Thor [Page 2/3]. What makes Thor's transition from the comics to the big screen work the incorporate of the pre-existing science fiction vibe to explain and redefine the regal fantasy elements, which is signified by narrative stating that the magic utilized here is a form of science we do not understand, and tapping into the Shakespearian side of things with their uncharacteristic yet solid choice of actor-filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, a man with experience in Shakespeare adaptations, as director. Branagh was able to lend gravitas and degrees of levity with the depiction of Thor and the dynamic with his family or the Frost Giants and it goes hand-in-hand with the visually beautiful display of Asgard and it's kingdom. It managed to make something that would seem laughable in the wrong hands look extremely good and dignified and that's where the film worked for the most part. By the time we see our hero crash-land on Earth via wormhole, the majestic feeling is gone and we're stuck with a standard fish out of water story/crossed with fluffy romance that sort of works but takes away from the grand spectacle I wanted to see more of. Chris Hemsworth, who was then a unknown in the states and the only other role I recognized him for was Kirk's dad in 2009's Star Trek, made a impressive breakout performance as Thor and nailed the arrogance and hot blooded warrior's fury so well, as does as little understanding of Earthly customs that made for some light hearted laughs and eventual change of heart after a moment of despair coupled with his growing interest with Portman's Jane, which was a part in Thor's character arc I personally didn't buy and felt Portman, with all of her talent, didn't sold me as a scientist with her risky storm chasing tendencies that led to a chance meeting with Thor and giggling school girl astonishment of him in full gear. #thor2011#kennethbranagh#moviereviews#risesreviews#superherofilms#marvelcomics#marvelcinematicuniverse#thor#chrishemsworth#natalieportman#tomhiddleston#anthonyhopkins#idriselba#clarkgregg#renerusso#stellanskarsgard#katdennings#2011movies#2010smovies#marvelstudios#paramountpictures
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Rises Reviews . Movie: Thor [Page 1/3]. After witnessing the Marvel Cinematic Universe dapple into the tech-based science fiction of the Iron Man films as well as it's monstrous aspect with The Incredible Hulk, the franchise has decided to delve completely into the fantastic with their fourth installment Thor, the adaptation of the Marvel Comics series which in turn was based off the Norse mythology. The film stars Chris Hemsworth in his first outing as the titular God of Thunder and the Crown Prince of Asgard who is prepared to assume the throne in a ceremony, which is interrupted by the presence of the Asgardians old enemies known as Frost Giants who are seeking a ancient artifact. Seeing this as an act of war, Thor vows to travel to Jotenheim to retaliate, but the all father and current king Odin (Anthony Hopkins) advises him not to because of their peace treaty, so Thor acts against his father's order and travels to Jotenheim anyway with his brother, trickster god Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and his warrior friends in town to confront him a d reignites their centuries old war. They are eventually transported back to Asgard after almost getting killed due to Thor's impulsive actions and the All father strips him of his powers and banishes him to Earth as a mortal, where he encounters New Mexico scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her colleagues. He seeks to reclaim his hammer Mjolnir which is protected by an enchantment and guarded within a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, but first he must learn humility and prove himself worthy in time to return home and kept the treacherous Loki from claiming the throne. When I first heard that a Thor movie was in the works, my questions were "why?" and "how a comic this kitchy and out-there would translate on film?" To my surprise, Marvel gave the character and his mythology a glorious, better than expected presentation.
