Paramount recently gave certain members of the press and critics an early screening of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Sadly, we didn’t get invited to the party. Apparently members of the press complained about that ONE time we got a popcorn bucket blow job from that hot girl in the front row. Ha, they were just jealous. *Note: like we would be so lucky. We got banned for bringing in some outside JuJuBees They’re real sticklers about the “NO OUTSIDE FOOD” policy.

Here’s a sampling of early reviews, which basically put this myth and magic film in the good, not great comic-to-screen adaptation category. Apparently Chris Hemsworth breaks out in the title role, and the film’s earth-bound sections are its weakest. Something along those lines anyway.

Keep in mind that these are only early reviews of Thor and are no way the thoughts and expressions of the Gods of Asgard or, we’re waiting for May 6th to thunder it’s arrival.

[Warning: Links to quoted sources may or will contain spoilers, so if you don’t want Thor ruined for you before it’s release avoid these links.]

How does Thor stack up to other Marvel Heros?

Why don’t we start off with the only bad review we were somehow able to find, it was like finding a hammer in haystack.

“There are quite a few characters in the mix but my reaction throughout much of Thor was apathetic. It’s not a horrible film but it’s one that doesn’t want to take any chances.” – The Film Pie

Ok, that’s fair but how do the bloggers and other various Internet authorities have to say about the son of Odin and his First forray into the big-budget movie world.

“The Marvel universe moves into the cosmic realm with Thor, a burly slab of bombastic superhero entertainment that skitters just this side of kitschy to provide an introduction befitting the mighty god of thunder. It’s a noisy, universe-rattling spectacle full of sound and fury with a suitably epic design, solid digital effects and a healthy respect for the comic-book lore that turned a mythological Norse god into a founding member of the superhero team known as The Avengers.”- The Hollywood Reporter reviewed from Sydney, Australia:

“While no fatal missteps are taken along Thor’s path to redemption, pic has a slightly choppy feel, as if it’s trying to squeeze an origin tale and at least part of its sequel into a single entity.”- Variety

“There’s action and otherworldly elements to appease the core fans and possibly even win over some skeptics, and enough humor and humanity to engage general audiences.”- Stax, IGN

“There’s a whole lot of the film that I really like, and I can’t wait to take both of my sons to see it.”- Hitflix

Thor is everything you might hope and expect it to be, equal parts good and bad. It is the type of movie I would have loved if I saw it at age 10 — and I’m sure this movie will play awesome to younger audiences. The visual effects are well done, and Asgard is a beauty. And one thing is for sure, Chris Hemsworth does a great job as Thor — it is a tough role to play, and a tough line to balance between arrogance, honor and comedy. I can’t wait to see Hemsworth go toe-to-toe with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in The Avengers. – Slashfilm

With all this (almost) positive buzz could this be the start of the Summer of the super hero once again? Thor may not be the Iron Man of 2008 or even the Spider-Man of 2002, it’s a film all it’s own that stands out from the rest. The first of Marvel’s hero to introduce mythology into it’s live action counterpart, it may be a safe to consider Thor as a  top-grossing film of the summer (knock on Mjolnir).

Thor starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins will be released in theaters everywhere May 6th, 2011.

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