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The Pursuitist has posted the trailer for Kenneth Branagh‘s Thor that was shown a few days ago at Comic-Con. Branagh + Thor = whore. You can’t tell me that an esteemed middle-aged British actor-director who knows from William Shakespeare did this film for any other reason than a large stinking paycheck, or that he didn’t retire to his hotel room every night during shooting and throw up.

Look at Chris Hemsworth — the brawn, the blonde hair, the Nolte-Schwarzenegger facial structure, the non-Barrymore-esque profile. He’s friendly and amiable and smiling in interviews (naturally), but he’s another Australian workout ape from Gold’s Gym. And poor Natalie Portman, pretending to be flirtatious and turned on by the whole comic-book superhero perversion. (“It might be tedious but I’ve been well paid!”) And Anthony Hopkins, the absolute whore of whores playing another bearded father of another powerful but tortured legend in the wake of Beowulf and The Wolfman.

And finally, look at the trailer. Listen to the soundtrack when Thor/Hemsworth arches his back and hows at the unfairness of things by going “Aaahrrrrgh!” Hell is not other people — hell is movies like this with the same old ingredients, time and time again. This is why I fantasized about strafing the Comic-Con faithful, because they support films like this and clamor for more.

Paramount will release Thor in 3D on 5.11.11.

  • Josh Massey

    “Here at Marvel, we’ve had an absurdly good run at the box office lately. How can we screw that up?”

    “How about a massively budgeted version of Thor?”

    “PERFECT!”

  • Sean

    Let’s talk about “any other reason than a large stinking paycheck.” Here’s the Branagh filmography:

    Henry V

    Dead Again

    Swan Song

    Peter’s Friends

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Frankenstein

    A Midwinter’s Tale

    Hamlet

    Love’s Labour’s Lost

    Listening

    As You Like It

    The Magic Flute

    Sleuth

    Now, I don’t know his finances; sure, he might need the money, might not have had any other offers recently, and some stuffed suit at Marvel said, “Hey waitsaminit, Thor used to say ‘forsooth’ and stuff, let’s get a Shakespeare guy to do it!” to which KB replied “$$$!” and Marvel replied “$$$!” and everyone was happy. Sure.

    But maybe Branagh wants to establish himself as a helmer of big-budget movies. Thor’s dad kicks him out of heaven for starting an ill-considered war; mightn’t this flatter any armchair liberal? Maybe, like a lot of kids, he grew up with Bulfinch’s Mythology and sees this as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in that playground, even if it’s through the scrim of Stan Lee. Maybe he even read comics as a kid!

    Let’s have an accounting — do franchises ruin directors, or do directors ennoble franchises? Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, Philip Noyce, Irvin Kirshner, John McClane, Sam Raimi, Jim Cameron, Chris Nolan — they’ve all made franchise movies that they brought A-game heart and soul to, and when their movies were imperfect was it because of franchise depredations? Often. But can we refrain from looking at a quality director who chooses to participate in the biggest game in town, the stuff that finances not only their passion projects but all of Hollywood’s passion projects, the stuff that’s going to reach millions of eyes and ought to be as good as it can be, can we not call that guy a vomitous sellout?

  • Sean

    (That said, seriously Anthony — if you’d go enjoy your retirement, we would too.)

  • bluetide

    When I heard Branaugh was doing Thor, I was a little bit intrigued – i was thinking more Lord of the Rings epic and less Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. This trailer looks like shit.

  • musealien1

    Why do you always use the phrase “who knows from…” — it’s not English. It doesn’t make any grammatical sense.

    Wells to musealien1: Yes, it does. It’s s kind of neighborhood Yiddishism, I think. It’s from the same book that has “so don’t give me with the scruples.” Not “grammatical” but very direct and flavorful.

  • Eloi Wrath

    I was ready to write off Thor based on those absurd plastic Halloween costumes, but this actually looks semi-entertaining.

  • Eloi Wrath

    That said, I imagine the entertaining parts of this trailer – all the sub-Shakespearean nonsense in space – will probably comprise all of 10 minutes of the final product, and the rest will be a zany fish-out-of-water comedy like Kate & Leopold.

  • MickTravisMcGee

    Hey, I *like* Kate & Leopold!

  • Rich S.

    I’m beginning to hope that every movie from now on is based on a super hero comic. The critical rending of garments and gnashing of teeth is a sight to behold. (And what are the odds that Jeffrey goes out of his way to attend Comic Con next year? Even money?)

  • coxcable

    Thor looks awesome. And by “awesome” I mean it will be loud and fast and forgettable. Like 99% of awesome.

