Monday, May 9, 2011

Tips, Links, and Thor Review!

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THOR Review!

This movie is all about fun! It’s neither dour nor heavy, and the comedic elements kept it light. (Coffee cup smashing scene was a favorite of mine.) Taking Thor out of Asgard and placing him on Earth as a “God out of water” was a great premise.

Chris Hemsworth was born to play Thor. He’s perfect for the role, and this movie is a solid setup for a possible franchise – not to mention the upcoming Avengers flick.

There are minor issues, like the relationship between Thor and his brother, Loki. The relationship with Natalie Portman’s Jane seemed a bit rushed as well.

But you don’t go to see a movie like Thor for serious character development – you go for the amazing action scenes, the great special effects, and the fun! It’s in both 2D and 3D, but since the 3D was added after shooting, I opted for the 2D and don’t feel I missed anything. I’m also a sucker for Norse mythology, so I really enjoyed that aspect. And you have to watch for the Hawkeye cameo! They are really prepping for the Avengers movie…

Not perfect, but a hell of a lot of fun!

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And Tiger on my Bookshelf gave me this award! Thanks, Tiger!

I am passing it on to Dafeenah, a wonderful and delightful blogger buddy.

Hope all the moms out there had a special day on Sunday!

90 comments:

Liz P said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Thor. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

salarsenッ said...

Thanks for the Thor review. We almost went to see it yesterday!!

Lauracea (Sue R) said...

Now I know what to see next at the cinema - Thor! I always loved him right from reading the Norse myths as a child. And thanks for your fabulous article on my blog - it really is useful and interesting.
Sue

Ciara said...

I wanted to see Thor. Thanks for the review. I'm considering seeing it in the theater now. :)

GigglesandGuns said...

Caught several reviews about Thor -- Usually the"I liked it BUT..." kind which means I'll probab;y really enjoy it.

Lynda R Young said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Thor. There's something very manly about a dude carrying around a huge hammer...

Teresa aka JW said...

Thor does sound great. Can't wait to see it. You made me laugh when you said you don't go to see a movie like Thor for character development. So True.

Old Kitty said...

Avengers flick!??!!? You're not talking Steed and Mrs Peel are you?!?! LOL!! Oh I feel old!!

I can't wait to see Thor!! Yum and yay!!!

Congrats with your award too and thanks for the fb links!! Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

p.s. i meant FAB links!!! :-) x

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'll see Thor for the eye candy!

iZombie said...

i too saw "thor", found it to be a worthy and entertaining movie... very light-heart'd with a a hammer.
did you stay for the spoiler at the end... way at the end? the ladies swooned over mr. buff.

Nebular said...

Yep, it never took itself too seriously, nor it was cheesy. Very well balanced! Loved the visuals, Natalie and Thor himself, but it just wasn't as spectacular and exciting as I expected it to be. Nice review, dude :)

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the Thor review and congrats on the award!

N. R. Williams said...

Congratulations on the award. You had a lot of things to cover in this blog post. Thor sounds like fun.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

we enjoyed Thor as well. It was just fun. Also the Hawkeye cameo was awesome!

Matthew MacNish said...

I wanted to catch it, but will probably have to wait for DVD.

Jules said...

Looking forward to Thor and happy to hear you think it light. Congrats on the award. A new "Avengers" movie?! :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sue, thanks for hosting me! And I've always dug Norse and viking tales.

Lynda, my wife thought so, too.

Different Avengers, although I've seen that one as well, Kitty.

Jeremy, I guess we missed that.

Nebular, I probably liked it more than you did, but it was pretty much what I expected. And I dig Norse stuff.

Sarah, glad you caught that!

Jules, the only Avenger that hasn't received movie treatment yet is Hawkeye, but they've certainly prepped us for it.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, you are such a good blogging buddy. It amazes me how you find fun creative ways to recognize other bloggers. And Thor sounds like a really fun flick.
Karen

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for the review. I love Norse mythology too and will see the show today or tomorrow. And I met Defeenah during the A to Z Challenge. She's is certainly a delightful blogger.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for the review and congrats on the receiving of and the quick turnaround on the rabbit!

Abby Minard said...

Looks like fun Alex- I want to see it on the big screen too. Not a fan of 3D, so I'm glad they have it in 2D :)

Will Burke said...

I'm not too eager to see Thor, but I wasn't eager to see Iron Man either, and boy, was I wrong about that! It freakin' ROCKED!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thor sounds like a fun summer movie (and it's definitely starting to feel like summer here!)

Arlee Bird said...

So far none of the Thor reviews I've heard praised it for acting or story line, but they all said it was pure silly fun. I don't know whether I'll see when it comes to DVD or not, but then again I don't go to amusement parks anymore either.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Nicki Elson said...

Oh goody, I'm glad to hear the movie was fun. I was looking for an excuse to ogle Hemsworth on the big screen.

I posted the final answers to the 80s Trivia today and you just might want to stop over...

Paul Joseph said...

