Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Saw Thor Last Night and It's Just Ok

I saw Thor last night and must say I wasn't that impressed.  Maybe my expectations were too high.  Most of the reviews I've seen have been pretty positive.  Some have even said this is the best Marvel film so far.  I don't think so.  Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Hopkins all great.  Idris Elba, Renee Russo, and Colm Feore were fantastic as well.  The plot was good.  Dialogue was okay.

However, it had one of my biggest pet peeves.  I absolutely hate when there is a fight sequence and I have no idea who is fighting who.  That's the fault of Branaugh and the editor, Paul Rubell.  The camera was way too tight during most of the fights.  You don't need to show me emotion on an actor's face during a fight scene, I know he's pissed off or defending himself.  Also, try to show the fight scene from just a few camera angles.  We've already got two individuals in combat.  We don't need 400 angles and 200 quick cuts to convey action.  I was discussing this with my brother who said it reminded him of Transformers.  Well, no surprise there.  Guess who did the editing for both of the Transformers movies?  Yep, Paul Rubell.

I also thought that the costumes and props were kind of weak.  The costumes looked fine while the characters were in Asgard and Jotunheim.  However, I feel like they should have toned them down a little while the characters were on Earth.  The costumes for Sif and the Warriors Three were awful.  I've seen better costumes at conventions.

These might be minor points in an overall good film, but for me it makes this movie maybe 3 out of 5 stars rather than 4 out of 5.

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