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Thor MovieOutstanding, another superhero movie to add to the recent deluge. The primary problem is once you’ve exhausted the A-list heroes (Superman, Spider-Man, Batman), you begin reaching for the second string players who may be every bit as worthy, but do not have the same popular street cred. Thor is one such superhero (Green Lantern is another).
Thor takes place on Earth and the mystical Norse-god realm of Asgard, a dazzling planet surrounded by vast, swirling nebulae. The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), son of king Odin (Anthony Hopkins), is banished to Earth to live as a mortal for inciting a war between his people and their most ancient enemies. On Earth, without his powers or his mighty war hammer, Thor must discover that being a hero is not just about strength and courage, but also humility and compassion.
One of the more appealing aspects of Thor is that he is not, at first, a likeable character. Unlike many do good superheroes who stroll onto the screen eager to save the world. Thor is different. He is arrogant, brazen and vain. He is reckless and immature which makes his classic hero’s journey far more interesting than most. Chris Hemsworth, known to most American audiences for his small role as James T. Kirk’s father in Star Trek, plays his part with the appropriate amount of zeal. But the credit truly belongs to Thor’s writers (Ashley Edward Miller, Zach Stentz and Don Payne) and Oscar-nominated director Kenneth Branagh, best known for Chariots of Fire and his incredible Shakespearean adaptations. Branagh brings a literary gravity to the film and examines themes like honor and the tempestuous relationship between fathers and sons.
Thor is, by no means, a bad film, but it is not a great one either. Thor is an enjoyable popcorn epic that skates by on humor and the performances of Hemsworth, Hiddleston and Dennings. Hiddleston is especially noteworthy in the role of Thor’s creepy brother Loki. Overall Thor is entertaining, fun and definitely worth watching! Be sure to play the movie through the closing credits to watch a surprise scene. Hint: It’s Hammer Time. Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder but at the end of the day Thor is amusing but instantly forgettable.

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