Friday, December 9, 2011
Well, I have seen the Thor film a few times now and for me it is a mixed bag. The casting was great and I really enjoyed the performances, particularly by Tom Hiddleston as Loki. OK, maybe they should have gotten a fatter actor for Volstagg! Asgard looked great and the battle with the Ice Giants was suitably epic. My problems with the movie are that Thor spends way too much time depowered and out of costume... and even when he wears the costume it is without the helmet save for five seconds at the beginning. And the helmet looks great, there's no reason not to have it on in battle (a trend that looks to be continued in the Avengers). The battle with the Destroyer and final battle with Loki both seemed a bit abrupt as well. Still, Thor is one of the tougher characters to pull of on film and Kenneth Branagh did an admirable job. He is not returning for the sequel and the replacement director has already left the project so the next installment is currently up in the air. Hey, Marvel - give Peter Jackson a call!