Let’s not waste any time!  If you are reading this review, you probably plan to see the latest comic book movie, “Thor”.  Fine, go see it.  However, when you are looking up where to go see it and what time, be sure to avoid the screens that list the movie as being presented in 3D.  It is a waste of money!  You would be better off using that extra money that goes to paying the admission to seeing a 3D movie versus seeing a 2D one, to wiping  your tushy in the movie theater bathroom in case they run out of toilet paper.

“Thor” is the first movie from Marvel Studios to be presented in 3D; however, it is important to note it was not filmed in 3D.  “Thor” is another case of a 2D shot movie being converted into a 3D one.  3D can be a great tool to enhance the experience of seeing a movie in the theater.  When a movie is planned and shot in 3D, the results can be quite spectacular.  Many family movies, like “Tangled”, make great use of 3D effects.  The horror movie, “The Final Destination” was so popular with its use of 3D effects, that a FIFTH movie in the franchise is coming out later this summer.  When you see a movie like “Thor” in 3D and witness how poor the effects are, you can only conclude that the ONLY reason the movie was converted from its original format was to make more money for the studio.  It’s important to remember that movies are a business, so you can not completely blame a movie studio for trying to squeeze every nickel out of the movie going public’s pocket, even if they are giving them an inferior product.  The best way to fight against this and send a strong message to the studios is to not pay the extra admission fee to see their poorly converted 3D movie.  When they see that they are not getting a strong return on their 3D product, they will either stop the process of converting their 2D movies to 3D or they will shoot their films in 3D during production to give a worthwhile product to their audiences.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleson) are the sons of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard.  Both are looking to succeed their father to the throne one day.  Thor is the obvious choice, but his arrogance, short temper and warmongering gets him into so much trouble, the Odin strips Thor of his powers and banishes him to Earth.  There Thor meets Jane Foster, who is investigating strange phenomenons in New Mexico and believes that Thor is the key to learning more about what she is investigating.

Odin also sends Thor’s hammer, the source of Thor’s powers, to Earth.  Anyone who stuck around and watched the end credits to “Iron Man 2” knows that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) of S.H.I.E.L.D. finds the hammer which is stuck in a rock waiting to be pulled out like Excalibur. 

With his brother Thor gone, Loki plots to take over Asgard.  He even sends The Destroyer, an indestructible robot to Earth to make sure Thor never returns.  Will anyone be able to stop Loki and his evil plans?

Overall “Thor” is okay.  The pacing is okay, the action sequences are okay, and the music is okay.  The movie had an advanced screening at the Regal Royal Palm 18 in West Palm Beach where some fans were wearing Thor helmets.  The overall reaction from that audience also expressed that the movie was “just okay.”  Out of all the Marvel movies that are leading up to next year’s “The Avengers”, this movie is the weakest entry. 

The above mentioned pacing is the true villain in this movie.  The movie lacks a fine rhythm and a comic book movie needs that.  “Thor” is a much more challenging movie to make then a movie like “Captain America” because it is more based in fantasy than reality.  Thor’s subject matter deals with “gods” and “realms” and alien creatures you don’t normally see in superhero movies.  So it is understandable why the movie does not fire on all cylinders.

The movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh, so it is not surprising that one of the most positive things about “Thor” is the acting.  When you have a character who is dubbed “The God of Thunder”, the movie can easily become quite cheesy and the performances are equally so.  Thanks to Branagh, you do believe in this fantastic world that Thor comes from and you accept his adventures on Earth.  The screenplay probably could have used one more polish before the cameras rolled.  “Thor” never really draws you in the way you’d like a comic book movie to do.

If “Thor” wasn’t a key piece to “The Avengers” it could be worth missing; however, since he is a key figure you may want to check out the movie.  The movie has SOME entertainment value, at least enough so you don’t want to walk out on it.  Like most of the other Marvel movies, it is worth sitting through the end credits.  It is rated PG-13 for fantasy-like violence and scary images.