Originally Posted by Ragnaroknroll
I'm honestly tired of hearing complaints about the humor or how jumbled this film was. It wasn't jumbled it at all. I thought Taylor did a great job. If it's not your cup of tea it's one thing but the way it jumped around and mashed up genres like it did was absolutely true to the source and is as wacky as a Thor comic ever was. Stop trashing the movie for being what it was supposed to be.
For the people who complain - Have you ever read a Thor comic? It's all over the place. He's a viking god who's a superhero, an Avenger, and heir to the throne. He travels through space; he travels through time; he travels to Hel and back. He rides a horse or a chariot with goats, or a viking longboat, or a quinjet or a space ship. He fights mythological serpents and wolves and giants and sorcerers and aliens and living planets and planet eaters and robots and ex-cons and construction workers with magical powers and gods from other pantheons. He defends small nations, he defends Earth, he defends Asgard, he defends the universe. His best friends are basically Xena, Errol Flynn, Ghengis Khan, and an immensely fat person who can defeat his enemies by merely sitting on them.
Is there humor in none of it? What genre does all of that fit into exactly? It's all somewhat ludicrous but that's what makes it fun. The juxtaposition of weird elements that should not ever go together.
Marvel applies the right tone to the right material. Thor needs a healthy dose of humor. Cap in general does not (unless there are references to his spangly outfit which you have to admit a direct translation to film does look a little silly). The First Avenger was actually a more serious film and I expect The Winter Soldier to be as well. Iron Man 3 arguably had too much humor but RDJ is a funny guy and the humor IMO actually fit the tone for the type of film that Shane Black was going for.
I can't wait to see all the people complaining about humor in a film about a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon or a film about a guy who shrinks and talks to ants.
No one is complaining about there being humor in the movie. They're complaining about the amount of humor, the type of humor, and where it was placed. There was too much of it, a lot of it just wasn't funny, and it was placed in areas that should have been taken more seriously and thus killed any kind of tension or threat. I really liked the humor in the first movie and thought that it balanced out well with the darker material. TDW didn't mesh nearly as well. Also, all of those fantasy elements that you mentioned CAN be done seriously. There doesn't need to be a ton of humor. LOTR didn't have a joke every two minutes, neither did Harry Potter, neither did JMS's Thor run for that matter, or Jason Aaron's current run. So it can be done.