It was last Saturday when I went to the local Cineplex to view the latest and greatest comic movie, Thor. Thor's character, played by Chris Hemsworth is the very arrogant God of Thunder. The plot of the movie is quite simple, Thor is cast away to live with the mortals on Earth as his father, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) felt that he no longer deserved his excessive power. Now that I think of it, the movie was a total rip off of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Hercules in New York" (1969) where Zeus cast Arnold to Earth where he had to learn the lessons of mortality the hard way. Hercules in New York was a total piece of crap, except that Arnold made Chris Hemsworth look like a small child. Don't get me wrong, Chris is a buff dude but only by today's standards. If you think about how big Arnold was compared to all of the other "muscle men" of the time, Chris has a lot of work to do. Hmmm, getting a little off track here.
Something else that surprised me was the female talent. Both Natalie Portman (The Professional, V for Vendetta and Star Wars) and Kat Dennings (The 40 Year Old Virgin) played memorable roles in the movie. It was a relief to see two talented, yet attractive actresses in the movie. The only major downside to this was that they were both heavily overdressed. So overdressed that it made Thor look very under dressed at times. I don't want to dig myself to deep here but I'll restate that it wouldn't have hurt the movie to have Natalie or Kat show more skin. Tell me I'm wrong!
On the bright side, The CGI effects of Thor were top notch. I was very entertained to see Thor call on a storm and spiral up into the air. I wouldn't go as far to say that I felt like I was in a man made natural disaster, but I can't recall thinking that the movie looked obviously computer generated at any point. I was also happy with the story as even though it was predictable, it left a lot of roots for a sequel. Actually, the movie as a whole was pretty much a setup for a second, or even third movie. I'm sure with all the upcoming comic movies we are bound to get a lot of prequel material.
In one word, Thor was: Tantalizing.