Kenneth Brannagh‘s Thor is almost a month away – it opens May 6 - and that means we’re going to be hit with the deluge of more and more clips, TV spots and publicity in the build up, starting now. Chris Hemsworth stars as the titular character, along with Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Kat Dennings. The first clip from the film has been made available. Check it out.
This is an expansion of footage that’s already been on line, in that we’ve seen Thor on the ground before. Now that it’s in context, that this film looks to be dicey is no longer up for question. With the dutch angles, and the tasering, this clip either feels out of context or – perhaps – what we should be expecting from this project.
Then again, this doesn’t have any special effects in it, and with the time crunch that comes with big special effects movies perhaps they wanted something that was completely done. And this has been the way for a while now, many effects shots in bug budget movies are worked on right up until prints have to be delivered to theaters.
Arguably a single clip is not enough to get the feel of a movie of this scale, and it seems silly to judge a film like this on a one minute dialogue-heavy sequence. But if this is the tone of the comedy throughout, and this is their first foot forward…
The main question is Kenneth Branagh. His first film – 1989′s Henry V - suggested a world-beating talent. Subsequent efforts (like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein among others) proved that he wasn’t. This could be his triumphant return to big budget film making if it works. If it works.
Are you sold on Thor?