The audience’s initial glimpse of Thor is promptly after he’s been ostracized from Asgard by his father Odin, stripped of his title and Mjolnir, his legendary hammer. No longer a god, just a mortal, he is shown plummeting from his home world of Asgard and crashing into the surface of the Earth. Upon landing, astrophysicist Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig discover Thor in the desert by nearly running him over.
The principal strength of this film is that it is an untraditional superhero film; the heart of it is relying on character development instead of just purely ACTION like most others do. Plus it features a wonderfully multi-layered sympathetic tragic villain through Loki, the God of Mischief. I won’t spoil anything. As well, any scenes with Thor, Loki, and Odin pilfer your attention, along with some visually arresting moments featuring Mjolnir whenever the legendary hammer is being wielded in a clash, the long panning camera shot of Asgard near the beginning of the flick, and all of the aspects pertaining to the Destroyer, a seemingly relentless near invincible automaton that’s in fact merely a suit of enchanted armor forged by Odin.
Alas, while intimate and special care was given to the main characters, the supporting cast’s treatment is fragmentary. For example, Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, comrades of Thor, look the part, donned in exceedingly believable Asgardian warrior garments, yet they are rarely given an opportunity to brandish their weapons. And in a critical battle their attacks prove to be as futile as their role throughout all of Thor (2011).
To boot, examine the character Jane Foster, she’s a facade; the astrophysicist’s lone purpose is for Thor to befriend her allowing for essential prominent modifications to occur within him. For instance, while on Earth, Thor is depicted as a bewildered fish out of water; he acts as if he’s still a deity through his over the top Shakespearean dialogue and startling idiosyncrasies. Also, his supercilious and wild nature leads him into severe trouble.
In spite of this, through Jane, Thor matures. A boy becomes a man. Foolishness is replaced with a blossoming sagacity. A warrior transforms into a king. All of these revolutions ensue during Thor’s pithy banishment on Earth, and that’s the core of Thor (2011), what separates it from any other archetypal superhero film.