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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Yes, I am back, the guy who hated THE AVENGERS to discuss another Marvel movie that I was not a fan of. Looking back at Phase One as a whole, there really were fewer good movies produced than there were mediocre ones. While I enjoyed IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, I found that IRON MAN 2, THE AVENGERS, and THOR were very lacking. Of all of those movies, THOR was by far the worst. Yes, even worse than IRON MAN 2.

If you look at Thor as a character, he is truly the hardest property to bring in line with the rest of the Marvel universe because he is, well, a god. One of the reasons we as an audience are able to connect with Marvel heroes like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Bruce Banner is because they are human beings who have been altered in one way or another to become superheroes. Thor, however, is a deity with powers beyond the scope of mere mortals. Like Superman, he does have weaknesses, but take those out of the equation and there is not much for the average person to relate to.

Nuff said.

Which is why THOR tries to shoehorn in a variation of the comic book story that turns the title hero into a human being without ever making him one. In the classic comic origin, Thor was sent to Earth by his father Odin without his memories or his powers. He becomes the partially disabled human Dr. Donald Blake and only becomes Thor again when he discovers his hammer Mjolnir while on vacation in Norway. This allows the character to sustain an alter ego and function much like any other Marvel hero. But, THOR decides to abondon this and gives us instead a fish out of water scenario where Odin shoots Thor to Earth with full knowledge of who he is but no powers. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

The hijinks of Thor not being able to relate to humanity are meant to show how different the world of Asgard is from the world of Earth. Instead we get the same tired "Welcome to Earth" jokes done before in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, ENCINO MAN, and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER. Hey, look at the buff guy who doesn't know we don't smash plates and and talk in Old English! So funny! THOR presents a hero who is the opposite of every other superhero we know. Instead of someone normal learning to deal with new powers, we have someone with infinite power learning to appreciate those without power. But, while Superman respected humanity and embraced it as part of himself despite being wholly alien to it, Thor feels like an update of The Prince and the Pauper where the Prince remains a pompous douche.

If Hannibal Lecter was my dad, I would have daddy issues, too.

Chris Hemsworth is excellent as Thor in that he brings the physical presence to the role as well as a spot on impression of a spoiled rich kid. I found myself liking Loki more than Thor, which is a credit to Tom Hiddleston's great portrayal of Thor's sibling rival. In fact, I liked all of the supporting characters more than Thor. Even Anthony Hopkins' Odin feels more interesting than Thor. THOR is in many ways like DC's GREEN LANTERN movie. Both have to portray a very foreign world that is heavy on CGI and get the audience to buy in on it as a realistic place. Heimdall, The Warriors Three, Sif, and the Frost Giants all could have come off as cartoonish but end up feeling a lot more interesting than any humans in the movie. This is part of the reason I am looking forward to THOR: THE DARK WORLD a lot more than I did this film.

Speaking of humans, I love Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgard. All three are great actors and are tasked with representing humanity in this movie and they fall flat. How the hell did Natalie Portman actually play a character less engaging or interesting than Queen Amidala is beyond me, but she did so here. Dennings is basically reduced to a joke machine and they don't even use her well for that. Skarsgard is by far the best human connection here, but he feels like he was designed just as a bridge to link THOR to THE AVENGERS. In fact, both Skarsgard and Hemsworth were heads and tails better in THE AVENGERS than they were here.

Loki's hair gets increasingly more feminine the more badass he becomes.

THOR is a movie devoid of any true connections to humanity with this revised origin which in turn makes it almost impossible to relate to. The battle between the incredibly cool Destroyer doesn't feel like it truly holds any dramatic weight. I mean, does anyone really think that Thor is going to lose? The Destroyer could have been so much more imposing as a villain if the battle had taken place somewhere more populated. Here it just feels like Ang Lee's HULK where the big green guy is bouncing around the desert. Once back in Asgard, Thor and Loki have their final battle, which again feels a bit anti-climactic. I kept wondering why I should care. THOR felt superficial from the opening to the ending.

This was Marvel's first attempt to capitalize on IRON MAN and it succeeds only in place-setting the larger franchise. We have become so inundated with Disney and Marvel's plans for their overall cinematic universe that we didn't bat an eye when they turned in subpar work. For all of the talent involved in this movie, it should have been a lot better. THOR feels like a huge trailer for THE AVENGERS and nothing more than a glossy head shot for Chris Hemsworth.

