Rating: Pretty Damn Good
This was a tough review, a lot of mixed feedback that I had to sort through and try to understand what people really liked and really didn’t like about the movie. I gotta say giving this a Pretty Damn Good rating is seriously killing me. These reviews are less about my thoughts on the movie and more about guessing at what likeliness you’ll want to pay to see a movie in theaters. Based on that premise, my vote only makes up a portion of the overall rating and after calculating the numbers, it still ended up getting a good rating. Instead of me putting my opinion out there, let’s just focus on the stats and leave it at that.
What you’ll hate:
-It’s a little fruity, rainbow bridges and sort of goofy characters makes it hard to feel like you’re watching formidable champions and more like you’re watching some sort of Olympic figure skating show complete with the sparkly outfits. Not that anyone figure skates in this movie, but you know what I mean.
-A surprising lack of action
-The opening action scene is better than the finale so the movie doesn’t end strong
-You could have left a lot of the story out and either made the movie shorter, or added more important stuff without losing anything in the process
-The Frost Giants are also fruity and so are most of the names of things in Asgard
-The movie is long
What You’ll Love:
-It has some sort of realism to it, they use some scientific concepts and they tone down the “rainbow” aspect of the rainbow bridge, they try their best to make it as tough as possible, even though so much of it is very pansy.
-The opening action scene was actually pretty awesome
-Natalie Portman is pretty hot as a nerd, I gotta say I was liking it
-It’s a funny movie, and I think this was a very smart approach to making the movie, they knew going in just how lame the whole concept of Thor is, so instead of trying to make it serious like X Men, they let the actors play with their characters and take itself less seriously, which actually makes the overall film easier to digest
-They introduce Hawkeye, and I love who they picked to play him and I’m seriously looking forward to seeing a Hawkeye movie if they’ll go there. He was actually probably the most badass character in the movie and he’s not even in it long
-Girls are going nuts over the guy that plays Thor
-The girl who played the hooker in “Defendor” starring Woody Harrelson (I recommend it) is in the movie and she’s very funny and plays her part well
-A lot of people liked the special effects, I thought a lot of it was very cartoony and lame, but for the most part people WILL enjoy them
I didn’t hate this movie, but I didn’t love it. I just think it was okay. However, I gotta say, it’s a better approach to a true Super Hero than Superman is. Thor is very cocky and funny and simply more fun to watch whereas Superman is kind of a tool when you think about it. If you like Lord Of the Rings, GI Joe, the original HeMan movie and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I’d say you’ll really enjoy this movie.
Trust me when I say it, regular movie theater 3D is NOT worth the extra cost at all, barely anything jumps out at the screen. Due to the fact that it’s the directing that limits just how much flies out into the camera, I doubt IMAX 3D is going to be any better. So as far as 3D is concerned don’t even bother. If you’re really not feeling all the downsides I listed for the movie, but you can’t help but be curious, check it out on regular 2D at matinee pricing. Had I paid like 6 bucks to see this movie I would be happy, but something like 14 and it was weak and nothing really popped out at you I was pretty disappointed. People who enjoyed the movie much more than I did were quick to agree that the 3D sucked. So if you take anything from this review, it’s that the extra money’s just not worth it.
Anyway, I don’t want to get too crazy on this movie, but definitely a tough review, I hope I gave a clear enough picture that you can figure out what you want to do as far as checking this movie out. I’m really interested to see what people think about this one. Please don’t hesitate to comment and we’ll get a dialogue going.
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