from everybody. Even the supporting characters. It began with good exposition, and crane shots.

There were even a very good supporting characters:
  • (Idris Elba as Heimdall), who proved that a little is worth a hell of a lot. 
  • Natalie Portman as Jane Foster: was a storm chaser who, though I would have chosen someone else for the role, was thank fully not plastered all over the screenas if it was HER film.
  • Anthony Hopkins as Odin: 'Nuff said.
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig: one of my favorite european actors. His character had very challenging obstacles as far as his ancestors were concerned.
  • Colm Feore as Laufey: even though he was the shortest of the tall actors portraying the other frost Giants his portrayal was very direct and concentrated.
  • Ray Stevenson as Volstagg the Valiant: ray, whom we know from the second re-make of the original Punisher film with Dolph Lundgren, was very enjoyable to watch as the as comedy relief (which is why the comic character was based on Falstaff).
  • Tadanobu Asano as Hogun the Grim : I love Japanese actors. That's all I'll say.
  • Joshua Dallas as Fandral the Dashing: Joshua sword fights were very direct and realistic.
The last three characters are members of the Warriors Three.
All in all, you must see this film. The next time we see Thor, will be in The Avengers (2012) film.

You've just been given simple, honest, direct language. Euphemism-free.

Until next time, I remain

                                        Johnny Marvéll