Thor- Score: A-
Director: Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth (A Perfect Getaway, Star Trek)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris)
Anthony Hopkins (Silence of The Lambs)
Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia)
Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist)
Idris Elba (Obsessed, Takers)
Before I start, I want to share two interesting facts I found out about the films star Chris Hemsworth
1) He is married to Elsa Pataky, Vin Diesels love interest in Fast Five!
2) He plays the father of James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek, the Captain at the beginning who gives up his life to save many lives.
Just some interesting information.
The movie starts out with Odin (Anthony Hopkins), about to crown Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as the new king of Asgard when they are interrupted by a couple of Frost giants of Jotunheim who have found a way into Asgard and attempt to steal “The Casket of Ancient Winters”. The Frost giants are destroyed, but this sends Thor into a fit of anger and he travels to Jotunheim with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three; Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) speak to the leader of the Frost Giants Laufey (Colm Feore). Thors anger get’s the best of him, and he ends up starting a battle with the Frost Giants and almost loses until Thor’s father Odin steps in and ends things.
Odin is now angry, and instead of making him king, he banishes Thor to earth along with his hammer Mjolnir, and puts a spell over the hammer where only the worthy shall be able to wield it’s power. Once on earth Thor runs into (literally), Two scientists
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and there assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).
But when Odin falls ill, and things start to go bad In Asgard and on Earth, It is up to Thor to restore things to the way they were or it could mean the end of both Earth and Asgard.
What makes Thor different than other superhero movies is the Asgard aspect, He already is a super hero (well a god really) and he isn’t from earth. When Thor is cast down from Asgard to earth it’s funny, seeing a Mythical god try to adapt to our world. The most exciting moments happen in Asgard though, and there were some scenes on earth where I couldn’t help but wish we could wrap it up and move back to Asgard.
Thor really is a wonderful movie, with wonderful acting. Chris Hemsworth, I found to be perfectly cast and charming, I can’t wait to see him in other movies. Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, and Anthony Hopkins are all wonderful in there roles, but it was really the newbies, or the more minor roles that kept me entertained. Tom Hiddleston who played Laufey, was great as thor’s brother and the movies villain. Also, Idris Elba, who played the Ineffable Heimdall, should almost have his own superhero movie, his character was very cool.
Thor is wonderfully cast, funny, intense, and thrilling when it needs to be. The only sour spots that stuck out to me were when Thor’s friends Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three; Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), come down to earth to help him fight off a giant robot. it was one of the biggest moments in the movie, and it should have been more exciting,but for me it wasn’t. Not a big issue, the rest of the movie works and is fun and exciting so I give the movie an A-.