I waited till today to see Thor because I wanted to see it in 2D, and I saw it at all because I had a “free movie” voucher. And I’m kind of treating all of these Marvel movies as the prologue for Joss Whedon’s Avengers.
Basic synopsis: fratboy god gets kicked down to earth where he learns a bit of empathy so he can maybe be king of the gods some day.
I’d expected to hate all the Asgard stuff, but it wasn’t bad. The actors were all fine in their roles. Idris Elba as Heimdall had more to do than I expected, which was nice. The story was exactly what you’d expect. It hit every point pretty much exactly on cue. Which is good when they spent umpty million dollars on it I guess.
It’s weird seeing a movie so predictable, especially while I’m in the middle of reading a book that is making me all tingly in its awesomeness (and part of that rests on it not being what you think it’s setting itself up to be). But it’s not just superhero movies. A few weeks ago I saw a movie about a woman who got out of prison and was trying to reconnect with her daughter. It too was completely predictable. I guess a story that’s exactly what you expect leaves you free to dwell more on the performances or the dialogue or whatever, so that’s something.
Anyway, Thor was a fine explosiony action movie with some incredibly chiseled pecs. I wouldn’t see it in 3D.
I saw Get Low on the recommendation of my film prof friend, after complaining to him that the only movies I’d seen in the theatre in 2010 had been big action movies. Get Low is not an action movie. It is a movie about a horrible old hermit in the ’30s throwing a funeral for himself and about forgiveness. Bill Murray is in it, but Robert Duvall’s portrayal of Felix Bush is the real draw here. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lucas Black’s performance, which felt a little too on the nose as the “good guy” of the story.
Story-wise it was okay but not great. Supposedly it’s based on a sort of true story, which makes the clichedness a little less grating. But as an acting-delivery vector it’s pretty good. What these actors wring out of the story is probably worth your time.