Monday, May 23, 2011

Movies 148: Thor

Thor is still going strong at the box office. A lot of that has to do with Chris Hemsworth taking the lead as Thor with so much thunder, as it should be. He's rather likeable in this role and of course, eye-candy too. Seriously, he makes the perfect Thor to be banished to earth.

Thankfully, Kenneth Brannagh, as director, gave a lot of heart to this film. Anthony Hopkins as Thor's father Odin gives such a wonderful performance. Anyone else might have made it cheesy. But with such great sets and adventure in the film, Hopkins is perfect for this part.

Also, Tom Hiddleston finally has a chance to show what a truly great actor he is as Thor's brother, Loki (he's now filming the AVENGERS). Loki is so complex and just finding out who he truly is. He certainly added a lot of depth to this comic book tale.

CONFESSION: I liked Dennings over Portman.

Of course, there are the earth people in this epic adventure that Thor meets once he crashes to earth. Natalie Portman is Jane the science girl. She has a few awkward moments with Thor when he lands on earth. But Natalie's Jane is there for the ride, like the rest of us. Add Kat Dennings as Jane's sidekick Darcy, and a scene stealer she becomes in this movie.

The film has a lot going for it. Lots of action in so many realms of fantasy. Still Thor is learning a lot about himself on earth, and we are learning a lot about where he's from too. And then there are the feds. But they can't hold him long even if he doesn't have all his strengths.

Some wonderful performances from Thor's circle of friends. Josh Dallas plays Fandrall and Jamie Alexander as Sif and Tanobu Asano round out the trio who are always there for Thor.

This movie will definitely get your summer started.


STORYLINE: The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.



  1. I'm actually really surprised by how good a review this got. It strayed from the comic book in one major way--Jane was a paramedic, and Thor admired her bravery and her willingness to put herself in danger to help others. That's what inspired him to be a hero. Also, they were never, ever in love. Even if you're not a purist, I completely failed to see how Thor learned his lesson and magically became a better person. The story seemed a bit disjointed in that regard. The special effects were amazing, though. I probably would've given it a 7/10 or even a 6/10--just my take, though :)

  2. It was a fun popcorn movie.

  3. i thought this was good! i actually just saw this yesterday. i know quite a few people who didnt like it. i wasnt going to see it, but my dad (who grew up reading thor in the comics & also didn't really like the film) wanted to see it, so i joined him. i was surprised that i actually enjoyed it! & it was nice to see kat dennings (i didnt know she was going to be in it!) & i really liked loki's character...i wanted to know more about him. i guess it's going to be one of those movies that either you love or hate....

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