December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

May 11, 2011

Thor - 3D (2011)

When it’s over, do sit through the credits to view a short scene that will whet you appetite for what's to come in the Marvel universe - just something to think about... 

For his arrogant ways, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished from his home realm of Asgard by his father, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), to live as a human.  On earth, he falls in love with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and learns humility and compassion, which earns him the Mjölnir, the hammer which is considered to be the most powerful weapon in the universe.  Thor uses Mjölnir to save Earth and to return home to Asgard where he must stop his evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), from destroying a species known as the Frost Giants.  Director Kenneth Branagh did a terrific job at bringing Norse Mythology to life while mixing in some modern day humour and charm.  His vision of the mythological realm of Asgard was a true treat.  It reminded me of Mount Olympus with less columns and lots of golden architecture surrounded by greenery.  He manages to fit into two hours all the necessary information the viewer needs to understand the characters and the various storylines leading up to the very much anticipated The Avengers movie slated to be released in 2012.  Aussie newbie, Hemsworth, did a fine job portraying the fallen God who eventually redeems himself, and Portman didn’t disappoint as the woman he falls in love with.  The love story between Thor and Jane felt somewhat rushed, but sweet nonetheless.  I suppose it’s forgivable since this film really is action driven versus character driven.  Portman and Hemsworth have good chemistry together and they seem to fit very well onscreen, and I’m sure much of that is due to Branagh’s meticulous handling of the two actors.  Having seen Thor in both versions, I’d have to say that watching it in 3D enhanced some of the scenes (like the cinematic feel of Asgard and the grandness of the fight sequences), but not crucial enough to make the 3D version a must-see format. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


  1. All in all I enjoyed this movie, an entertaining couple of hours.... visualizing Anthony Hopkins with long hair and an eye-patch still makes me chuckle!!!

  2. So I watched Thor... my take on it.. nice graphics, poor storyline. It really is an action driven film. I just wish the writers didn't skimp on the characterization. Thor realizing his arrogance, changed overnight.. not even overnight.. more like just a few hours. I'm not convinced at all. Chris Hemsworth sure looks ripped though. I wonder if it would have been better had Alexander Skarsgaard got the part. I heard he auditioned for that. Too bad he wasn't able to work with his father Stellan Skarsgaard on the set.

  3. Hmmm...I didn't know that Alexander Skarsgaard auditioned for the role. He'd make a good Thor. Perhaps, he asked for too much $$$$.