    Anyway… that comic-con photo of all the “Avengers” cast on stage together was hilarious. Ten or so of the generation’s finest actors ACTING like they’re not embarrassed to be acting in comic book movies.

    And by “hilarious,” I mean depressing.

  • Sean

    coxcable, Mark Ruffalo’s EW interview, presented without comment:

    EW: You had never been to Comic-Con before?

    RUFFALO: No, I had nto. I was very, very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. That’s as close as you are going to get to being a rock star as an actor.

    EW: Did you have any trepidation about the [Hulk] role, given the very public way Marvel split with Edward Norton?

    RUFFALO: I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as this generation’s Hamlet.

  • Circumvrent

    (And what are the odds that Jeffrey goes out of his way to attend Comic Con next year? Even money?)

    If this year is any indication, he’ll certainly try.

    Maybe I’m an easy lay, but I thought that looked pretty good. When was the last time anybody saw a physical set that large in a movie? I’m in right there.

  • Circumvrent

    Anyway… that comic-con photo of all the “Avengers” cast on stage together was hilarious. Ten or so of the generation’s finest actors ACTING like they’re not embarrassed to be acting in comic book movies.

    Robert Downey Jr. should be waking up every morning and kissing Kevin Fiege’s feet for the blessing that comic book movies have brought into his life.

    You would expect that Depp and Downey are doing these movies so they can go off and do some personal projects – the one for them, one for me system – but these guys just keep lining up for comic book movie after comic book movie. I think that “embarrassment” that Jeff and others are reading into these photos exist solely in their heads..

  • CitizenKanedForPostingThoughts

    New HE drinking game: take a big sip everytime Wells mentions a variation on the word “whore” in reference to a comic-book movie (and if it’s specifically in reference to a Marvel property, go ahead and chug down the rest of your current drink).

    To the actual matter at hand, am I the only one who doesn’t find Branagh to be an entirely awful choice to helm this thing? Not saying it’s gonna be great, hell, I’m not even saying it’s going to be good. But looking over his filmography, I can see why they’d at least give him a shot at Thor. I mean, the closest he’s ever come to this kind of material is Frankenstein, which I honestly found kind of interesting (was I the only one?).

    And I’m with Eloi on this trailer — I definitely think it looks entertaining. Kind of has a visually-overblown, yet slummy-dialogue, Strider meets Chronicles of Riddick sorta vibe that I’m really digging. Even if it’s truly awful it’s still going to be imminently watchable — perhaps even moreso.

  • YND

    Yeah, musealien1, don’t question Jeff’s “Yiddishism”s! The man knows what a dreidel is (now)!

  • Rich S.

    Or, put another way,

    “You can’t tell me that an esteemed middle-aged movie blogger-nomad-poet who knows from Cannes posts constant rants about comic book movies for any other reason than a large stinking number of page hits.”

    I’ll leave others to complete: Jeffrey Wells + ComicCon outrage = ?

  • http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com Scott Mendelson

    This movie probably cost $200 million. This thing is five minutes of seemingly finished footage, much of it from major sequences. The cast they’ve lined up is pretty impressive. And yet, the best thing I can say about the footage above is that Kat Dennings looks even hotter with nerd glasses. And Eloi is probably right – this movie will likely play out like the 1990 Captain America movie: 10% Cap in costume kicking ass against the Red Skull, 90% plain clothes Steve Rogers running around the city trying to solve his own issues.

  • SelfParody

    Shakespearian chops will give you the power to make (a) grand sense of almost anything. Even comic book crap can be animated by a well-trained classical actor or director. Too many examples to mention.

    …I will anyway; imagine Stallone (or pretty much any purely contemporary actor) as Magneto?

    …I’m not sayin’ that Thor’s any good… but it’s got a leg up with KB.

  • coxcable

    Did you guys see Iron Man 2?

    It wasn’t a movie. It was a two hour commercial for four or five other movies. That’s what it felt like. And that was the point of it.

    These actors are allowing themselves to be degraded for money here. The whore analogy is nasty but not completely out of line.

    Comic Con isn’t a film festival. It’s 100% a marketing event.

    And Sean…. Ruffalo’s Hamlet comment… you know that was a joke, right?

  • Floyd Thursby

    In 1600 Shakespeare was considered popular entertainment.

    “Hey, Edgar, let us go over to the Globe to see Will’s latest. Always good for a larf.”

  • CitizenKanedForPostingThoughts

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Downey — he gave a couple of vintage performances in Zodiac and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and provided excellent voicework (as well as an “animated” performance, I guess) in A Scanner Darkly. I think he’s still got a taste for edgy material.

