Movie Review: Thor (2011)

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At the beginning of the movie, it is 965 AD, and the king of Asgard Odin (Anthony Hopkins) wages war against the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, of which Earth is a part of. The Asgardians are victorious, and take the Casket of Ancient Winters, the power source of the frost giants.

Back in present times, Odin’s son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) prepares to become king of Asgard, but the Frost Giants try to take the Casket, and prevents it from happening. Thor ignores Odin’s orders and travels to the Jotunheim to confront Laufey (the leader of the Frost Giants), and a battle ensues. Odin intervenes to save Thor and his company, but the fragile truce between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants are broken. Thor is stripped of his godly power and is exiled to earth, along with his hammer Mjolnir, which is now protected by an enchantment that can only be broken by someone worthy enough to wield it.

Thor falls out of the sky in New Mexico, where astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her assistant and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) finds him. Agent Phil Coulson arrives to inspect the Mjolnir after it becomes a local attraction. Thor tries to retrieve his hammer, but is heartbroken when he is unable to remove it from stone. With the help of Dr. Selvig, he is freed from S.H.I.E.L.D’s scrutiny and resigns himself to life as a mortal, even going through the beginning stages of a relationship with Jane.

Back at Asgard, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) learns that he is in reality Laufey’s son, and was adopted by Odin after the war. After Loki and Odin fight, Odin falls into the “Odinsleep” to recover. Loki seizes the throne, and offers Laufey the chance to retrieve the casket and kill Odin. Thor’s companions, Sif and the Warriors Three, are unhappy with Loki’s rule, and attempt to return Thor from exile, convincing Heimdall to allow them to travel to earth. Loki learns of their plan, and sends the Destroyer to pursue and kill Thor. The warriors find Thor, but when the Destroyer finds them they are defeated. Nearly dead, Thor offers himself for the safety of the humans, and this sacrifice prompts the Mjolnir to return to its master. He defeats the Destroyer, kisses Jane, and returns to Asgard to confront Loki.

Back in Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey. Thor arrives and fights Loki to prevent Loki destroying the Jotunheim through the Bifrost Bridge. Thor destroys the Bifrost Bridge, destroying his only way back to Jane. Loki falls into darkness when Odin reject his plea for approval. Thor and Odin makes peace, and back at Earth Jane searches for a way to get to Thor.

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Rating: 7/10

Thor is such a good film! I would recommend it to most people, particularly if you love superheroes. It is good to watch each film that leads up to the Avengers, and understand who is who and why they became like they are. Thor is one of my favorite films, partly because I discovered the awesome Chris Hemsworth here. Not only is he super attractive, he can luckily act as well (a rare occurrence) Watching it the second time around alerted me to some characters I hadn’t noticed before – Kat Dennings (who plays Max in my favorite comedy Two Broke Girls) and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time). Natalie Portman made a really good Jane, looking intelligent and wholesome the entire time.

On the Avengers note, I would place it after the Iron Man trilogy but before Captain America. Overall, I would say that watching Thor is not a bad way to spend nearly two hours of your time.

Two Broke Girls

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Caroline Channing had the perfect life until her father got locked up for fraud. She was well loved, spoiled, and had enough money to do everything she wants. After her father’s imprisonment, she is broke, homeless, and without any friends. When she desperately applies for work as a waitress, she lies on her application to her abilities about waitressing. Max, the other waitress, immediately realises that Caroline doesn’t have a clue how to do the work. Max reluctantly agrees not to sell Caroline out to their boss, Han. After finding out that every friend Caroline thought she had deserted her, and that she slept the night on the subway, she offers Caroline a place to stay.

The pair becomes friends and roommates, even though they have nothing in common. In direct contrast to Caroline’s eternal optimism and good mood, Max is sceptical about everything, with a dark humorous outlook on life.

When Caroline tastes Max’s homemade cupcakes, she realises their potential. After much nagging, she convinces Max that they should start a business together. They start saving and working to their goal, $200 000, but it moves painfully slow and they make many mistakes on their journey.

Rating:

6/10

For a light hearted comedy, I really enjoyed this show. It took a while to grow on me, but now I find it hysterical. The show is littered with bawdy humour, and I just crack up. It might offend some people, and I wouldn’t recommend it as a show to watch with young children around. The casting was well done. Kat Dennings stars as Max Black, perfectly suited for the role. Beth Behrs, who plays Caroline Channing, can be sometimes annoying with that squeaky voice, but overall I was impressed with her performance. Jennifer Coolidge is her normal hilarious self as Sophie, their Polish neighbour. I don’t know what it is about the woman, but everything that comes out of her mouth is extra funny. Another plus for the show is that each episode is about 22 minutes. If you are insanely busy but still dying for some entertainment, this is a good choice.