Review: Thor

Thor! The Mighty Avenger!

Thor has a special place in my heart when it comes to the MCU. It was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film I actually went to the theater to see. I have to admit, I was a bit slow starting out with the MCU and didn’t see the first three films, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, in theaters. I caught on to those three films shortly after Iron Man 2 had come out for home release, therefore getting me excited to see Thor, which ultimately led me to be the fan I am today.

Thor to me is one of the best films in the MCU because it was the first time we truly break free from Iron Man and Tony Stark. It also is the first film to leave earth and show us the beginnings of the cosmic parts of the Marvel universe. I think many people like to give this credit to the Guardians of the Galaxy, but for me, Thor is our first glimpse of the world beyond Earth.

My absolute favorite thing about this film is the cinematography. Specifically the director, Kenneth Branagh’s visual style and camera work. He has all these strange camera shots, where he turns the camera on a forty five degree angle and follows the subject, or as he pans up the camera slowly turns on an angle. Visually it makes this film one of the most unique in the franchise and I would love to see more directors start using these quirky techniques.

This film is one hundred percent about Thor’s journey from arrogant prince to wise king. In the beginning of this film, we see Thor as an unchallenged, undefeated, mighty warrior about to be appointed king of Asgard by his father Odin. Before this can happen everything changes when Thor is prompted by his need to prove himself and attacks a long defeated enemy, the Frost Giants. This breaks the truce between the Frost Giants and Asgard, and Thor is banished to Earth by his father Odin, for his stupidity.

How this story begins is one of the reasons I have this film as one of the best in the MCU. While most origin stories are about someone starting as nothing and then becoming something, Thor flips this common theme on its head, as he was the strongest, bravest, and best warrior with everything at his disposal, only to then have it all taken away, to become essentially human. This struggle is what allows him to finally see past himself and become something more than just a powerful warrior.

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Avengers Assemble!

Brenden Pugh

Thor – Kenneth Branagh