    I’m a little more concerned about Depp. Dating back to 2005, SEVEN of his last nine projects have been either PotC or Tim Burton films (and it looks like one of each is still on the not-too-distant horizon). Yeesh.

  • http://moviebob.blogspot.com THE MovieBob

    Yes, Jeff, Brannagh makes Shakespeare movies – which was indicative of Ivy League pretense… what, forty years ago?

    Look at they WAY he made Shakespeare: Big, broad, hyper-literal, REVELING in the unreality of the prose and the bombastic archness of the characters. For fuck’s sake, he has Hamlet throwing a rapier across a room like a spear to skewer the bad guy! Hell, look how far over the top he went for Frankenstein…

    Look, this stuff isn’t your “thing” and you’re neither the “era” or temperment of it’s target audience; but C’MON, man, you’re prematurely (and needlessly) “olding” yourself with this schtick. The whole “genre fiction doesn’t count” kick has been dead for almost half a century now ;)

  • Circumvrent

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Downey — he gave a couple of vintage performances in Zodiac and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and provided excellent voicework (as well as an “animated” performance, I guess) in A Scanner Darkly. I think he’s still got a taste for edgy material.

    The latest of those movies is Zodiac, and it came out in January of ’07, and 3 years is a long time. I know that he did The Soloist in between the two Iron Mans, but that seems to be as a much as a shameless grab for an award as IM was for money. And now he’s doing another (!) Sherlock Holmes movie as well as that Sam Raimi Wizard of Oz thing. He may not be Depp-level whore just yet, but he seems to be on his way.

  • GKLondon

    Some comic book movies are good, some are bad, same as everything.

    Hopefully not EVERY shot in the final movie is dutched, but we’ll see.

  • Aladdin Sane

    I was expecting it to be the cheese on top of the cheese by the way Wells was describing it.

    I have never been a huge Marvel buff, so I usually go into these things knowing next to nothing of the mythology…this looks um, fun? No…okay, but it does look interesting at the very least.

  • DavidF

    I’m not going to do Jeff’s research for him but I swear I ‘ve read interviews where Branagh talks about how much he loved the Thor comics as a kid.

    I know that, if that’s the case, it won’t be enough to pop Jeff’s anti-comics bubble, but maybe the facts should be considered before calling the guy a whore. It hardly seems shocking a Shakespeare nerd would, as a kid, have liked a comic-spin on Norse mythology.

    But I think what’s most fascinating here is the underlying premise that BECAUSE comic movies are stupid, talented people shouldn’t work on them. Beyond the paycheque, it’s utterly inconceivable to Wells why RDJ or Chris Nolan or Branagh, or Burton or Ruffalo etc etc might want to do these movies. Nor does he consider the possibility that their presence elevates the whole enterprise (see Iron Man).

    Personally, I could care less about Thor and this could still suck but that trailer looks better than I expected, dutch angles (as often seen in comic frames) and all.

  • DiscoNap

    Chris Hemsworth is good people, he became a star the right way, by impressing people in a small role. He really is good at the beginning of Star Trek. This looks like cheese, which is kind of guaranteed based on the source material. Also Titus Pullo and Stringer Bell as Vikings, yes please.

  • Ponderer

    First of all, Hemsworth isn’t a “workout ape.” He bulked up for this role specifically. He’s clearly of very normal proportions when he played Kirk’s dad in Star Trek. (Quite movingly, I might add.)

    And yes, Branagh has long since stated how much he loved Thor, being drawn to the comic when he lived in Belfast as a kid. He said, specifically, that he loved the dynastic drama, which made it different from most other comic books.

  • DeeZee

    When you think about it, isn’t this basically a reboot of Masters of the Univererse and/or Hercules in NY?

    Scott: Makes you wonder how the new Cap movie will play out.

    Floyd: Yeah, I’ve said it once in the past, but if he were alive today, he’d be writing sitcoms.

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  • nemo

    “You can’t tell me that [Branagh] didn’t retire to his hotel room every night during shooting and throw up.”

    Oh, he probably retired to his hotel room every night with a nice bottle of single malt Scotch. After consuming that he threw up.

  • cdvilla

    I like that Marvel is building up to something bigger regardless if it works or not. I always thought that if DC did things right, we’d get a kick ass “World’s Finest” film. What’s really telling is that the video game trailers for DC Online and Star Wars Online are about 1000x better than the movies each franchise has produced in the last 15 years. What does that say?

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  • Savage Brit

    Had this been made in the eighties or nineties, THOR would have been played by Schwarzengger, but I think the casting of Chris Hemsworth will make this work. They haven’t tried to make a bodybuilder into an actor, but have an actor who’s gotten himself into credible shape for the part. His accent sounds intriguing as well. Hemsworth made a strong impression during his brief screen time in STAR TREK and, unlike other superhero epics, this one could truly be a star vehicle that will compensate for the inevitable Marvel fatigue by the time this comes out.

