I Am Thor
John Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's & 80's whose band, Thor, never quite made it big. Years later he attempts a comeback that nearly kills him.
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★★★★ review by Jeremy Milks on Letterboxd
I used to have a Thor poster on my wall in the 80's but I hadn't even heard his music at that point. He was just so rad that his image was enough. I think some people like him "ironically" but this doc is all heart and you can't help but love the guy. The fact that he pretends to have a manager named Steve Scott (which is himself) is very George Costanza-ish and provides the biggest laughs in the movie on multiple occasions. Really loved seeing this.
★★★★ review by Josh Stewart on Letterboxd
It's fascinating, funny, sad, and uplifting all at the same time to see a dude who was at the top of the world physically and almost there professionally learn a bit of humbleness and then just keep trying to make it work for the fans who are still there. I hope things only continue to get better for this guy.
★★★★½ review by XaviSanchezPons on Letterboxd
Risas a porrones pero también momentos de lagrimilla. Entre "El luchador', "Best worst movie" y "Ed Wood". Lo que consigue hacer Ryan Wise (director del docu) con los pocos recursos que tiene es prodigioso: es ágil con el montaje y saca oro del día día más rutinario de Thor y su banda.
"I Am Thor" se ventila en pocos minutos la faceta histórica del personaje (habla poco de las pelis, el único pero) y crece cuando se centra en el comeback musical de Thor. En esencia lo que hace aquí Wise con Thor es lo mismo que hizo Burton con Ed Wood: plasmar la obsesión y la ilusión casi inocente de un creador estrellado. Resumiendo, una de las mejores peliculas que he visto este año.
★★★½ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd
A fun, light, high-energy doc jam-packed with an inspiring DIY rock n' roll spirit. Really enjoyed spending time with Thor.
★★★½ review by Jerry Downing on Letterboxd
Pretty entertaining doc about Thor trying to make a comeback. Similar to the Anvil doc. I never really got into the music of Thor, I knew him mostly from the couple horror flicks he was part of. I wish they had talked about that a little bit more.
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