I fully understand that giving Thor his own movie to lead into THE AVENGERS was necessary to test the waters with movie audiences. There was backlash when Kenneth Branagh was not invited back for the sequel, a decision I fully understand. THOR is an okay origin story, but there is a hell of a lot of work needed to make it good enough as a standalone Marvel movie. I will chalk THOR up as a nice try and hopefully THOR: THE DARK WORLD can capitalize on that goodwill and deliver a proper, epic movie starring the Thunder God himself.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to alexmaidy@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

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4:58AM on 08/01/2013
I am sick of hearing that we have to have a hero we can relate to. This is bull. I watch a movie to get away from life for awile. Noone goes to this movie thinking they can relate to Thor. They go because they want to see a comic book hero come to life on screen. That being said, you lost me at not liking The Avengers.
I am sick of hearing that we have to have a hero we can relate to. This is bull. I watch a movie to get away from life for awile. Noone goes to this movie thinking they can relate to Thor. They go because they want to see a comic book hero come to life on screen. That being said, you lost me at not liking The Avengers.
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1:18PM on 05/10/2013

Um...how is this an UNPOPULAR opinion?

Isn't your opinion basically the opinion of most critics (57% MetaCritic / 77% on RT)...its an "ok" movie. Yeah...pretty much. Also, they needed the Thor film for far more than simply to test the waters out in the theatres...a lot of the story presented is needed for the actual Avengers and there could be circumstances from it that lead into Thor 2 and Avengers 2.
Isn't your opinion basically the opinion of most critics (57% MetaCritic / 77% on RT)...its an "ok" movie. Yeah...pretty much. Also, they needed the Thor film for far more than simply to test the waters out in the theatres...a lot of the story presented is needed for the actual Avengers and there could be circumstances from it that lead into Thor 2 and Avengers 2.
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10:15AM on 05/09/2013

Sure

This movie is probably the vest they would ever do with the character. I mean it's Thor for christ's sake.
This movie is probably the vest they would ever do with the character. I mean it's Thor for christ's sake.
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10:15AM on 05/09/2013

Sure

This movie is probably the vest they would ever do with the character. I mean it's Thor for christ's sake.
This movie is probably the vest they would ever do with the character. I mean it's Thor for christ's sake.
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9:38PM on 05/08/2013
I don't think 'Thor' is a perfect film (maybe a 2.85 out of 5) but I enjoyed it on DVD. I'm also not one who enjoyed 'The Avengers.'
I don't think 'Thor' is a perfect film (maybe a 2.85 out of 5) but I enjoyed it on DVD. I'm also not one who enjoyed 'The Avengers.'
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8:06PM on 05/08/2013
I think Thor is a good movie, even if it is my least favorite of the phase 1 films. The Asgard parts are great, but the parts on Earth are just ok. I know why it's necessary for the story for him to be on Earth, but this movie would have been so much better if it was just set in Asgard and the other Realms. Also, was I the only one sick of the slanted camera angles in this film? Anyway, I think Thor 2 has the best chance at improving upon the first movie than any of the other marvel films, so
I think Thor is a good movie, even if it is my least favorite of the phase 1 films. The Asgard parts are great, but the parts on Earth are just ok. I know why it's necessary for the story for him to be on Earth, but this movie would have been so much better if it was just set in Asgard and the other Realms. Also, was I the only one sick of the slanted camera angles in this film? Anyway, I think Thor 2 has the best chance at improving upon the first movie than any of the other marvel films, so I'm looking forward to it.
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6:23PM on 05/08/2013

Welp...opinions are opinions...

but I completely disagree with essentially all of yours, good sir.
but I completely disagree with essentially all of yours, good sir.
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4:35PM on 05/08/2013

Thank goodness someone spoke up...