I saw THOR on Friday night, and I have to say, I was rather into it. It's not a genre or movie I would choose to see on my own, but I wasn't mad at my friends who chose it, either. I liked that, despite being fantasy, it incorporated reality as well through the scenes in New Mexico. And it was modern, as the mortals had phones, iPods, and referenced facebook.

Aleta said...

My brother went to this movie and came back saying it was "sucky." I haven't seen it yet, so I was happy to read your review and get more feedback on the movie.

Kelly said...

My 6yo son wants to see Thor. I think it's PG13 right? So probably too violent for a 6 year old?.
Luckily, he commented, "That's okay, I'll see it when I'm a sixth grader..."

Saumya said...

Ahh congrats on the awards! I really really really need to see Thor. My weekend was filled with Something Borrowed, haha. Love your review of Thor and you brought up a great point: we don't see it for the character development but more for the thrill and action.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Karen!

Stephen, Dafeenah is wonderful.

Betty, I try not to let them die...

Will, then go man, go!

Lee, you need to get out more.

Nicki, I will!

Aleta, I've seen far worse superhero movies. Spiderman III comes to mind...

kelly, it might be a little intense for him.

Saumya, that's right!

Ellie said...

Loved the interview, and thank you for the awesome links!

Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks a bunch for the review. It sounds like great fun. I've read such negative things about the film from people who expected profundity from director Kenneth Branagh. But sometimes even Shakespearean actors just wanna have fun.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congratulations on the award well deserved.

Have a good day.
Yvonne,

Hannah Kincade said...

Thanks for the review. I've heard Thor is great fun from others as well.

ali said...

Yes! I'm good with fun! Thanks for the review, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for visiting Lauracea's blog, Ellie!

Anne, exactly! And you can still see his style of directing in the film.

The Happy Whisk said...

Alex: The organic brown sugar really kicks it up a notch. Great the next day, too. And yummy in caramel mocha ice cream shakes.

Num num num.

M Pax said...

Sounds much better than the Thor aired on Syfy on Saturday. That was baaad. Husband and I rooted for Thor losing. That's how bad. lol

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool! Thor sounds like so much fun and yeah, who needs character development when we have lots of action!

Holly Ruggiero said...

I'm so happy to hear Thor passed your review!

Grammy said...

Hi, Alex...I;ll have to catch Thor when it comes out on Netflix. :)
Thank you for your hard work in the challenge and for your constant support of an old lady named Ruby. :)
Love,
Ruby

Laura said...

Looking forward to seeing Thor now - thanks for the review!
Off to visit your post and recomendations now
Lx

Summer Ross said...

I went and saw Thor as a mother's day treat yesterday and i have to agree with you on most aspects- though I found Jane hitting him with the car very humorous, the coffee cup part was still good. Did you watch after the credits? If you didn't you should have- a interesting little scene with Loki.

Sheila Siler said...

My hubby took me to see Thor yesterday for Mother's Day. I loved it. I don't think it deserved a PG-13 rating at all. PG would have been fine. It was worth the money (we went to a daytime showing) to see it on the big screen. I LOVED that there was so extremely clean. I agree the storyline wasn't huge, and it felt very much that it was a "set-up" movie - preparing me for future stories. I would recommend that any age could watch it. LOVED IT!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you...Alex you're awesome. And did I say thank you?

Colene Murphy said...

Definitely going to catch that in theaters, I think. It did so well this weekend, I was mostly in it for sexy guy, but this review made me even more excited! (my movie standards are...low. Hot guy doing sexy things, I'm in)

Jai Joshi said...

I was interested to see what your thoughts on Thor would be. I haven't seen it yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Jai

Leovi said...

Thank you very much for these interesting links. I love Norse mythology but still believe that it has been fully carried out.

Ricky said...

Yep, Thor was great fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Whisk - now I'm craving sweets!

M Pax, I caught one minute of that and turned away as fast as possible. Wow, that was bad!!!

Summer, my wife thought Jane hitting him with the car was funny. And no, we didn't see the very end!

Sheila, glad you enjoyed it!

Patricia, you are welcome.

Colene, you'll enjoy it then!

Chris Phillips said...

hopefully going tonight.

Chris Phillips said...

hopefully going tonight.

Raquel Byrnes said...

I can't wait to go and see it. I love the idea of the adventure occurring on earth too. Great review.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

li said...

Thor sounds like fun - the equivalent of a bag of Cheetos for me - no nutritional value but a heck of a lot of fun to consume!

LTM said...

LOL! Thor. And I think EW gave it like an A--! So I might actually go see this one... :D Thanks, Alex~

Susan Fields said...

I'm glad you liked Thor! I don't get out to movies very often, but that would be a fun one to see. And congrats on your award!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My oldest son saw Thor and loved it. All the things you said were good about it are the things he loves in a movie. Congrats on collecting another award.

Milo James Fowler said...

As far as heroes go, Thor was never on my list -- but I might give it a rent when it goes to DVD.

WritingNut said...

I've heard such good things about Thor.. I can't wait to see it.. thanks for the--as always--awesome review :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I've been enjoying the Thor ads - they look like fun! Glad to hear the movie wasn't a disappointment!

lbdiamond said...

