|Of all the folks in long underwear to be tapped for superhero films, Thor would seem to be the most problematic to properly pull off. (Hypothetical Hollywood conversation: "A guy in a tricked-out, easily merchandisable metal suit? Great! An Asgardian God of Thunder who says stuff like thee and thou? Um, is Moon Knight available?") Thankfully, the resulting film does its source material rather proud, via a committed cast and an approach that doesn't shy away from the over-the-top superheroics. When you're dealing with a flying guy wielding a huge hammer, gritty realism can be overrated, really. Blending elements from the celebrated comic arcs by Walter Simonson and J. Michael Straczynski, the story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Chris Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (the terrific Tom Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Natalie Portman). Although director Kenneth Branagh certainly doesn't skimp on the in-jokes and fan-pleasing continuity references (be prepared to stick around after the credits, Marvel fans), his film distinguishes itself by adopting a larger-than-life cosmic Shakespearean air that sets itself apart from both the cerebral, grounded style made fashionable by The Dark Knight and the loose-limbed Rat Packish vibe of the Iron Man series. Glorying in the absolute unreality of its premise, Branagh's film is a swooping, Jack Kirby-inspired saga that brings the big-budget grins on a consistent basis, as well as tying in with the superhero battle royale The Avengers.|
Editor's NoteIn this action film from Marvel, Thor, the son of Norse god Odin, watches over both mortals and immortals. Thor will also reign in Marvel's upcoming THE AVENGERS.
Best Marvel Superhero Movie6/8/2012
Thor is the essence of what makes Marvel the best superhero comic company. Deftly combining ancient mythology with modern comic hero mythology.The film has great cinematography and the wardrobe and sets combine with the CGI to make the world believable. The story is compelling and the acting WAY above what I expected. Of course Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as Odin but I never saw Tom Hiddelston coming as a manipulative Loki. The lead Chris Hemsworth fits the bill as action hero and catches us off guard with his humor and a couple of heartfelt moments with Natalie Portman whose Jane Foster finds more depth in this one film than Padme did in 3 Star Wars flicks. You don't have to like comics to like Thor. A blockbuster that lives up to the billing.
A Fantastic Addition To The Marvel Universe10/17/2011
First off,let me start by saying that Thor is one of the best superhero movies I've seen since The Dark Knight.The visuals are first-rate and spectacular and the story is entertaining and funny.The action sequences are breathtaking and amazing.If you love comic book movies,then you will most definitely love the hell out of this movie!!