C’mon, you know you’re curious 😉
Warning: spoilers ahoy.
Okay, first things first: Loki wasn’t having enough fun. I mean, he’s a trickster – he should be enjoying himself a lot more, especially when it seems that everything is going his way…
Which leads me to my next problem with the film: the characterisation, which was done in very broad strokes, and suffered from a little too much telling instead of showing. While not knowing exactly where Loki stood for much of the film worked nicely for me, I would have liked to see a little more playfulness, especially in the earlier parts of the film.
Thor himself was drawn in big simple terms, and his character arc is even less well-depicted than Loki’s. Not to mention the fact that it seems to be largely confined to about 15 minutes of the film.
The actual acting is pretty good, and the dialogue is crisp and often quite funny. It’s the plotting that lets us down, again and again – most notably when Thor is somehow able to intuit what it means that he cannot pick up his hammer even though he wasn’t there to hear Odin’s enchantment of it. Given that this is the lynchpin of his character arc, it’s a shocking omission in the film that he doesn’t know what he should know for his reaction to make any sense whatsoever.
Finally, I still think Brian Blessed would have been a better Odin than Anthony Hopkins (but then, I love Blessed and think Hopkins over-rated, so I would say that). Fortunately, the rest of the cast – especially Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Kat Dennings – more than make up for him. (It’s not the best film of Natalie Portman of Stellan Skarsgard’s careers, but neither of them has anything to prove, or anything to be embarassed about with this film.)
The film is visually spectacular, especially in the Asgard and Jotunheim sequences. The fight scene in Jotunheim is absolutely fantastic, combining everything we’ve seen in The Lord of the Rings and Iron Man films – it’s epic fantasy and superhero smashup at the same time. The later battle with the Destroyer is almost as good, but alas, only almost.
I am a little perturbed that Odin’s palace appears to be the largest pipe organ in the nine worlds, but it’s still very pretty.
I’d rate this film about a seven out of ten – it’s a lot of fun, but it’s not a patch on Iron Man. Still, it has me looking forward to The Avengers next year, and that’s the response Marvel wanted.
I just still think Loki should have had more fun…