In case you missed all of the commercials that have been running in the last few weeks, the summer superhero flicks have started with the opening of Thor.
This meant the husband and I found ourselves in line for the IMAX 3D version on Saturday afternoon, which was greatness, even with a $15 ticket price — yikes! The theater was shockingly empty for what I thought would be a prime movie time, but it may have been helped by a show basically running every hour. And let’s just get this out of the way now: stay through the credits, seriously. If you haven’t learned your lesson with other Marvel flicks, I gave you fair warning right here and now!
In addition to the fairly empty theater, I was also surprised at the folks starring in the movie. I knew about Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, but I was pleasantly surprised to also find out Idris Elba (who I talked about in more depth here), Anthony Hopkins, and Stellan Skarsgard were also in the cast.
The skinny is that Thor is the entitled heir to the Asgard (geek alert since I immediately thought of Stargate) throne, and he doesn’t really care that he has a brother, Loki (if you know your mythology you’ll see the problem right away), and his Dad isn’t having any more of his shenanigans so he’s banished to Earth. He lands in the arms of Natalie Portman, definitely not the worst alien landing ever. Agent Coulson, Iron Man, and his team take over creating even more mayhem. But it’s the good, relatively predictable mayhem that you want in an action hero movie. He’s got the superhero backup band, puppy dog eyes with appropriate female lead, and a few villains to choose from just to keep folks on their toes. Overall, I give it a 3.75 out of 5 (keep in mind that I’m a tough rater, though).