By Sean McQuillan

Genre: Action

Rating: PG-13

U.S. Release Date: May 6, 2011

Run Time: 114 Mins

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Producer: Kevin Feige

Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Patricia Whitcher

Screenplay by: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne

Personal Rating: I loved it.

Thor is the most powerful warrior in the immortal realm of Asgard. On the day he would be made king by his father Odin, his ceremony is disrupted by an incursion of Frost Giants into the sacred weapons vault. Though the frost giants were few and easily defeated, Thor demands a bloody retribution. Odin forbids it, as he fought a long and bloody war to earn a truce with Laufey, King of the Frost Giants. At the manipulation of his brother Loki, Thor enters their lands with the help of his friends. With the truce broken, and the threat of war looming, Odin is forced to take Thor’s power and cast him out of the immortal realms. Now, Thor must live among the humans and find a way to end his exile. Eventually he will  become one of the greatest defenders of mankind.

I had high expectations for this film, as Kenneth Branagh is one of my favorite directors, and it did not disappoint. The performances were top notch, especially the Asgardians. I was worried that the effects for Asgard would be off, or the dialogue might make them sound like Ren-fair performers.  Everyone is fully believable and engaging in their roles. There was some fan outcry when the casting was first announced and we learned that the role of Asgard’s gatekeeper Heimdall would be played by Idris Elba. They cried “you couldn’t cast a black actor to play a Norse god!”  I challenge you to watch this and find any complaint with him. Elba owned this performance and I cannot imagine any one else playing that role now.

While I could go on and on about the Asgardian actors, such as Anthony Hopkins’ magnificent performance of Odin, the human roles in this film were just as good. Natalie Portman was great as the smart and independent Jane Foster. We see Clark Gregg return as Agent Coulson, and Stellan Skarsgård enter the marvel universe as Erik Selvig.

With the success of Iron Man, fans are wondering how Thor will compare. With Marvel fixing to have all their heroes come together for The Avengers, each of them must be able to stand alone. Thor truly stands shoulder to shoulder with Iron Man, with similar humor and all the action we’ve come to expect. If I had to think of one complaint, it would be that every actor was so great in their roles it left me wanting more from all of them.

Is Thor a good movie? Absolutely. If you enjoyed Iron Man, then you will certainly enjoy Thor. I’m looking forward to seeing Thor return in The Avengers, but hope to see him get his own sequels as well.

If you liked this movie, similar movies I’d recommend would be : Superman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Hulk (Ed Norton version), and Captain America (coming soon).


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