This is my first review on this site and i am a big MCU fan so i maybe have some bias for this review, however i believe the first thor movie isnt one the greatest in the MCU, but this edit was hands down such an awesome experience bringing a new angle to this film, with the restructuring of the film it makes it into a really refreshing time, the editing felt seemless almost as if the movie was made to be like this. my only complaint i would have to say is maybe the flashback squence can be cut down a bit, and maybe integrate the present time with it more, instead of a long flash back, but the flashback was still enjoyable! Highly reccomend checking this fan edit out if you enjoy the MCU and want to look at this through a different aspect.
Such an improvement on the original Thor, and a rarely visited era of films for MCU edits. It's such an obvious twist of the plot that it seems incredible not to have been the theatrical cut.
I do think that, compared to the somewhat on-the-nose plotting of the original, any editorial reformat would look good by comparison. I would be interested to show this to someone as their first viewing of Thor 2011 and see what their reaction/comprehension might be.
In any case, Malthus has executed this simple yet effective concept wonderfully. I look forward to seeing an HD version.
From a technical standpoint, THOR ODINSON? looks and sounds great, but more impressively to me, the changes to the narrative flow work wonders in making the rather straight-forward original film (which I liked but didn't love) into something far more engaging. Putting the audience in the dark as much as the POV characters of Jane and crew adds a sense of immediacy that the original film lacked, and not bombarding the audience with the fantastical quite so early does a great job of reattaching the film to the greater MCU from the get-go, making it feel more like a naturaly outgrowth from the previous MCU films. A few constructive suggestions, should further revisions be made down the line.
1) I'd recommend a musical sting or mysterious beat to the brief shot of Heimdall spying on Earth prior to Asgard's first appearance, to give it a bit more heft.
2) The brief cutaway to Jane reading, used to help cover the transition to the Thor/Selvig reinstated drinking scene, is a bit too brief, to the point it almost feels like a miscut. Unless there is other footage to pad it out a tad, I'm not sure if there's a readily available solution.
3) The abrupt appearance of Lady Sif and the Warriors Three is a great way to bring the fantastical into the otherwise mundane tale we've seen so far -- very smart choice on your part-- but given it's newfound import, I'd suggest including a few more bits of the town's reaction to them (without spoiling actually seeing them) prior to their appearance at the window (the SHIELD agents, the child gawking, etc). A musical sting of some sort when we see them at the window would also help to make it seem like the big reveal it is now.
4)The first transition into the Asgard scenes cold use a bit more massaging, just to seem a bit more of a natural segue in the story. Maybe an dreamlike overlay of moments/shots of Odin with lines from the rest of the film overlapped in a storm-like cacaphony, with an emphasis on lines using "Odin" or "father" as the memories begin to resonate in Thor's mind?
My thanks to Malthus for all his hard work and for sharing it with us.
I really loved the new narrative - the flip really suits the film and makes a lot of sense. I don't think anyone will actually doubt that Thor is who he says he is, especially since we see his image in the vortex and because, well, at this point we are familiar with the MCU.
Speaking of narrative, I deducted a point because I think the flashback is misplaced and that its current position hurts the narrative (and the enjoyment from the edit). I discussed my issues with Malthus (check the Forum Discussion for further details).
As I wrote elsewhere, there is a weird editing glitch at the 42:51 mark - both audio and video. I decided not to lower the rating because a full point seemed like too much, because the editing is really good otherwise, and because Malthus said that it'll be fixed.
All in all, a very interesting take on one of the weakest films of the MCU (imho), which definitely upgrades it - but still needs a tiny bit of fine-tuning to become my definitive go-to version.
The best Thor movie, period.
Pluses: The narrative shift works so well that I can't help but think there must've been some earlier draft of the script where this was intended as the real start. It lends a different nuance and context to all the scenes that come after, so that half the movie plays a bit differently, and better for it! For the most part, the edits were fantastic and seamless unless I nitpick about style.
Minuses: I will say that I tried to view the film as if I had never even seen a trailer for it... even still, I had little doubt that "Thor"/Donald was supernaturally heroic from the start. I just don't think it's possible to frame this as if there's much doubt about him for an audience. The restructuring is better anyway though, so really this is just a quibble over the title more than anything. I only mention it because it's listed as a central goal in the description. The other central goal is to add more depth to Thor and Loki, so I feel I should bring up two really important deleted scenes on the Deluxe DVD or BD that are not here. There is a deleted scene with Frigga chewing Odin out for banishing Thor, and one where Frigga awards Loki the crown, much to his surprise. Not only do these scenes make the Thor/Loki family drama even more relatable, they show that Loki honestly wasn't trying to get the crown at first. It also helps explain him sitting on the throne (instead of Frigga) so it doesn't come out of nowhere in the next scene. I don't want to criticize the film for what it isn't, but without those scenes, it feels like this isn't the best possible version of the film yet.
Honestly, this is already one of my favorite edits ever, though. I really liked the first Thor film as-is, but this just improves it in so many ways. It better fleshes out the characters and restructures the narrative to ease us in to god-world. It's an edit that honors what's already good in a film, and then builds on it. Well done.