Well it is a good start to what should be a great summer of blockbusters. A fun film and that’s where it lasts really. As a writer I felt like the character of Thor needed more background in the film. They start to get into it then bam just throw you right into the middle of things. Questions I’d like to of seen answered: How did he obtain his hammer? How did he gain his father’s respect more than Loki to begin with, etc etc. Did a lot of telling, no show. The acting in terms of the Asgard realm was pretty solid. Tom Hiddleston as Loki was the true standout in my mind. Chris Hemmsworth a close second as Thor. Anthony Hopkins had a decent role in my mind, sort of upstaged at times in my opinion. Idris Elba was very solid. Rene Russo had a throwaway role. Now to the earth’s aspects of acting….. Portman did not look like an Oscar winner. Stellan Skarsgard was at about 10% of his Good Will Hunting level. Kat Dennings was good comic relief at times. Clark Gregg I think is great as Agent Coulson, the character has really grown on me since Iron Man. Good use of revealing Renner’s character, they did really well not to overdo it and upstage the film.
The biggest problem I have with the film is the stupid sideways angle that they used way too much. Sure certain aspects benefited from it but mostly it was annoying. The director, Kenneth Branagh should stick to Shakespearean films like his earlier Much Ado About Nothing. The special effects were really entertaining, some of the best in recent memory. Also I think this film would’ve worked great in regular format, I think 3D was neat in some scenes but mostly over excessive. Great extra scene at the end. Fun flick.