Thor’s world premier took place in Sydney, Australia this past weekend. However, the film hits theaters everywhere in two more weeks. In their efforts to tease the general audience a bit, Marvel let the “god of thunder” show what he can really do on the big screen and apparently he’s a hit.
While many people, including myself, thought Thor was going to be the biggest superhero flop of the summer, reviews are stating other wise. Having early screenings was smart on Marvel’s part actually, and having it two weeks in advance of its opening weekend may set the film up for box office success. One of the reasons many people thought Thor wasn’t going to do well is because of the lack of knowledge about the character. Sure fans know all about him, but what about the kids/teens? What about the average movie goer who may not be attracted to the out-of-this-world story line? Many reviews state that the weakest part of the film are the scenes on Earth, but the rest of the film seems to be great.
While there’s only been eight reviews released on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics meter is currently at 88%. Of course that can change, but it’s still impressive. Looks as if Thor smacked us all in the face with his hammer. Check out tidbits from reviews already released.
Total Film: 3 out of 5 stars
The most problematic hurdle in The Avengers’ path is cleared with ease and some style by a film that makes a virtue of its inherent silliness. You’re up, Captain America.
Empire Magazine: 4 out of 5 stars
Turn off the snark-o-meter, and this is a return to form for Marvel, introducing a new hero we’ll be happy to see again in, oh, about a year or so.
Movie Hole: “Two Hammers Up!”
You comic book movie fans won’t find any new surprises here but you’ll still enjoy the heck out of it – this is a fast-moving, action -packed and rather – no scratch that! Really – dazzling movie that, I think, does a great job of pushing us even closer to that ‘’Avengers ‘’movie. Two hammers up!
IGN Movies: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Thor may not be a game-changer for comic book movies, but it’s a solidly entertaining one most noteworthy for taking what could have been utterly campy material and making it dramatic and relatable.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor slams into theaters everywhere May 5, 2011.