Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thor Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Thor, 92%, A-, 4.5 Stars
Marvel is back on its A game after bringing its C game and B game following the knockout Iron Man. Despite visuals that haven’t aged too well and minor plot holes, our introduction to Thor and Asgard is worthy of the being told in the halls of Valhalla.
-Pacing 9/10
The movie moves swiftly, and is a short, sweet alien-on-Earth story.
-Coherence 8/10
Here and there, there are some plot holes like “Why did Loki set up the assassination of Odin?” or the
-Relatability 10/10
The best part of this movie is the relatable story of learning humility. In this case, it’s Thor learning not to be such a bone-headed jackass. We all go through something where we learn “hm, I’m not as great and important as I thought I was,” and we all learn to reign in our impulses like Thor does in this movie.
-Development 10/10
This relatability makes him, in my opinion, a likable lead by the end. He starts out as that bone-headed jackass, and over time, I came to like him more as a character as he essentially grew up and was ready to die for his friends and protect the out-of-the-way town.
-Visual Believability 6/10
The visuals here are weak and aged poorly in the last 8 years. While some of the CGI is impressive, some of it looks too obvious like when Heimdall’s frozen, and some wider shots of the white walkers frost giants were obviously fake. Don’t even get me started on the green screens for the Asgard backgrounds, which have a flat feeling when contrasted to the actors in front of them.
-Purposeful Content 9/10
My major complaint here is the way a couple of shots were clearly made to be “in your face” 3D. This is probably due to the fact this was Marvel’s first movie to be released in the 3D format. Either big 3D made them do it, or Kenneth Branagh got excited.
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Patrick Doyle’s soundtrack perfectly conveys the grandeur of Asgard and the conflict at hand.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It is also used appropriately. One particular moment where it was rightfully omitted was when Loki told Thor of Odin’s “death,” which perfectly sold Thor’s belief that his father had died. Sidenote: upon thinking of this, I have to give Patrick Doyle credit for not going over the top with some kind of country twang music to highlight the New Mexico setting, instead, just keeping it to the conflict at hand.
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There was great humor in Thor’s behavior on Earth, and it didn’t get overbearing or flat.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
This was probably the least edgy of the early Marvel films, and that’s ok. It was a nice, clean, coming-of-age/alien-on-Earth movie.
The first Thor movie is better than some people give it credit for. While CGI ages poorly, it’s still a relatable character arc that Thor goes through that Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 failed to recapture from that first Iron Man movie. This makes it my second favorite of Phase 1 so far under this reevaluation.
Sidenote: I was less distracted by the Captain Marvel revelation in the post credits scene when I saw Fury. I’m either moving on or it was because I checked my email and social media while the credits rolled, distracting me from the content. Also, yes, I let the credits roll when I watched this at home and had paused a couple of times to go to the bathroom, because I have too much respect for the people who worked on this film.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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