Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011, animated)
Plot: The early adventures of Thor (Matt Wolf), prince of Asgard, and the tale of how he came into possession of a powerful sword that could spark another war between the Asgardians and their long time enemies, the Frost Giants.
I don’t know if making a movie about a young Thor who doesn’t have his hammer was the best way to go. If you make a Thor movie, he should have his hammer. I just didn’t care about this whatsoever. It’s fairly boring, and there’s just no punch to it. There is some solid characterization going on though. The Warrior’s Three was a lot of fun, especially Fandral. Sif was a strong character. And I like the relationship between Thor and his brother Loki, especially at the end where there is an emotional pay-off. There’s also a good character twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. It does feel very Saturday Morning cartoonish though, particularly when the Warrior’s Three is first introduced. The music is also just atrocious. There are some cool fight sequences and a couple of bad ass shots, like when Thor first holds the Elder Storn sword, but this is mostly forgettable. I have nothing else to say other than being upset that I’m watching a Thor movie where he doesn’t throw his hammer.
Rating: 5.5 out of 10 (Passable Entertainment)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Paul Dobson as Hogun
-Hogun is one of the members of the Warrior’s Three. He’s an overly serious character, and kind of a dick. I have to say though…he comes off as pretty funny based on the fact that the other two members of the Warrior’s Three are so goofy. It really makes him stand out.
Worst Performance: Matt Wolf as Thor
-Way too whiney…that’s my analysis.
Best Line: “I left right after your opponents threw you back your weapon.” –Sif to Thor
-Wow…Thor just got owned.
Worst Line: “I was just so eager to prove myself” –Thor
-When you read the line on paper, I’m sure you’re like, ‘What’s the big deal with this line?’ But this was delivered in the whiniest way possible…really irritating.
-Thor against Algrim was actually pretty cool. The setting goes completely dark, as the only light is on Thor. And the way the fight ends is pretty bad ass, but we’ll get to that later.
-I’m just going to repeat this for a fourth time. A movie where Thor doesn’t use his hammer is BS…WTF!
-Piggybacking on my Best Line choice, I love when Sif totally shows Thor up at the barn by using a farm tool. Poor Thor.
-As much as I enjoyed the Warrior’s Three, their first scene is pretty bad. They are way too jokey when telling their tales, and then Thor comes in, and, you guessed it…whines.
-When the Warrior’s Three find out Thor has secretly boarded their ship, Thor reveals Loki has come along as well. Fandral has the best delivery when he goes, ‘And you brought Loki.’ Fandral says this in a way that’s like, ‘Oh, you brought the nerd along? Come on, man.’ Poor Loki…nobody wants to hang out with him.
Bad Ass Moment:
–So going back to that Thor/Algrim fight. Thor ends the battle when he throws Odin’s spear with pin point accuracy right through Algrim in complete darkness. To do that in complete darkness almost made up for all his whining earlier in the film…almost.