It took me 3x to get through this horrendous film. I was bored from 1st frame to last. I read that someone said, "This isn't supposed to be about connecting to characters." Why watch movies then?? That is why we love Batman, Iron Man and so on. We connect. I felt disconnected from this movie from the start. Disney/Marvel have a plan and are not afraid to throw money at it no matter how bad the results are (Thor/Avengers/Iron Man 2/Keeping Norton out of Avengers)
Bring on the hate replies &
It took me 3x to get through this horrendous film. I was bored from 1st frame to last. I read that someone said, "This isn't supposed to be about connecting to characters." Why watch movies then?? That is why we love Batman, Iron Man and so on. We connect. I felt disconnected from this movie from the start. Disney/Marvel have a plan and are not afraid to throw money at it no matter how bad the results are (Thor/Avengers/Iron Man 2/Keeping Norton out of Avengers)
Bring on the hate replies & thumbs down - I am sure I will get them...
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2:45PM on 05/08/2013

Totally disagree

I understand your points, but I don't agree. Thor is the best of Phase 1 dealing with a single hero after Iron Man. There's a real sense of emotion. The visuals are also striking and it has some of the acting of the Marvel films. My only issues were Loki and Thor's anticlimactic battle, and Jane's abundant horniness. I think Iron Man 2 and Captain America were the weakess of Phase 1.
I understand your points, but I don't agree. Thor is the best of Phase 1 dealing with a single hero after Iron Man. There's a real sense of emotion. The visuals are also striking and it has some of the acting of the Marvel films. My only issues were Loki and Thor's anticlimactic battle, and Jane's abundant horniness. I think Iron Man 2 and Captain America were the weakess of Phase 1.
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1:34PM on 05/08/2013

Avengers

I think people forget that this movie was essentially a setup for The Avengers, and an introduction to Thor. It's supposed to be taken as incomplete -- something to get people ready for what Marvel really was concerned about -- THE AVENGERS.
I think people forget that this movie was essentially a setup for The Avengers, and an introduction to Thor. It's supposed to be taken as incomplete -- something to get people ready for what Marvel really was concerned about -- THE AVENGERS.
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2:00PM on 05/08/2013

True. However, they should have done the character darker, less high-tech, more magical and more mystical imho.
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True. However, they should have done the character darker, less high-tech, more magical and more mystical imho.
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1:17PM on 05/08/2013
Bringing Thor to the big screen was a hard enough thing to do. The film managed just that. But it could have been a lot better; agree.
Bringing Thor to the big screen was a hard enough thing to do. The film managed just that. But it could have been a lot better; agree.
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12:22PM on 05/08/2013

Hurm...

I think your opinion is actually pretty close to the critical consensus of the film, just a little bit more negative
I think your opinion is actually pretty close to the critical consensus of the film, just a little bit more negative
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12:11PM on 05/08/2013
Spot. Friggin'. On.

This is exactly my opinion of Thor, and, honestly, what I thought was the popular opinion on the film.
Spot. Friggin'. On.

This is exactly my opinion of Thor, and, honestly, what I thought was the popular opinion on the film.
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11:40AM on 05/08/2013
Oh come on! The coffee scene was hysterical.
Oh come on! The coffee scene was hysterical.
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10:50AM on 05/08/2013
I watched Thor for the 1st time last week, since I saw it in theaters. I still don't like it at all. Thor acts like he's 15 for half the movie and I too found myself rooting for Loki as the movie progressed. By the end of the movie, how could one blame Loki for going crazy? If my entire planet/realm was following an asshole god-prince into the next dynasty, I would try to undermine him too. Loki was sane, rational and intelligent.

After a few days on earth with no real life changing
I watched Thor for the 1st time last week, since I saw it in theaters. I still don't like it at all. Thor acts like he's 15 for half the movie and I too found myself rooting for Loki as the movie progressed. By the end of the movie, how could one blame Loki for going crazy? If my entire planet/realm was following an asshole god-prince into the next dynasty, I would try to undermine him too. Loki was sane, rational and intelligent.

After a few days on earth with no real life changing experiences- Thor becomes a mature, rational warrior fit for king? ...... what?