  • Sean

    What’s really telling is that the video game trailers for DC Online and Star Wars Online are about 1000x better than the movies each franchise has produced in the last 15 years. What does that say?

    That the games can make their money back by pandering to the hardcore nerd audiences that’s willing to shell out big (recurrent monthly) bling who are already conversant with their mythologies and are happy to get a well-made romp, while movies always have to be marketed to all quadrants and so we will never get away from origin stories.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Also Titus Pullo and Stringer Bell as Vikings, yes please.”

    Have you seen Stringer’s laughable rap video? He puts on a Jamaican accent, despite being English with Ghanaian roots.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5QDM7TH6I

  • Wrecktem

    So Natalie Portman plays the Arnold Stang role. Very, very interesting.

  • DiscoNap

    Eloi why’d you do that to me

  • Deathtongue_Groupie

    Well, if others are “whores” for making and appearing in these comic book films, what exactly does that make Jeff Wells for making post after post after post about them? Between this and the tabloid ones, seems someone sure is pandering to drive page-views, especially if we view matters through the Supremely Judgmental Wellsian Worldview glasses.

    Welcome to the brothel, be sure to put a towel over the bed and always get the money upfront, dear.

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  • Los Bostonian

    Ok I think Wells might be missing the point and an understanding of Branagh. I am not sure how familiar Jeff is with Shakespeare, but the majority of his plays(Histories & Tragedies at least) deal with epic struggles and heightened situations with princes, kings and generals. Branagh is obsessed with Hamlet and Henry, who are both rogueish Princes(finally King in Hal’s case) trying to understand what it means to lead with massive daddy issues. Thor is basically the Prince of the Gods with massive daddy issues. Maybe Branagh wants to take a break and make a fun, cool movie with similar epic themes. Its not like he can’t go and star/direct Macbeth at the Old Vic in 3 months if he really wants to.

    I just don’t understand the hate for these actors taking roles in these Marvel movies, they are trying to be part of a cool mythology. Thor specifically pays homage to classic mythology and isn’t exactly some dumb schlocky Stallone action movie from the mid-90s. Actors want to play make believe, this is what they do professionally. I can imagine it would be a cool moment to get to play Odin in an enormous set.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/AGODNamedPABLO Los Bostonian

    Ok I think Wells might be missing the point and an understanding of Branagh. I am not sure how familiar Jeff is with Shakespeare, but the majority of his plays(Histories & Tragedies at least) deal with epic struggles and heightened situations with princes, kings and generals. Branagh is obsessed with Hamlet and Henry, who are both rogueish Princes(finally King in Hal’s case) trying to understand what it means to lead with massive daddy issues. Thor is basically the Prince of the Gods with massive daddy issues. Maybe Branagh wants to take a break and make a fun, cool movie with similar epic themes. Its not like he can’t go and star/direct Macbeth at the Old Vic in 3 months if he really wants to.

    I just don’t understand the hate for these actors taking roles in these Marvel movies, they are trying to be part of a cool mythology. Thor specifically pays homage to classic mythology and isn’t exactly some dumb schlocky Stallone action movie from the mid-90s. Actors want to play make believe, this is what they do professionally. I can imagine it would be a cool moment to get to play Odin in an enormous set.

  • crazynine

    Circumvrent touched on a great point up above… can anyone who doesn’t live in Zelter’s fucked-up universe argue that both Downey and Depp were *made* by comic-book movies (okay, PotC wasn’t a comic book movie, but it’s close enough for golf).

    Depp was a surprisingly good actor, had many great roles, but it wasn’t until PotC that he became Johnny Fucking Depp.

    Meanwhile, Iron Man may have actually saved RDJ’s life. Without a well-liked hit of that caliber, isn’t he back to figuring out new ways to do drugs?

    Hell, even The Dark Knight did wonders for Heath Ledger’s career ;-).

    Comic book movies may be evil, but they save careers.

  • crazynine

    Meant “weren’t made” by comic book movies.

  • Sean

    coxcable, you know, I don’t know whether to say Ruffalo is joking or not. Who is our generation’s Hamlet?

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  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    Oh, this THOR shit looks dumb and beneath everybody!

    Hey, howzabout that sharp, intellectual, in-no-way-formula SALT? Now THAT’S a real movie for thinking people!

    Jeff, you really pick and choose the random shit your rail against.

  • Jonathan Spuij

    Hemsworth played Kirk’s daddy so no bad rap about him. How dare you?

