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Thor

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Thor

 

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.– (C) Paramount Pictures

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writers: Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz (screenplay)

Staring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman

 

 

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3 Reviews for “Thor”

  1. This weekend, I saw “Thor” which is directed by Kenneth Branagh. Another in the Marvel Comics series, Thor shows the background of the latest in the Marvel superhero clan. As you all know, Marvel is the Comic Book that created Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk among others. In the heyday of comic books, Marvel was the largest competitor with DC which owns the rights to Batman and Superman.

    Kenneth Branagh, the unexpected director of a comic book franchise does a wonderful job of comparing the Fantasy World in which Thor was born with the present day Earth in which Thor is banished by his father because of his arrogance. Branagh shows the same directing talents here as were shown by John Favreau in the Iron Man series.

    While on Earth, Thor learns what it really takes to become a king and to control a vast intergalactic empire. He also learns love and human nature at the same time. The love interest, Jane Foster, is portrayed by Natalie Portman, in another unexpected role. The Academy Award winning actress just recently portrayed the heroine in the gross out comedy, “Her Highness,” which was previously reviewed in this column. Ms. Portman again gives a stellar performance. One must wonder why she has taken on these two popcorn roles after the highbrow, “Black Swan?” However, she does a great job with them.

    Relative newcomer, Chris Hemsworth, does a credible job in the role of Thor. Given what must have been a very difficult role on the page, Hemsworth shows that he will be one of the main action stars in the coming years. I’m sure that women will be impressed with his pecs and other bulging muscles. It reminded me of when we first saw Schwarzenegger in Conan many years ago. A review of his IMDB page shows that he is already reprising this role in next summer’s “The Avengers.”

    Supporting roles are essayed very well. Anthony Hopkins stands out as Thor’s father, King Odin. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the return of Rene Russo after a long absence. She does a wonderful job as Thor’s mother in what is disappointingly a very minor role. It would be great to see Ms. Russo working again full time.

    I must say that I was not expecting much from this film based upon the trailer. In fact, I was expecting a real piece of garbage. But, I was definitely impressed with what I saw. In fact, I would have to say that this film stands out as one of the great super hero films from our friends at Marvel. I would put it up there on the same level as “Iron Man” and “Spiderman.” I give it four stars.

  2. Ira says:

    Actually I agree with Frank. Much to my surprise “Thor” was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz turned in an entertaining script and Kenneth Branagh did, as usual, an excellent job directing.

    The acting by Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins was spot on and Australian actor Chris Hemsworth did a passable job in the lead as “Thor” even though most of his lines were delivered without feeling. Hopefully he will have developed some emotional connection for the character by the time they start shooting the sequel.

    Unlike Frank I saw “Thor” in 3D and was again impressed with this new/old technology. The 3D was well done and added to the overall experience of the film. The CGI was believable in a fantasy sort of a way and did a nice job capturing the overall appearance of the shining Asgaard and the dark, frigid home of the Frost Giants, Jotunheim.

    As with most Marvel films, it’s always fun to try and find the master himself, Stan Lee, hidden somewhere in the movie and “Thor” is no exception. As the film rolls on pay close attention to Heimdale, the Gatekeeper of Asgaard. English actor Idris Elba does a wonderful job with this limited role.

    I’m sure “Thor” will join “Spiderman” and “Ironman” on the successful film list for Marvel. If you haven’t seen this film yet take the time to due so. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  3. Lem Utu says:

    The most striking thing to me about “Thor” is how easily I accepted Asgard. There’s been much hue and cry about the CGI and Wizard of Oz comparisons have been hurled unflatteringly. But the thing for me is; it’s freaking Asgard! Everything is supposed to be shiny and sparkly and have ridiculously impossible architecture. This is where the freaking Norse Gods live. Who aren’t really Gods but super science-y guys with awesome wardrobes that live in fabulous houses that sparkle. I think.

    That’s kind of what the story leans to so it can avoid that whole uncomfortable “Hey wait a minute? There’s only One God.” discussion. So we establish that Asgard is all sorts of awesome. King of the Gods, Odin, played haughtily by an eye-patched Hannibal Lector, is about to name his successor when Thor begins to act out. Chris Hemsworth brings the Thunder God to life in all his immature and petulant glory in the Asgard scenes.

    When Thor disobeys Daddy and goes off to pick a fight, he’s also being undermined at home by his scheming half-brother Loki. Tom Hiddleston brings the right amount of slime to Loki’s slippery countenance but manages to make him thisclose to sympathetic at one point. It is an outstanding acting challenge fully well met. After a spectacular fight with some Frost Giants (when Thor starts twirling the hammer and it looks exactly like it should from the comics? Nerdgasm) with his posse (The Warriors Three and Lady Sif), Thor is brought before Odin, who is not happy.

    Banishing his son to Earth (Oklahoma? Harsh.) without his powers, Odin means to teach the Thunderer, a class in Humility 101. As often happens, unintended consequences occur. Is it that much of a punishment that Natalie Portman finds you and then wants to jump your bones? I’m not seeing a downside here. The upcoming Avengers movie reference creeps in when Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and S.H.I.E.L.D arrive to secure Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which made the trip to Oklahoma as well. Unfortunately, only whosoever is worthy can pick it up so they do what any logical government agency would do, they build stuff around it.

    Meanwhile, Hemsworth’s Thor does a pretty good fish-out-of-water act, while Portman and a scene-stealing Kat Dennings look on. Stellan Skaarsgard does well as the put-upon senior member of Portman’s research team. Their impromptu and ill-fated raid on the S.H.I.E.L.D hammer facility is amusing and the ladies will mentally click on buying “Thor” on Blu-Ray after seeing Hemsworth running around shirtless in the rain.

    In Asgard, Loki is doing what slimy bad guys do with Hiddleston’s understated menace and oily delivery making the God of Mischief a formidable counterpart to his powerful half-brother. As Loki schemes to take the throne, Odin sleeps in an Asgardian Hyperbaric Chamber apparently (comic geeks know the Odinsleep is a handy plot device to get the most powerful god of them all off the board for a while) for a little R&R.

    The Warriors Three (Josh Allen, Tabanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson as Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg respectively) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) team up with Heimdall (Idris Elba, he’s black. Get over it) to find and retrieve Thor before Asgard falls. It’s a rollercoaster ride from this point on. The last impression I’ll leave you with to avoid spoilers is: when he proves himself worthy and gets his mojo back, Hemsworth’s Thor looks just as godly in Oklahoma as he did in the halls of Asgard.

    “Is that what you normally look like?” -Jane-

    “Yes, pretty much.” -Thor-

    “That’s a good look.” -Jane-

    Exactly. Thor is a solidly built popcorn summer movie and excellent tentpole for the upcoming Avengers movie. Of course, stick around after the credits. You should know the drill by now.

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