Sif & the Warriors 3 were incredibly cartoony when they arrived on Earth. Not due to their armor or likeliness, but how they acted.
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10:27AM on 05/08/2013
Still better than The Incredible Hulk. That movie had no heart and weak plot. At least Thor bothers with plot and motivations. The Loki story is actually pretty original in film. And the most important element of a good film, character development. Thor himself changes dramatically from the beginning to the end of the film.
Still better than The Incredible Hulk. That movie had no heart and weak plot. At least Thor bothers with plot and motivations. The Loki story is actually pretty original in film. And the most important element of a good film, character development. Thor himself changes dramatically from the beginning to the end of the film.
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10:24AM on 05/08/2013
Oh well. I really like it. Enjoyed more than IM2 & 3. More than Cap & Incredible Hulk too...
Oh well. I really like it. Enjoyed more than IM2 & 3. More than Cap & Incredible Hulk too...
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10:22AM on 05/08/2013
This is by far not the best movie of Marvel's phase 1. But it's definitely not worse than Iron Man 2. And if the worse problem you have with the movie is the origin story, well a) not really a big deal, and b) you are not a big Thor reader. His origin was retconned in the comics from the Donald Blake persona harnessing the power of Thor to there actually being the god Thor who resides in Asgard and is the proclaimed protector of Earth, so comes here to protect us and on occasion teams up
This is by far not the best movie of Marvel's phase 1. But it's definitely not worse than Iron Man 2. And if the worse problem you have with the movie is the origin story, well a) not really a big deal, and b) you are not a big Thor reader. His origin was retconned in the comics from the Donald Blake persona harnessing the power of Thor to there actually being the god Thor who resides in Asgard and is the proclaimed protector of Earth, so comes here to protect us and on occasion teams up with the Avengers. This was the origin story they went with for the movie, and retconned that origin to make Asgardians seem more like distant alien beings that come to earth and were perceived as gods rather than making them gods themselves. Not really a huge issue, and if it is for you than you must also hate Superman comics/movies as they have the same basic setup for the stories as well.
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10:17AM on 05/08/2013
Thor was fucking awful. A 2 hour slapstick comedy disguised as a superhero movie. I love the butthurt Marvel fanboys in the comments. Just admit it. Thor sucked. Great article.
Thor was fucking awful. A 2 hour slapstick comedy disguised as a superhero movie. I love the butthurt Marvel fanboys in the comments. Just admit it. Thor sucked. Great article.
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12:34PM on 05/08/2013
I'm neutral on the movie. That said, I'm not sure what being an asshole to people who liked it does to improve your argument.
I'm neutral on the movie. That said, I'm not sure what being an asshole to people who liked it does to improve your argument.
1:31PM on 05/08/2013
Sorry I get a little annoyed when people who agree with the article get massively thumbs down for expressing their opinion.
Sorry I get a little annoyed when people who agree with the article get massively thumbs down for expressing their opinion.
2:42PM on 05/08/2013
You're right. I was in a bad mood when I posted this comment and didn't mean to come off so harsh. I'm sorry. I do however think Thor is an awful film.
You're right. I was in a bad mood when I posted this comment and didn't mean to come off so harsh. I'm sorry. I do however think Thor is an awful film.
9:59AM on 05/08/2013

Yeah...

I can see why this is the UnPopular Opinion.
I can see why this is the UnPopular Opinion.
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9:36AM on 05/08/2013

Greek Tragedy?

I think we're playing fast and loose calling this a Greek tragedy. Regardless of how good this movie is or isn't - it doesn't play like a tragedy in general, and certainly not like a classical Greek tragedy.
I think we're playing fast and loose calling this a Greek tragedy. Regardless of how good this movie is or isn't - it doesn't play like a tragedy in general, and certainly not like a classical Greek tragedy.
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10:16AM on 05/08/2013
If Loki is the main character rather than Thor then it qualifies as a tragedy.
If Loki is the main character rather than Thor then it qualifies as a tragedy.
12:31PM on 05/08/2013
Except that Loki is not the main character - even if he is more interesting. The story is about the fall, and rise of Thor. That has more in common with other narrative structures. You can chose to "turn the telescope around" and look at the movie backwards, but this isn't how the story was constructed, so the comparison still doesn't stand. Some movies are ambiguous enough to support that type of reverse interpretation, but this isn't one of them. Also - anti-heroes aren't exactly the stock
Except that Loki is not the main character - even if he is more interesting. The story is about the fall, and rise of Thor. That has more in common with other narrative structures. You can chose to "turn the telescope around" and look at the movie backwards, but this isn't how the story was constructed, so the comparison still doesn't stand. Some movies are ambiguous enough to support that type of reverse interpretation, but this isn't one of them. Also - anti-heroes aren't exactly the stock and trade of classical greek tragedies.
9:34AM on 05/08/2013

