Thor (2011)

As much as I claim to be a geek, I think I have a serious gap in my super hero knowledge. While I read (and have read) my share of graphic novels, there are several heroes whose stories I have yet to discover. Luckily, Hollywood has my back. With the recent surge in super hero films, I am able to catch up on what I am sure are accurate representations of these graphic novels. Huzzah!


Up until the point where Kenneth Branagh decided to make it into a film, I had never really heard much about Thor (other than what I saw in Adventures in Babysitting). When Thor was released in theaters, I heard several people say how good they thought it was. Being the untrusting sort, I decided that when I took a chance with Thor, I was making the plunge with Rifftrax. I think that was probably one of the wiser decisions I have made recently.


Thor stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character who is forced from the realm of the gods by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). While on Earth, Thor is on the lookout for his powerful hammer in hopes of regaining his power. Of course, Thor finds a human love interest (Natalie Portman) and a few obstacles along the way.


Now I realize that watching a film with snarky commentary will likely change the way I perceive the movie. However, there are some films that are just asking for smart-ass remarks (OK, most are deserving of at least one or two). With that in mind, I was probably slightly more harsh on Thor than I would have been sans Riffs. By my estimation, I would guess I was 20% more inclined to find fault with it. The rest of the fault I place firmly in the hands of the writers and director.


I found quite a bit to make fun of in Thor. First, the directing is just off. Many of the camera shots were plain weird. Apparently Branagh is a fan of the tilted camera, which for some films/shots works well, but in Thor, it just seems out of place and bizarre.


Also, much of the acting was way over-the-top and almost seemed to be a joke. I could not believe that the cast consisted of such “high-calibur” talent. As one of my friends would say, most of them were acting with a capital “A.” I will concede, however, that Chris Hemsworth was actually a good choice for the role of Thor—playing the part with a cockiness and smugness that seemed befitting to the character.


Even some of the effects were not great. While much of the visual effects were believable, where they were bad, they really stuck out. I found it to be distracting and laughable.


Finally, much of Thor’s plot did not make sense. Since I have not read any of the graphic novels, I don’t know where to assign the blame—to the comic or the screenwriters.


On the other hand, the Rifftrax for Thor are great. With an already flawed film, it was a pleasure to have witty comments and silly jokes to hold my attention. Without the Riffs, Thor would have been a difficult watch for me; however, with the additional commentary, it was quite fun.


Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!


Score: D

Rifftrax Score: B+

Netflix Queue: 491

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