I Am Thor (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ryan Wise
Starring: Jon Mikl Thor
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Dark Sky Films
Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70’s and 80’s whose theatrical band, Thor, never quite made it big. Years later he attempts a comeback that nearly kills him.
My first introduction to Jon Mikl Thor came by way of Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare. It was around 2010 when I watched that DVD and while maybe it could be called “so bad its good”, I dug it and Thor was certainly a guy that stood out. Mainly because he really did look like a real life version of Thor. I had no idea his back story and how he was in a rock ban. This disc covers that story, from how he got his start, his downfall, to his comeback that went well on into about twelve or so years. Heck, he may still be trying to make that comeback. All in all it really was a strange and interesting story. We learn that at one time, before the horror movies he did, Thor was set for his band to be a pretty big deal, or so it seems. Turns out the man just seems to have a case of extremely odd and bad luck. But as the movie shows, maybe a little of the blame could be placed on Thor himself. Even after the fall of his original run (in music that is), it seems Thor just keeps getting random chances to do things again. If stuff doesn’t pan out it doesn’t stop him as we see Thor and his band (original or whoever he can get together) play shows in front of 6 people to what looks like 6,000 or more. We also see it take its toll or perhaps not only his psychical health, but his mental health as well.
The story of Thor is still an interesting one as we go through band members, wives, and everything else that comes with a man not giving up on a dream when he’s probably more than two decades away from when he actually had a chance. The story can kind be touching in spots as well. If I had any complaint at all about this release it would be the lack of extras and that I kinda wish the movie stuff was touched on more, but I guess there is always time for that later when mini docs (or maybe full ones) are made on those films. Thor is a very likable and strange guy, it is easy to root for him even when you might find yourself laughing at the poor guy’s misfortune. I think when you add all that up you get a very solid documentary that covers a lot of time and seems to build up to a good place to stop, even if poor Thor probably has kept on running long after the camera here have stopped. If you have heard of Thor, or who knows, maybe if you are unlike me and was a Thor the band fan before now, then you get a lot to take in here, with most of it being pretty darn enjoyable.
Quality of Transfer: 80%