Totally disagree

I understand your points, but I don't agree. Thor is the best of Phase 1 dealing with a single hero after Iron Man. There's a real sense of emotion. The visuals are also striking and it has some of the acting of the Marvel films. My only issues were Loki and Thor's anticlimactic battle, and Jane's abundant horniness. I think Iron Man 2 and Captain America were the weakess of Phase 1.
I understand your points, but I don't agree. Thor is the best of Phase 1 dealing with a single hero after Iron Man. There's a real sense of emotion. The visuals are also striking and it has some of the acting of the Marvel films. My only issues were Loki and Thor's anticlimactic battle, and Jane's abundant horniness. I think Iron Man 2 and Captain America were the weakess of Phase 1.
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9:18AM on 05/08/2013
Totally disagree.. Thor was beautifully shot, played like a Greek tragedy with the family story as a backbone to the film, great performances and the best part, a great villain! To me, that will always be the key ingredient for a great movie: a truly masterful bad guy/girl (e.g. Collateral, Silence of the Lams, Die Hard, and of course, The Dark Knight). Give a me "good" villain and I will enjoy the movie for sure.

Maybe it wasn´t a masterpiece, but really.. WHO NEEDS ONE? It´s a superhero
Totally disagree.. Thor was beautifully shot, played like a Greek tragedy with the family story as a backbone to the film, great performances and the best part, a great villain! To me, that will always be the key ingredient for a great movie: a truly masterful bad guy/girl (e.g. Collateral, Silence of the Lams, Die Hard, and of course, The Dark Knight). Give a me "good" villain and I will enjoy the movie for sure.

Maybe it wasn´t a masterpiece, but really.. WHO NEEDS ONE? It´s a superhero movie, just sit back and enjoy.. and in that regard it delivered.

Just give me Thor 2 already.
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9:03AM on 05/08/2013
I agree with this article. Thor was confusing as all hell to me. I'm not a comic book guy, which might be why I found this quite more far-fetched, but I just couldn't follow what the hell was going on.
I agree with this article. Thor was confusing as all hell to me. I'm not a comic book guy, which might be why I found this quite more far-fetched, but I just couldn't follow what the hell was going on.
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8:50AM on 05/08/2013
I'm going to disagree with you. I think Thor was a good movie for a couple of reasons. One it played like a Greek tragedy, the family drama between Odin and Thor and Loki is the root and heart of the movie. Branagh needed to get Thor to Earth. Thor as a film was supposed to be a stepping stone a prequel to set up the Avengers. It did what it needed to do, and it gave a good sense of the personality of one of the more bizarre Avengers characters. This was a film that didn't rely on the
I'm going to disagree with you. I think Thor was a good movie for a couple of reasons. One it played like a Greek tragedy, the family drama between Odin and Thor and Loki is the root and heart of the movie. Branagh needed to get Thor to Earth. Thor as a film was supposed to be a stepping stone a prequel to set up the Avengers. It did what it needed to do, and it gave a good sense of the personality of one of the more bizarre Avengers characters. This was a film that didn't rely on the special effects, but rather the story. The effects and action sequences were to embellish the story and they were done quite well. To call it bad, you should compare it to the SciFi original films and such. It was certainly a fun ride in the cinema.
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7:45AM on 05/08/2013

THOR is fantastic to me...my favourite origin movie after Iron Man

I think this movie and the characters were beautifully executed. The only weak part I thought was Portman. The visuals and music were incredible, the balance between Earth and Asgard was handled extremely well and it was just a terrific origin story.
I think this movie and the characters were beautifully executed. The only weak part I thought was Portman. The visuals and music were incredible, the balance between Earth and Asgard was handled extremely well and it was just a terrific origin story.
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6:18AM on 05/08/2013
I didn't think Thor was a great movie...definitely felt like act one for The Avengers, and that's where it comes off kind of weird., it didn't feel like a stand alone movie, it felt like part of a movie. I guess I'm the only one that didn't like Loki at all, thought he was a whiney little bitch. Luckily he grew some balls for The Avengers, maybe they came with that 'staff'.
I didn't think Thor was a great movie...definitely felt like act one for The Avengers, and that's where it comes off kind of weird., it didn't feel like a stand alone movie, it felt like part of a movie. I guess I'm the only one that didn't like Loki at all, thought he was a whiney little bitch. Luckily he grew some balls for The Avengers, maybe they came with that 'staff'.
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6:17AM on 05/08/2013

Nope. Disagree with this one...

