So, I went to see Thor last night and rather enjoyed it. They did a lot of things right.
•Kirbyness - The look of the film was true to the comic of both past
and present. They went with the costume from the latest wave of
comics drawn by Coipel. But overall, it looked very Jack Kirby,
•Loki - Great job with Loki. It would've been easy to make him as
Danny put it, "mustache twirlingly evil" but instead you almost feel
sorry for him.
•Hawkeye - I was quite pleased with the Hawkeye cameo. He didn't
really do anything, but I do fucking love Hawkeye.
•Heimdall - Despite what white supremacists say, I thought Idris Elba
made a pretty badass Heimdall, and he actually got to do
something too. In stark contrast to the Heimdall of the comics, who
usually just stood around at the bridge, had some threat to Asgard
kick his ass, and waited it out for Thor to get there. Definitely the
best showing of an alumni of The Wire in a comic book movie.
That's right, Dominic West, I'm calling you out.
•Avengers - They did a decent job of setting up for The Avengers
without beating you over the head with it like Iron Man 2 did.
Though overall I thought it was a pretty damn good movie, I did have a couple of issues with the film.
•Details - They changed some of the details of the origin story, but with most of my experience laying in the awesome Walt
Simonson and the unfortunate Thunderstrike eras of Thor, this didn't really bother me too much.
•Action - I was pretty pleased with most of the action, especially since I didn't really know what to expect from Branagh
going in, but the keyword is most. Too often in the early action scenes where Thor and his companions are fighting the
frost giants, you really can't clearly tell what the hell is happening. That shaky, handcam kind of action scene worked
thematically in Nolan's Batman movies, but everybody else needs to give that shit a rest. Thanks for killing action for a
few years, Paul Greengrass.
If they do a Thor 2, I want Beta Ray Bill. I just want to get that on public record right now. Maybe they could get Sarah Jessica Parker to do all of the facial motion capture.