|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.
Thor - DVD Review
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Published on: 9/13/2011 4:00 AM
|Kenneth Branagh's Thor, a handsomely mounted and sufficiently majestic introduction to Marvel Comics' God of Thunder, belongs in the first slot but comes with a caveat that bears mentioning. For while Branagh's picture dutifully lays out the mythological backstory of Odin's arrogant, hammer-wielding son, Thor also serves as yet another appetizer one must consume before bellying up to the superhero smorgasbord that will be Joss Whedon's The Avengers, and this "placeholder" status applied to Thor is both a blessing and a curse....read the full review|
Customer Reviews of Thor
Loved the movie so much I had to add it to my collection.
The story is good. It's good actors and a new super hero. I liked the action scenes and sound effects. However, the movie was just ordinary as a whole and there were not many thrilling moment. Definitely a one time watch kind of movie. I hope its sequels will be better.
I loved this movie. It has got good story but the script was loose. I think this movie could have been a lot better if some suspense part was added. The plot was simply predictable. However, I think Thor will be loved by kids and teens. I think this is a good movie to watch with family.
a nice action movie5/2/2012
Thor is a good action movie to watch; however not a great movie. The concept is really good. I liked the first half of the movie better. The second half was kinda mundane and not that appealing. Overall, I think the movie is quite interesting and worth a watch.