To me Thor was a much better movie than you give it credit for. I certainly enjoyed this more than Captain America or the Incredible Hulk and though Chris Hemsworth was excellent in it. I will agree with you on Natalie Portman though, I thought she was wasted here and hope that she meets her demise in T2.
To me Thor was a much better movie than you give it credit for. I certainly enjoyed this more than Captain America or the Incredible Hulk and though Chris Hemsworth was excellent in it. I will agree with you on Natalie Portman though, I thought she was wasted here and hope that she meets her demise in T2.
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4:53AM on 05/08/2013
Nope, sorry to disagree, dude. All of the Phase I (and II) Marvel movies have been very entertaining. Sure, some more than others, but still a heck of a good time at the theater. I loved Thor.
Nope, sorry to disagree, dude. All of the Phase I (and II) Marvel movies have been very entertaining. Sure, some more than others, but still a heck of a good time at the theater. I loved Thor.
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4:45AM on 05/08/2013
It was my favourite of the Phase I films after the Avengers, tied with the first Iron Man. I'm not even a fan of traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy, but this film made me a convert with the way it handled the idea of the brash hero forced to eat his humble pie as a fish out of water. Kenneth Branagh was a really interesting choice of director, and he made it work. It is a gorgeous-looking movie (tell me the bifrost isn't one of the most beautiful things put on film) and Hemsworth did a very
It was my favourite of the Phase I films after the Avengers, tied with the first Iron Man. I'm not even a fan of traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy, but this film made me a convert with the way it handled the idea of the brash hero forced to eat his humble pie as a fish out of water. Kenneth Branagh was a really interesting choice of director, and he made it work. It is a gorgeous-looking movie (tell me the bifrost isn't one of the most beautiful things put on film) and Hemsworth did a very good job with the character. I liked it a whole lot.
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4:31AM on 05/08/2013

I read ...

... "Yes, I am back, the guy who hated THE AVENGERS"
Then I stopped. Why bother reading the rest ?
I have zero interest in reading about what a guy thinks of Thor, if he isn't even able to enjoy one of the most entertaining superhero movies. I purposely didn't say "the best superhero movie of all-time", because we all know that the best of all is "The Dark Knight RISES" as it contains the most clever twist-ending device since Keyser Söze : the autopilot. BAM ! I just pissed some people off,
... "Yes, I am back, the guy who hated THE AVENGERS"
Then I stopped. Why bother reading the rest ?
I have zero interest in reading about what a guy thinks of Thor, if he isn't even able to enjoy one of the most entertaining superhero movies. I purposely didn't say "the best superhero movie of all-time", because we all know that the best of all is "The Dark Knight RISES" as it contains the most clever twist-ending device since Keyser Söze : the autopilot. BAM ! I just pissed some people off, can I write for this column now ? 'Cause I would have a lot to say about "Live Free or Die Hard", "Crystal Skull", "Spider-man 3" (movies I never understood the hatred for) or "Prometheus" (a friend always asks me to review it at parties because the first time I did it, people laughed so much that I seriously considered going into the stand-up business. And I'm not THAT good, but this movie had enough stupid things going on that it turned my review into a 60 minutes comedy routine)
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4:18AM on 05/08/2013
Don't get the hate for Thor....it was better than I expected being completely honest
Don't get the hate for Thor....it was better than I expected being completely honest
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3:54AM on 05/08/2013

I really liked Thor

I may even prefer it to all the other Marvel movies with the exception of Avengers and the yet to be seen Iron Man 3.
My wife loves it too and she hates superhero movies... Ah thats why people don't like it.
I may even prefer it to all the other Marvel movies with the exception of Avengers and the yet to be seen Iron Man 3.
My wife loves it too and she hates superhero movies... Ah thats why people don't like it.
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3:26AM on 05/08/2013

what!!

