Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman
Plot: The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Movie Trivia: When Hemsworth and Hopkins saw each other in full armor for the first time, Hopkins said “God, there’s no acting required here, is there?”
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
This film almost borders on kitschy and laughable if it were not for the grand scheme at work by the entire Marvel franchise. As usual, the visual effects were well done, and in 3D this film is gorgeous. They might have relied a little too heavily on CGI, but at the same time there is really no other way to tell this story the way it is meant to be told. Thor is already a little cheesy, but in such a great way. It works for him so well, and his fan base loves him because of it, not in spite of it. The handling of this film shows that very well, I feel.
From a critic’s perspective, I was much more entertained by the scenes with Loki than with Thor. And to fend off any arguments of this nature and to “clear the record”, I am actually more of a Thor fangirl than I am of Loki. So while my visual man meat was just so wonderful to look at, Tom Hiddleston delivered a performance as Loki that earned him larger roles in the subsequent Avengers movies. Between the cut scenes of Asgard and Earth, the film critic within me liked watching Loki work the system so much more than watching Thor manage his new found humanity.
Thor’s adventures on Midgard with Dr. Jane Foster and her band of scientist was fun, though, despite it lacking the chemistry of the other films in this line up. The comedy was cute and delivered very well in Hemsworth old english accent. He was a little stiff, but again that feels appropriate for this character. Anthony Hopkins is perfect in every role, so this was no different to me. It may not stand out as a best performance when viewed next to his other films, but he added well to the plot and feel of this movie.
Overall, this feels like an appropriate addition to the Marvel Universe, offering you much lighter option with beautiful visuals. It doesn’t have the darkness of The Incredible Hulk, or the sharp wit of Iron Man, but you get a good feel for what is to come by the addition of this particular Avenger.