Courtney Coombs was able to see Thor last week, and she was kind enough to drop me a note about the movie costumes.
This is a spoiler-free review, but you may want to skip this post until after you’ve seen Thor.
I saw Thor on Thursday (originally called Thor’s day, little bit of trivia there)… OMFGNESS IT WAS SO AWESOME!1!!1
But focusing on the costumes, originally the designs didn’t appeal to me. They looked like biker action figures. But you barely get a glimpse of Thor’s leather pants and shoes on-screen anyway.
The costumes are weird, but in a good way. It’s sort of like what you’d expect Norse gods to look like today. Their clothing have become more complex. There’s still throwbacks to previous eras, Viking jewellery, helmets, fur and tooled leather. Tudorian slashing and paning in sleeves.
The chainmail is actually woven strands of silver fabric, possibly vinyl, which I thought was quite clever.
The rubber armour gives the Asgardians’ costumes an unearthly look, they are moulded yet look like leather and metal. It doesn’t look too cartoony or ultra-clean which is always the risk. Lighting can play a part in that.
In the comics, Thor’s cape swoops up and back in a strange fashion, the costume designers were faithful enough to give it a go and it works. It’s gathered under the shoulder armour then I assume plastic was inserted underneath the cape to raise it off the shoulders slightly.
As for the film as a whole, I think this is the most fun I’ve had watching a Marvel movie. It’s about two hours long but I didn’t even notice.
It’s got humour, it’s got action and Lord of the Rings-esque battle scenes. It’s quite faithful to both the comics and the mythology and I’d easily watch it again and again. It doesn’t hurt that the lead actor is ‘ridiculously good looking’ as Zoolander would say.
— Courtney Coombs