Thor Franchise Retrospective Review | 2011-2013
Prior to watching Thor: Ragnarok, I thought I'd rewatch and review the prior films in the prior Phase I and Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Both films star Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.
This film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and in this film, Thor is banished to Earth after he breaks a truce and restarts a war between his people and the Frost Giants. At the end of the day, this film is a fish out of water story intertwined with family drama. Prior to this film, Hemsworth was really a nobody. He had a very small part in Star Trek as Kirk's doomed dad but that's really it. Here, he soars as the God of Thunder. The fish out of water story works immensely because most people had not seen him in this film. Hemsworth is able to show himself as a well-versed action star that has some good comedic moments. He is supported by a very good cast all of which are great in their respective roles, mostly Hiddleston, Hopkins, and Elba. While Portman is decent, the character seems out of place in the romance that is forced upon you. Her character is decent when she's by herself. She is an established scientist but when she is made to be the romantic interest of Thor, things become iffy. In addition, there seemed to be no real antagonist in this film. Yes, there's Loki and his Asgardian giant that is as out of place as the romance between Jane and Thor but there was no real tension. The ending is also really awkward, a feeling that travels through all of the Thor films. While this film does a really good job at establishing the Thor character, once he is established he does not have a lot to do. The film is enjoyable to a point but aside from a reminder of the Thor arc through the MCU, this film is not the standout of the Universe.
Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties
Thor: The Dark World (2013):
This film was directed by Alan Taylor and post-Avengers, Thor teams up with Loki to save the Nine Realms from Malekith, who wants to put the universe in darkness. After the events of Thor and working with the Avengers, Thor has become more humble and his character is pretty established and still portrayed well by Hemsworth. A successful sequel is supposed to take the prior film and expand on it. This film does this by showing the viewers more of Asgard and Thor's relationships with his family members. The family drama is expanded on and goes to show the other family members' relationships with each other. The action and comedy are also great and much better than the prior film but where this movie shines is Thor's relationship with Loki. The chemistry between Hiddleston and Hemsworth is fantastic and while adopted brothers, their relationship feels real, which again is more than can be said about Thor's relationship with Jane. This perhaps is the most annoying part of the film and again it has nothing to do with Portman, more with the character herself and then there's an added love triangle that does not really go anywhere. As with the prior film, this film does suffer from a weak villain. He is given a backstory but mostly he is fairly generic. This film seems to only establish another of the Infinity stones and that's all. However, the ending while still awkward, the climax does feel more real than the prior. In this writer's opinion, this film is better than its predecessor however that does not make it any more memorable.
Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties
Thor: Ragnarok (2017):
Going into this, I am expecting the film to be better or equal to the first two films in the series. They are once again bringing a good cast plus the "Planet Hulk" story. If you don't know that plot, I'd suggest watching the animated film or reading the comic. The average rating for the prior films 3.0 which is "good but not really re-watchable." This film, I expect, will bring this score up. Click here for the review onThor: Ragnarok.
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