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This Isn't Mischief, This Is Mayhem

By TK Burton | Industry | July 14, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | July 14, 2010 |

Not much to say here. It’s the second picture of Chris Helmsworth as Thor, plus first looks at Anthony Hopkins as his father Odin, and Tom Hiddleston as his evil half-brother Loki (also the main villain in the film). It’s a little too… I dunno… clean. A little too shiny and new. Frankly, it’s a little goofy. That said, it’s a production still, not necessarily footage from the film. A lot of people have been quick to bash the look of Thor, and I suppose that’s fair. It hasn’t exactly overwhelmed me, either.

That said, it seems to me that every time a comic book movie comes out, people initially bitch about the appearances of the characters. Hugh Jackman was too tall, Superman’s costume didn’t look right, and so on and so forth. It’s a little early to get too harshly critical, but then again, what are internet movie sites for if not for undue bitching about things, right? So by all means, bitch away, with the caveat that things usually look much better in action, on the screen, than they do in production skills and promo art.

Honestly, I’m just hoping that they achieve the right feel. Loki should be a wonderful combination of mischief and jealousy, with some genuine evil thrown in. Odin should have gravitas and power in every thing he does. Thor… should swing a big fucking hammer and smash shit.

On a related note, apparently Marvel has made the decision to go 3D with Captain America and Thor, which I actually am kind of pissed about. I don’t have a problem with 3D as a general rule, but I have a major problem with post-production 3D. More often than not, it looks like shit and it’s a tacked-on idea that exists solely to make more money, and doesn’t really benefit the viewer. For the most part, as soon as I learn a movie’s 3D rendering was done in post, I find the non-3D theater. So… bad form, Marvel. I’m disappointed in you.

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