Thor is pretty good.
Captain America that's worse and should be here!
Thor is pretty good.
Captain America that's worse and should be here!
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2:26AM on 05/08/2013

I typically don't agree with this article...

...but I think that this entry was spot on.
...but I think that this entry was spot on.
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2:10AM on 05/08/2013
Is this really an unpopular opinion though? I know more people who disliked Thor and no one who really loved it.
Is this really an unpopular opinion though? I know more people who disliked Thor and no one who really loved it.
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2:04AM on 05/08/2013

This is not an unpopular opinion

The villain is usually more interesting than the hero. Tom Hiddleston's Loki was also easily one of the most interesting things about the Avengers. I'm actually worried about the inevitable Thor movie without Loki. Thor is a lot like the Hulk: he is basically there to smash things except he uses a hammer and isn't quite as angry.
The villain is usually more interesting than the hero. Tom Hiddleston's Loki was also easily one of the most interesting things about the Avengers. I'm actually worried about the inevitable Thor movie without Loki. Thor is a lot like the Hulk: he is basically there to smash things except he uses a hammer and isn't quite as angry.
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2:01AM on 05/08/2013
I feel like this column is just a way for you to stir controversy and get attention.
I feel like this column is just a way for you to stir controversy and get attention.
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8:52PM on 05/08/2013
Going by past Alex Maidy columns & articles, that certainly seems to be his M.O.
Going by past Alex Maidy columns & articles, that certainly seems to be his M.O.
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1:53AM on 05/08/2013
I disagree. I think, thouigh you may not have had a connection to the characters, maybe missed the point. This isn't supposed to be about connecting to characters. This is EXACTLY about a god. It's about a god becoming humbled. The entire point of Thor was that he was powerful and wanted to use that power. The entire film is about him becoming humble and learning how to limit himself and control his power and use it to protect and not seek blood and violence. Every other Marvel film is about
I disagree. I think, thouigh you may not have had a connection to the characters, maybe missed the point. This isn't supposed to be about connecting to characters. This is EXACTLY about a god. It's about a god becoming humbled. The entire point of Thor was that he was powerful and wanted to use that power. The entire film is about him becoming humble and learning how to limit himself and control his power and use it to protect and not seek blood and violence. Every other Marvel film is about human beings, albeit some who are superior to others, learning how to overcome their humanity. The difference with Thor is that he is learning how to tame what makes him superior to human beings. Now, maybe the Marvel films really aren't your thing, obviously they aren't for everyone, and I will give you that Thor is not the best out of the bunch, but I honestly cannot understand how you can like Captain America, who's probably the blandest of all the Avengers and has the blandest origin story/villain, but hate most others, including the Avengers. I can't even comprehend that. But, that's what opinions are for, I suppose.
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1:43AM on 05/08/2013
Gonna have to disagree with you on this one, boss. It's not perfect, but Thor was overall just a fun movie. You criticize the main character for being the opposite of every other superhero out there, but I'm sure if this was reversed then you'd criticize him for being just like every other superhero. Yes, Kat Dennings is annoying but beyond that I had a good time with this one. It's certainly MUCH better than Iron Man 2 (the worst of Phase 1).
Gonna have to disagree with you on this one, boss. It's not perfect, but Thor was overall just a fun movie. You criticize the main character for being the opposite of every other superhero out there, but I'm sure if this was reversed then you'd criticize him for being just like every other superhero. Yes, Kat Dennings is annoying but beyond that I had a good time with this one. It's certainly MUCH better than Iron Man 2 (the worst of Phase 1).
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1:39AM on 05/08/2013
This from the man whose favourite action movie is Tango and Cash.
This from the man whose favourite action movie is Tango and Cash.
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1:29AM on 05/08/2013

