Film Analysis: Thor


This is the 5th movie of my marvel marathon. Thor, son of Oden is yet to be king of his home world Asgard. He is then banished after declaring war on the Frost Giants and is exiled to earth where he needs to face struggles that he is not used to dealing with.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Year 2011
Kenneth Branagh
Genre Action/Adventure/Fantasy
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would add a couple more jokes because it does have lots of potential for more considering thor is new to earth.


1. Who is the protagonist? Thor
2. Who is the antagonist? Loki
3. What is the conflict? Sibling Rivalry
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) Dont blame your brother for your own wrong doings
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Thor is banished from his home world and has to get his hammer back in earth and reclaim the throne
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
This movie does a really good job at building up the character of thor and at the end of the movie the audience should feel as connected as ever
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? stylized, based on a place called Asgard with gods as their kings.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? suits=shield agent

asgardian armor=protector of asgard

10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? darker lighting to help with the cloudiness of thors lightning
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? wider shots to show that a lot is happening and the change the world is going through after 20 years of seeing no aliens
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? I didn’t see anything about the music but I just thought that it was kinda generic and didn’t really effect any scenes
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? shield is kind of a culture of being in the higher government
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Thor is that it doesn’t feel like a cookie-cutter superhero comic book origin story”-James Berardinelli|reelviews May 6, 2011
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


Show Thors effort to retrieve his hammer and deem himself worthy again

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: Shows how easily shield could take down thor at that moment and becomes humorous
b. Sound Design: its just rain
c. Camera Movements/Angles: Dramatic angles to show the might that thor brings to the table to deem himself worthy until he is let down
d. Light Setup: Just dark natural lighting and overhead lights
e. Soundtrack/Score: Dramatic music to show his devastation
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? There is none

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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