So, what kind of Thor has he given us? A Shakespearean Flash Gordon? A dark gritty re-imagining in the style of The Ultimates? No. Although there are hints of both of these deep, deep down on the film’s DNA, instead, for the most part, Branagh has done something very simple. He’s put the comic on screen.
More specifically, he’s put the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby-era Thor on screen. No ifs. No buts. No shamefaced attempts to hide the film’s four-colour origins. No nudge, nudge, “we all know how silly this is” winks at the audience. Instead, Branagh has embraced the whole concept, and gives it – somewhat surprisingly – a refreshingly straight approach. So the fantasy scenes in the gods’ realm of Asgard feel mythic, slightly pompous and gloriously over-designed, while the Earth scenes are the kind of quipping, slugging, slick superherofest storytelling honed in the two Iron Man films. Somehow, Branagh convinces you the two worlds can coexist, so much so that wby the time we witness Thor’s Warriors Three and the Lady Sif walking along the dusty high street of a small desert town in New Mexico, it may look silly (“Sir,” reports a SHIELD agent, “Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood have arrived”), but it also looks right… it’s an animated frame from one those of those ’60s comics.
I saw it today. It's very good indeed. Hemsworth's wonderfull as Thor, capturing all the heroic and less-heroic qualities the character needs, and is thankfully really earnest with the potentially silly viking things.We could have gotten more of him as full on Thor, but they treat him getting his powers back as the big moment it deserves to be, and the story to get there is pretty entertaining. Tom Hiddleston is great as Loki, and I was surprised how his story wasn't as clear cut a case of villainy as I expected, and he goes on as much a journey to being the bad guy as Thor does to heroism. Portman does fine as Jane Foster and the other mortals are portrayed well and are a good cast for Thor to play off on. Also loved the Warriors Three and Heimdall and overall was pleased at how they didn't copout on the mythological stuff and embraced it as much as they did the earth side of things. And it's also very funny at times (The "I need a horse" scene for one), making light of Thor's situation but not to the extent that he becomes a joke. The movie Marvel universe continues to be built, with references to the Hulk, Iron Man, a (very brief, almost a teasing) appearance by Hawkeye, and a post-credits sequence that seems to give us the most solid idea of what The Avengers movie's story will be based around so far.