Iron Man 2 [Page 3/3]. Jon Favreau does a lot to keep this film breezy and high flying and retains much of the playful character interactions that made the first charming and the cast are on their A game. Don Cheadle made a good replacement as Rhodey following Terrance Howard's monetary dispute that led to his departure and it was both cool seeing him mesh well with Downey's Stark and satisfying seeing him come into his own as War Machine. Scarlett Johansson made a great impression once her Black Widow gets into the action although there was much to her personality or character wise. The world building aspect and seeing which film fits into place is fun but comes as something of a detriment as it turns this movie as a mere Avengers commercial. Despite the issues I listed, Iron Man 2 is actually a amusing movie in my opinion and it has bigger effects and more elaborate environments to work with than the first but even if it's not a superior, stakes-filled follow up and succeeds more on Downey's performance and ability to milk humor and charisma from this flawed character. Rating: 6.9 out of 10. #ironman2#jonfavreau#moviereviews#risesreviews#superherofilms#marvelcomics#marvelcinematicuniverse#ironman#robertdowneyjr#gwynethpaltrow#doncheadle#scarlettjohansson#samrockwell#mickeyrourke#samuelljackson#2010movies#2010smovies#marvelstudios#paramountpictures
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Iron Man 2 [Page 2/3]. The film expands on Stark's world full of riches and advanced technological achievements that continue to leave us in awe and the the effects went into creating these robotic suits and weaponry are even more eye catching and Jon Favreau has stepped up with the brisk pacing on the action sequences. As for the narrative, it juggles many plot threads as Stark attempts to find a cure for his condition and lose of inhibitions and regard for everything which is sort of a step back from the arc he had in the first film and plays up his asshole tendencies even more. It was meant to be a adaptation of the Demon in the Bottle" comic book storyline that saw Stark turn to alcohol, but the film plays it safe and haphazardly shoehorn his alcoholism for a scene where he uses his gear as a party trick and came close to endangering his birthday party guests, leading to Rhodey confiscating his Mark 2 armor and battle him in a comical fight scene set to DJ AM's mixes. It had a opportunity to goes for a deep, tragic story only to the powers to be to diminished that for cheap laughs. Speaking of which, the always amazing Sam Rockwell gets plenty of humorous screentime as Hammer who plays him as a much cockier, reprehensible and buffoonish counterpart of Stark's in a constant game of one upmanship that is kinda amusing only because of Rockwell's natural comedic gift we all know and love him for but, as I already said, diminishes whatever threat he's supposed to bring. Mickey Rourke, hot off of his Oscar nomination with The Wrestler, brings his blend of badass and eccentric as Vanko but the film doesn't elaborate more on him and the pain and anguish the Stark family caused him by screwing his family over years ago. In the end he was just a one note antagonist despite the cool visual appeal like the electric whips.
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Rises Reviews Movie: Iron Man 2 [Page 1/3]. When Marvel branched out into self financing their own films with the whatever properties they had in order to keep up with studio-owned franchise's like X-Men and Spider-Man, they took a huge risk by marking their B-list comic their first release and cast a talented yet uninsurable actor with a history of substance abuse and legal troubles as the film's hero, and it all paid off in a huge way. Iron Man was a major critical and commercial hit upon release and it's mostly due to Jon Favreau's fresh and carefully crafted take on the property and Downey's flawless performance as billionaire superhero Tony Stark that resulted in Iron Man becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe's flagship hero and Downey becoming a top star again. It was safe to say that a sequel was inevitable and it would further expand on Stark's character and obstacles following the end of the first film. Enter Iron Man 2, which picks up six months after Stark revealed to the world that he is Iron Man and has embraced his status as a superhero superstar. However, he is under pressure from the government to hand over his suit of armor and is slowly dying from palladium poisoning from the arc reactor on his chest, so his ego is further inflated and engages in reckless behaviors, much to the dismay of budding girlfriend Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and friend Rhodey (now played by Don Cheadle) Meanwhile, a Russian scientist named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who has a vendetta against Stark and manages to replicate his technology and teams up with Stark corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to further his goals. Iron Man 2 stepped it from the original with bigger set pieces, new threats and new additions such as Scarlett Johansson as undercover agent Natasha Romanov/Black Widow, and this worked in most cases. #ironman2#jonfavreau#moviereviews#risesreviews#superherofilms#marvelcomics#marvelcinematicuniverse#ironman#robertdowneyjr#gwynethpaltrow#doncheadle#scarlettjohansson#samrockwell#mickeyrourke#samuelljackson#2010movies#2010smovies#marvelstudios#paramountpictures