ThorPosted: April 27, 2011
Firstly, the special effects are fairly attractive. The city of Asgard is both beautiful and large. The city earns the whole ‘mixture of magic and science’ philosophy that the film suggests. Visual wise, Asgard is awesome, in many ways.
One of the complaints that I had with the film is actually about the 3D element. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the fighting sequences between the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and the Asgardians, it seemed to blur slightly, meaning you had the Transformers effect – not really knowing what’s going on beyond ‘They’re fighting’, due to the colouration and lack of distinction between characters (although in this case, it was the combination of 3D and colouration).
There is quite a lot of humour in the film, although none of it really breaks that story. In fact, it actually supports the characters, giving humour only when the character would naturally encounter/provoke it. Without going into spoilers, I don’t want to give examples, but lets just say that it doesn’t break verisimilitude. What’s verisimilitude you ask?
Verisimilitude is the ability to believe in the filmic world. Without it, we would just see things as unconnected from us. It allows us to care about the story we’re being told and provides emotional investment for which we hope will pay off. Breaking verisimilitude can happen in two ways. Either breaking the fourth wall – illustrating that the characters are knowingly inside a film, thus making everything that happens superfluous (arguably – breaking the fourth wall is often used in creating humour from which an audience may enjoy the knowing antics of the breakee) or by having some type of plot hole that was very apparent making the film broken by its own logistics. In this way, we separate ourselves from the story and thus the emotional investment in it.
But I re-iterate, Thor does not break verisimilitude with its humour.
The origins story (which is always told, often in different ways – as title credits in The Hulk for example) could have been a film in of itself. I did feel that although most of the details were needed for the main story arc, I felt it was either too long or way too short. But that could be just me.
As for keeping to the main plot of the comic basis – I don’t know. I never read the original comics for Thor. While I do enjoy the ever-so-slightly more casual dabblings with both the Marvel and DC universes (DC’s favourite though), Thor was never really something I encountered (apart from Civil War – which I won’t go into because I wouldn’t want to spoil that one). Needless to say, much like any other adaptation, there’s going to be people complaining that they’ve got things wrong. I mean, if people can complain because the original comic origins of Iron Man were set in Vietnam war (and later in the Gulf war) and the film is set in the Afghanistan war, you’re obviously going to get people complaining about SOMETHING.
If you’re not one of those people, go out, see Thor. You’ll like it. And it’ll get you hyped for the Avenger’s movie, although before that we’ve got Xmen First Class and Captain America. Then on the DC side, we’ve got the Green Lantern film coming. It’s turning out to be a super-hero summer.
Oh, and Joss Whedon is directing The Avenger’s movie. Squeee—!!