Thor Movie Poster from Marvel.com
 
The movie is beautiful, visually. I went in IMAX (I had never been before and thought it would be fitting to make my first experience Thor, that said, I found IMAX kind of underwhelming, so I’d say you’re not missing anything seeing it in a regular theater. Or even just in 2D). The 3D wasn’t really necessary, but we all kind of expected that. I will say that it didn’t take anything away from the movie, or make it too dark. It just didn’t contribute anything all that useful outside of the beginning and end titles, which were definitely impressive. And, like I said, Beautiful.
 
Casting was incredible across the board. Chris Hemsworth does not disappoint at ALL as Thor, and Tom Hiddleston makes a perfect Loki. The Frost Giant King Laufey had a perfect gravel-tone, and the way the frost giants in general moved was maybe one of my favorite parts of the visual effects. They really committed with the Frost Giants, and gave us GIANTS, and more than that, they carried themselves with a perfect combination of swagger and weight–not just as if they were simply tall men, but immense men who feel gravity a little bit more than we would. Natalie Portman blushes like I would, if Thor showed up to kiss my hand, and Sif rocked it, underutilized though she may have been. The Warriors Three could not have been more perfectly translated from the pages of the comic to the movie screen, with the same kind of HAM that I loved from them in the comic, Thor: The Mighty Avenger. 
In fact, I think I felt that way about everything. The translation from comic book to movie was exceptional– I don’t think they could have done a better job bringing it to life, from casting to sets to costumes. I could probably nitpick the design of Bifrost, but that’s more from my impressions of the eddas than it is from my comic book reading, and so useless to this review.

 
So okay, the story. My husband found it predictable. I don’t know whether it was just because I was lost in the fact that I was seeing Thor, or if I am just bad at predicting things, but I did not have that problem at all. Thor’s fall from grace was well done, and we definitely had a full character arc in his journey. The parts in Asgard were wonderful, but I think the earthside events were a little bit rushed. They could have tacked on another 15-30 minutes to build Thor’s relationship with humanity, and I would have been perfectly happy to stay in the theater for it, especially in relation to Jane and SHIELD. The emotion was all there though, and watching Chris Hemsworth take us through the range of Thor’s feelings and Thor’s struggles to understand his role, is wonderful right to the end. Thor’s emotional journey is almost bittersweet, and I personally found that to be the perfect tone to strike for him as a hero– but I like my heroes to suffer along the way. 
 
The one thing about Thor that I felt was seriously flawed was the score. It isn’t that it wasn’t beautiful, or fitting in tone and style either– it’s just that there were some points where I felt the score went over the top into Cheese Land, and a scene would have been better punctuated with something more subtle.
 
I think Thor’s character from this film will make a very interesting contrast to Tony Stark’s Iron Man in Avengers, and I look forward to seeing how they attack that ensemble!
Overall, I am rating this film solidly above Iron Man 2, but if I’m being impartial, I don’t think I can honestly say it was better than the original Iron Man. I’ll be going back to see it again in 2D soon, and I’ll let you know if my feelings about anything change!