It’s that time of the year when the summer blockbusters start to appear on Blu-ray and this year we start off with Thor from Marvel Studios. This fast paced action packed movie about the gods, giants and a war on Earth and in Asgard. Let’s start off with the official studio synopsis be warned if you haven’t seen Thor yet this review is spoiler filled so please stop reading if you don’t want the movie spoiled for you.
Synopsis: The epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard.
At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Director Kenneth Branagh leads a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman in the Thor’s big-budget, silver screen debut, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download September 13, 2011!
Review of Thor
Thor is finally on Blu-ray today after a triumphant march into theaters earlier this summer. While firmly planted in the Marvel movie universe Thor is an enjoyable movie all on its own. The stand out cast of Hemsworth, Anthony, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddlestoncreate a rich and rewarding tale of an arrogant yet likable character in Thor.
While Thor is an origin movie of sorts it doesn’t take the standard route of most origin stories. It follows much more of a path laid out by the first Iron Man movie. In Iron Man our introduction to Tony Stark an adult who seems to be satisfied with his life and all the while living a life very recklessly. Here we get to see a very proud warrior who feels he is ready for to assume the responsibilities of leading and protecting the realm of Asgard. His father Odin while knowing that he must one day turn over these responsibilities to his son has some misgivings about Thor’s readiness to assume those responsibilities.
It is apparent from the start that Thor needs to mature before his ascensions to the throne of Asgard. This made evident in the wake of an attack by the Frost Giants. Thor seeks to respond and put down this obvious affront while his father seeks a more diplomatic solution to the issue. This is all being observed by Thor’s half brother Loki, who many know as the god of mischief a trickster and master manipulator. Loki certainly lives up to his reputation as he manipulates Thor into leading the Warriors Three and Sif into a battle on the Frost Giants world. A battle with the Frost Giants which could have ended very differently if not for the intervention of the All Father. For this act Thor is banished to the realm of Earth and stripped of his power. His father still having faith in his son gives him a shot at redemption by sending the Might Mjolnir to Earth as well, hoping his son will learn his lesson and truly become worthy of the power he once possessed.
Once on Earth we meet Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, a scientist who is convinced that there are other dimensions, worlds and realms out there and that the stories of the Norse Gods is one of super science and not of magic and myth. Jane Foster and her team, Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis encounter Thor in the New Mexico desert while investigating a mysterious energy in the area during a storm that seems to come out of nowhere. This meeting introduces a gag of Thor being run into by Jane while driving that is played out again later on in the movie. Initially they think him to be possibly crazy there is evidence that the mysterious storm and weird energy readings are somehow connected to him. Jane and Thor eventually develop a connection as he learns what it means to see beyond his pride and learn the lesson of humility. All of this happens as Thor encounters his future Avengers teammate Hawkeye during a failed attempt to retrieve the hammer. We also get an introduction to Donald Blake which as many may know was Thor’s secret identity for many years. It is a true treat to see how they’ve worked this bit of comics’ history into the movie along with an appearance by Agent Coulson.
While Thor is busy on Earth Odin falls into the Odin sleep and Loki assumes the throne. It is then that the Warriors Three, Fandral, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg along with Sif head to Earth to retrieve Thor. The Destroyer is sent by Loki to finish off Thor even as the Ice Giants invade mighty Asgard. This of course is all part of Loki’s plan to eliminate all of his enemies the Ice Giants and Thor, what he doesn’t count on is Thor’s change of heart and his willingness to sacrifice himself to save others. This is the time Thor proves himself worthy of his hammer and in a mighty flash the Mighty Thor returns defeats the Destroyer and is off to face his treacherous brother.
The final showdown between the two brothers is indeed epic and one which victory is achieved but in a sense all sides loose something in the process as Loki looses the only family he’s ever known, Odin looses a son and Thor looses a brother and access to his new found love Jane Foster. As has become habit with these Marvel movies there is a post credit scene which ties into the upcoming Avengers movie as well as Captain America: The First Avenger.
Final Thoughts on Thor
Thor is a good movie as it had the task of introducing a lesser known Marvel character to the larger world and to serve as a link in the chain of movies that are leading up the Avengers in 2012. On both fronts it did a great job, introducing Thor as a character you actually could care about, along with the fact that he does change and grow over the course of the movie. A truly fun experience for those familiar with the character and for those not so familiar with Marvel’s Thor. If you did not see Thor when it was in the theaters do yourself a favor and pick this one up on Blu-ray, DVD or via digital download you won’t be disappointed.
Preview of Agent Coulson short included on the Thor Blu-ray and DVD.
Thor gets 4 out of 5 Mjolnirs