    Ok, just kidding. The movie looks mightily unappealing with another embarassing role from Hopkins wearing a silly helment.

  • Terry McCarty

    Circumvrent wrote:

    You would expect that Depp and Downey are doing these movies so they can go off and do some personal projects – the one for them, one for me system – but these guys just keep lining up for comic book movie after comic book movie.

    You’re forgetting to mention Downey appearing in Todd Phillips’ homage to PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (DUE DATE).

  • Josh Massey

    Wow, I actually just watched the trailer – and typically, I can see something that could pull me into a Hollywood blockbuster. Hell, I eventually saw Transformers 2 on DVD. But there’s NOTHING about Thor that will even get it in my Netflix queue. That looks absolutely damn wretched on every level.

    And am I crazy here? Did anybody else think Hemsworth was GODAWFUL in Star Trek? I actually stayed for the credits just to see if his last name was Abrams, because I couldn’t believe he’d gotten the role out of anything but nepotism.

  • Jeffmc2000

    This is a movie about Marvel Comic’s Thor. People have enjoyed Marvel’s Thor for almost 50 years. There are a lot of comic book characters out there, but the ones who’ve managed to stay in print with new adventures decade after decade obviously have something intrinsic in them that people find appealing.

    I really don’t understand what’s so hard to get about this. Studios make these movies because people like them, and there aren’t many things out there that are as equally relevant to today’s kids as they were to their parents, or even grandparents, when they were the same age. Marvel and DC superheroes are just about it. That’s kind of a special thing, really.

  • MilkMan

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  • Eloi Wrath

    “And am I crazy here? Did anybody else think Hemsworth was GODAWFUL in Star Trek? I actually stayed for the credits just to see if his last name was Abrams, because I couldn’t believe he’d gotten the role out of anything but nepotism.”

    I think it’s just you. I was very impressed with Hemsworth in that small amount of screen time. Abrams, Giacchino and Hemsworth somehow managed to make a minor character’s death in the first five minutes of the movie seem like a pretty sad moment. Even with a ludicrous alien with massive eyes delivering baby Captain Kirk.

  • HarryMoseby

    The mistaken implication here is that Branagh is somehow lowering himself to the level of Thor, but after what he did to Frankenstein, he’s lucky they gave him the job. The script was by Frank Darabont, and it kicked ass (I thought, reading it, it might end up the best version of the story ever), but combined with Jon Peters’ meddling, Branagh turned out a piece of unwatchable crap. Harsh, you think? Read the script some time, and you’ll see how his ego ran roughshod over the film, and rendered it an embarrassment. If he threw up, it was out of concern that they might have found out about him at the last minute and yanked him off the film.

  • HarryMoseby

    PS: Don’t get me wrong, that trailer looks fucking ridiculous. But drop several million from the budget and it’d be right at home on Syfy Channel, where it belongs, with Kenneth B. at the helm.

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  • Lavlas

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Downey — he gave a couple of vintage performances in Zodiac and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and provided excellent voicework (as well as an “animated” performance, I guess) in A Scanner Darkly. I think he’s still got a taste for edgy material.

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  • Jack

    Had this been made in the eighties or nineties, THOR would have been played by Schwarzengger, but I think the casting of Chris Hemsworth will make this work. They haven’t tried to make a bodybuilder into an actor, but have an actor who’s gotten himself into credible shape for the part. His accent sounds intriguing as well. Hemsworth made a strong impression during his brief screen time in STAR TREK and, unlike other superhero epics, this one could truly be a star vehicle that will compensate for the inevitable Marvel fatigue by the time this comes out.

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    Let’s talk about “any other reason than a large stinking paycheck.” Here’s the Branagh filmography:

    Henry V

    Dead Again

    Swan Song

    Peter’s Friends

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Frankenstein

    A Midwinter’s Tale

    Hamlet

    Love’s Labour’s Lost

    Listening

    As You Like It

    The Magic Flute

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    Now, I don’t know his finances; sure, he might need the money, might not have had any other offers recently, and some stuffed suit at Marvel said, “Hey waitsaminit, Thor used to say ‘forsooth’ and stuff, let’s get a Shakespeare guy to do it!” to which KB replied “$$$!” and Marvel replied “$$$!” and everyone was happy. Sure.

    But maybe Branagh wants to establish himself as a helmer of big-budget movies. Thor’s dad kicks him out of heaven for starting an ill-considered war; mightn’t this flatter any armchair liberal? Maybe, like a lot of kids, he grew up with Bulfinch’s Mythology and sees this as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in that playground, even if it’s through the scrim of Stan Lee. Maybe he even read comics as a kid!

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