Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Written By: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 55 min
The first Thor movie is just solid entertainment. A nice balance of action, romance and humor as the god of thunder is stripped of his power and banished to Earth for basically being a war mongering moron. These events in his life though are all carefully orchestrated by his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Loki has some pretty severe identity problems, as well as daddy issues. Which actually had me questioning Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) parenting skills since both his son’s essentially were the cause for mass destruction and loss of life on not one, or two, but three planets!
Thor is solidly made, acted and written. Chris Hemsworth makes for a believable god of thunder, but it’s Tom Hiddleston who really stands out playing his brother Loki. There are some nice moments of humor. The visual effects are great, but I found the pace of the action sequences a little off, and they never really come to life effectively.
If you have seen and enjoyed any of the other recent Marvel films, I think you’ll enjoy this too. If you’re new to the current crop of Marvel superhero movies, this is as good a place to start as any. The story is simple enough, and you don’t really need to be an expert on the Thor comics to enjoy this.
Best viewing format:
The visual effects are impressive so a big screen experience is the way to go. 3D, not so much. A regular 2D matinee will do. At home a HD viewing will enable you to get the most out of this film.
Best moment for me:
Thor – ”You dare threaten Thor with such a puny weapon…? ‘” Then Darcy (Kat Dennings) tasers the god of thunder and knocks him out.
Linked to: Thor: The Dark World