First "Unpopular Opinion" I agree with

I didn't think this movie was that good, I thought it had all the right pieces, but it just didn't come together well.
I didn't think this movie was that good, I thought it had all the right pieces, but it just didn't come together well.
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1:26AM on 05/08/2013
Didn't care for Thor much the first time I saw it, but my 2nd viewing I liked it much much more. I loved the Asgard sets and Branagh's direction. Despite how thinly his buddies were written, I still liked the whole of them as a troupe. I liked Captain America much more at first, but after 2nd viewings of both I really found myself liking Thor better now. Honestly I'm more excited for Thor 2 than I was Iron Man 3. Definately got me interested in the character and I now pick up his solo ongoing
Didn't care for Thor much the first time I saw it, but my 2nd viewing I liked it much much more. I loved the Asgard sets and Branagh's direction. Despite how thinly his buddies were written, I still liked the whole of them as a troupe. I liked Captain America much more at first, but after 2nd viewings of both I really found myself liking Thor better now. Honestly I'm more excited for Thor 2 than I was Iron Man 3. Definately got me interested in the character and I now pick up his solo ongoing comic series!
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1:19AM on 05/08/2013
Thor is a crap movie and I love you for this
Thor is a crap movie and I love you for this
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10:53AM on 05/08/2013
this.
this.
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12:59AM on 05/08/2013

You kidding me?

Did watching this movie involve drinking? This was a fun film and the humor was well done, fights were solid and Hemsworth nailed it. Do I like Hiddleston, absolutely he was pure venom with every line he spit (except the you don't love me line).
Did watching this movie involve drinking? This was a fun film and the humor was well done, fights were solid and Hemsworth nailed it. Do I like Hiddleston, absolutely he was pure venom with every line he spit (except the you don't love me line).
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12:43AM on 05/08/2013
Thor is a really good film and a really good take on the character. I don't really understand how we could have gotten a better Thor origins movie than what we got.

Thor was probably the most difficult film for Marvel to pull off and I thought they did a terrific job presenting the characters and the universe and realms that Thor lives in. Also the film introduced us to the awesomeness that is Hemsworth and Hiddleston.

I just really enjoyed how different the film was from any other
Thor is a really good film and a really good take on the character. I don't really understand how we could have gotten a better Thor origins movie than what we got.

Thor was probably the most difficult film for Marvel to pull off and I thought they did a terrific job presenting the characters and the universe and realms that Thor lives in. Also the film introduced us to the awesomeness that is Hemsworth and Hiddleston.

I just really enjoyed how different the film was from any other superhero movie that we had seen and also enjoyed the Shakesperian dialogue throughout. And how this film had the biggest impact on the events that took place during The Avengers.

Thor certainly wasn't the best Marvel Phase One film, but it was definitely the biggest, riskiest film that Marvel pulled off successfully. I think the sequel will be much bigger and better in a lot of ways.
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12:42AM on 05/08/2013

What?

Why is this an unpopular opinion? Are there actually people out there who thought this was a good movie?
Fucking awful film on every level.
Why is this an unpopular opinion? Are there actually people out there who thought this was a good movie?
Fucking awful film on every level.
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1:30AM on 05/08/2013
It wasn't awful, that's just a silly statement. Overrated? Yes. Awful? Not by the longest shot of all the longshots.
It wasn't awful, that's just a silly statement. Overrated? Yes. Awful? Not by the longest shot of all the longshots.
1:46AM on 05/08/2013
A lot of people actually. It's not considered the best of the bunch, but I think many were surprised and it did turn into a very entertaining film. I'm not sure what all these levels you're talking about are, but the film I saw was very entertaining and up there with the rest of the Marvel films.
A lot of people actually. It's not considered the best of the bunch, but I think many were surprised and it did turn into a very entertaining film. I'm not sure what all these levels you're talking about are, but the film I saw was very entertaining and up there with the rest of the Marvel films.
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12:33AM on 05/08/2013
In my opinion, Thor is a great movie with a backbone story that anybody can relate to. His issues with Odin where he wants to prove himself worthy of the Mjolnir is what makes him "Human". Specifically, the prologue where he faces The Destroyer that he begged Loki to stop this madness and blame on Thor only and leave others out. That's where the humanity lies in Thor. He IS worthy of the Mjolnir. All in all, I bravo Kenneth Branagh for pulling this movie off with flying color.
In my opinion, Thor is a great movie with a backbone story that anybody can relate to. His issues with Odin where he wants to prove himself worthy of the Mjolnir is what makes him "Human". Specifically, the prologue where he faces The Destroyer that he begged Loki to stop this madness and blame on Thor only and leave others out. That's where the humanity lies in Thor. He IS worthy of the Mjolnir. All in all, I bravo Kenneth Branagh for pulling this movie off with flying color.
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