Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddelston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Thor is a really good, fun movie but does not achieve the greatness that it could have potentially had. The movie could have been a Lord of the Rings level of epic-ness with its expansive scope and fantastical properties but it just didn’t reach that height and this is mostly because of the scenes that take place on Earth are a bit underwhelming.
That is not to say that Thor isn’t a good movie. Thor is better than most action blockbuster’s because it has an emotional and character driven core. The best scenes of the movie revolve around the relationships between Thor, his brother and fellow prince Loki, and their father Odin. There are some pretty heavy scenes involving these well-developed family dynamics.
The acting is good overall with a commanding and charmingly arrogant performance from Chris Hemsworth. Chris Hemsworth also has some pretty hilarious lines that focus on the difference between Asgard and Earth. Tom Hiddelston’s performance is what actually drives the movie with his emotional turn as Loki. And of course there is the always great, Anthony Hopkins. Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard are fine but have little to do and Kat Dennings (who easily owns the worst parts of the movie) is just okay and is used for a bit too much comic relief.
The action scenes start out spectacular with one extended and awesome battle scene featuring Thor, Sif, Loki and the Warriors Three against the Frost Giants and a Giant creature. This scene really shows off Thor’s unlimited strength and power and also shows his arrogance. After this great scene the action dies down and becomes a good bit less entertaining.
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