I've been thinking about seeing this flick...then again, by the time I actually decide to go to the theater, the movie is long gone, LOL!

Rusty Webb said...

Thor was great, I enjoyed than any other movies I've seen in the past few months. I bought 2D ticket for the same reason you did - but the projector broke and I got a free upgrade to 3D. I told them I didn't want 3D and I just got this ridiculous look, like the guy didn't understand the words.

After I saw last years Clash of the Titans in 3D I swore I'd never watch a converted movie again. But I relented when I had no other options. I thought they did an infinitely better job on this one. I'd almost recommend it in 3D now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Raquel, it's equal parts of both.

Li - you got it!

Milo, I'm a DC guy, so Thor was never a favorite, but it was a cool movie.

LB, you need to get out... faster!

Rusty, I was hesitant to plunk down and extra four bucks for 3D that might not be great - and on a film I wasn't dying to see in 3D. But then again, I did see Rio in 3D. But that was my wife's decision!

Copyboy said...

So psyched Thor got great reviews. Makes the Avenger's movie seem that much better.

Ann said...

I am really looing forward to seeing this film. Love the mythology too.

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

I've never actually got around to watching Thor, but I just might.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You are an inspiration. I enjoyed your post at Lauracea's.
xoRobyn

Dafeenah said...

I am going to have to start making a list of all of these movies I need to catch up on. I had no idea how many great ones I was missing. Thanks for the award!!

Enid Wilson said...

Love sci-fi movies. Thanks for the heads up.

Chemical Fusion

The Words Crafter said...

I'm hoping I can talk the hubby into going to see Thor. He is looking forward to the Avengers movie, so that might help :)

Caledonia Lass said...

I had an awesome day. Thanks Alex. :D I'm waiting for Thor to hit my small town, but it will be awhile. In the meantime I have to avoid spoilers. Have a fantastic week!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Copyboy, can't wait!

Thank you, Robyn!

Dafeenah, you are welcome.

Words, he has to see Thor then!

Monti said...

Thor sounds like a fun movie. Like the photo. Thanks for all your reviews, Alex!

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Michelle Gregory said...

i've been looking forward to seeing this. thanks for the review.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Thor is amazing. You could hear women gasp when Chris came out with his shirt off. ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I agree. Thor was dang fun to watch.

Eric said...

Yeah, Thor was phenomenal. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I didn't even notice the little bits you mention about character development. Guess I was just enjoying the ride too much. I also didn't notice the Hawkeye cameo, though now that you say it, I remember who you are talking about. That is totally cool.

RaShelle said...

Hi Alex - I went and saw Thor on the big IMAX screen in 3D (my first time ever seeing anything on that type of screen - the expense is crazy-talk) and I have to say - IT WAS AWESOME!!! Loved it. I agree with the rushing of the characters development, but I had a blast.

Damyanti said...

Thor was fun!

And congrats on yet another blogging award!

Ella said...

Thanks Alex for the review; it is just as I imagined. Great visual fun!

Congrats on your award; I got an IPAD!
It is a combo gift and I love it!

Karen Peterson said...

I felt like they rushed Thor's trip to Earth too much. I mean, he was there for, like, two days? Um, I don't think so.

The coffee cup scene was definitely hilarious, though, and I did find the movie lots of fun overall.

Melissa Bradley said...

I saw Thor and am working on my own review. I loved it! And you are so right, Hemsworth was definitely born to play the god of Thunder.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maurice, one of those gasps came from my wife.

Eric, as soon as I saw him, I knew it was Hawkeye!

RaShelle, envious you saw it at the IMAX!

Ella, that's cool!!

Melissa, yes he was!

Car Title Loans said...

I've been hesitant to see Thor with the recent overload of Natalie Portman and re-makes of comic books over the past couple of years. Though- who doesn't love a good action movie? All the reviews I've seen have given it the same type that you have; I think I'm going to have to check it out now.
Ava

TerryLynnJohnson said...

okay, this is the first review I've seen of Thor and I'm surprised! I sort of expected it to suck a little. Sounds like one to go see! Drat - too many movies lately!

alexia said...

Cool! I love all the comic book movies. I'm gonna go see it.

Tina said...

As a Scandinavian woman, I'm a sucker for Norse mythology and plan to see this. Have you seen Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (might have butchered that title)? Highly entertaining, and the depiction of hell was quite chilling. Besides, what's not to love about Uma Thurman as Medusa and Pierce Brosnan as a Centaur? Great, cheesy stuff.

Tina @ Life is Good

andymac89 said...

I think the theory of the 9 kingdoms in tree format was inspired. To be honest though they could have made the battles scenes longer because they all seemed a bit short and snappy. Still a great film and I'll definitely get dvd/bluray

RV Backup Camera said...

So I didn't finish Thor...I watched Xmen: First Class just before it and LOVED it and then when I put Thor on I just wasn't as drawn in. I didn't think it was bad, just didn't have the same pacing or character development. I fell asleep and took it back to Blockbuster the next day without finishing it, but I think I would like to give it another chance. I am so excited for Avengers!