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Thor

Featuring: Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson & Natalie Portman

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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  Thor.

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It's bright, it's colourful, it has some laughs, thrills and spills and when all is said and done there are certainly a lot worse comic book films out there in the mix than Thor.

Although it struggles at times to evenly balance out the Earth and Asgaard set portions of the story (at times clumsily flitting between them both) the strong enough performance by Chris Hemsworth as Thor keeps you engaged. The visuals and production design are pretty impressive in places (especially Asgaard) but that's to be expected nowadays. It's not as breezy and effortless feeling as Iron Man or even 2008's The Incredible Hulk felt, but it's less laboured than Iron Man 2.

Obviously there's an element of pre-planning for the first The Avengers film due out in May 2012, but for the most part the film manages to avoid feeling too much like it's just another part of the required jigsaw and find it's way to becoming an enoyable enough blockbuster on it's own.

  "STOP, HAMMER TIME!"

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Eyebrows were raised when the British luvvie behind Henry V and Frankenstein was put in charge of this BIG budget behemoth, especially after some of his recent efforts behind the camera (Sleuth, The Magic Flute) and in front (The Boat That Rocked).
Chances are, though, that even the most ardent acolyte will be won over by a film that manages to poke genial fun at the helmet-wearing hammer-wielder, whether he's lording it up on his planet or stranded on ours, while still adhering to the same bangs for bucks ratio as the Iron Man and X-Men cycles.
Ok, so early scenes in shiny, spotless Asgard do recall the campy flourishes of Flash Gordon, particularly when Anthony Hopkins shuffles on as supreme ruler Odin in gold armour and piratical eye-patch.
But once the action relocates to barren, rocky Jotunheim for some spectacular fisticuffs with its resident Frost Giants, the movie cranks up a notch, the huge blue meanies proving a significant challenge for Hemsworth, his mallet and his hangers-on (Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Joshua Dallas, amusingly nicknamed elsewhere as "Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood")
Yet it's only when Thor is banished to Earth for his irresponsible warmongering that the film really begins in earnest, his arrival in modern-day New Mexico enabling much fish-out-of-water humour of the Crocodile Dundee variety as he struggles to come to terms with our funny ways.
Teaming up with Natalie Portman's sceptical astrophysicist (after her truck has knocked him down twice), her Scandinavian boss (Stellan Skarsgard) and her hilariously dry friend (Kat Dennings),the initially wooden Hemsworth displays real comic chops whether boisterously shattering coffee cups at a roadside diner or marching into a pet store and demanding a horse.
We're having such a good time it almost seems a shame to periodically return to Asgard to reveal the nefariousness of Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, a bit underwhelming) and his plans for domination of the nine realms linked by the 'Rainbow Bridge' that Idris Elba's Heimdall stands watch over like some intergalactic doorman.
Nods to The Avengers are supplied by Samuel L Jackson's obligatory post-credits Nick Fury appearance and a pleasing, unbilled cameo from Jeremy Renner as archer Hawkeye.
And while the ending is a little weak, it at least comes after a splendid set-piece that sees an entire town decimated by Loki's robot plaything.
Well, they don't call it the Destroyer for nothing.
Thor was always going to be the most problematic hurdle in The Avengers, path is cleared with ease and some style by a film that makes a virtue of its inherent silliness and although the same years Captain America was earth bound and not quite as silly. Thor is far more fun!
See if you like.......
Iron Man 1 & 2.
The Incredible Hulk.
Captain America.
X-Men Trilogy.
X-Men First Class.
Wolverine.
Crocodile Dundee.

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  "STOP, HAMMER TIME!"

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Eyebrows were raised when the British luvvie behind Henry V and Frankenstein was put in charge of this BIG budget behemoth, especially after some of his recent efforts behind the camera (Sleuth, The Magic Flute) and in front (The Boat That Rocked).
Chances are, though, that even the most ardent acolyte will be won over by a film that manages to poke genial fun at the helmet-wearing hammer-wielder, whether he's lording it up on his planet or stranded on ours, while still adhering to the same bangs for bucks ratio as the Iron Man and X-Men cycles.
Ok, so early scenes in shiny, spotless Asgard do recall the campy flourishes of Flash Gordon, particularly when Anthony Hopkins shuffles on as supreme ruler Odin in gold armour and piratical eye-patch.
But once the action relocates to barren, rocky Jotunheim for some spectacular fisticuffs with its resident Frost Giants, the movie cranks up a notch, the huge blue meanies proving a significant challenge for Hemsworth, his mallet and his hangers-on (Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Joshua Dallas, amusingly nicknamed elsewhere as "Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood")
Yet it's only when Thor is banished to Earth for his irresponsible warmongering that the film really begins in earnest, his arrival in modern-day New Mexico enabling much fish-out-of-water humour of the Crocodile Dundee variety as he struggles to come to terms with our funny ways.
Teaming up with Natalie Portman's sceptical astrophysicist (after her truck has knocked him down twice), her Scandinavian boss (Stellan Skarsgard) and her hilariously dry friend (Kat Dennings),the initially wooden Hemsworth displays real comic chops whether boisterously shattering coffee cups at a roadside diner or marching into a pet store and demanding a horse.
We're having such a good time it almost seems a shame to periodically return to Asgard to reveal the nefariousness of Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, a bit underwhelming) and his plans for domination of the nine realms linked by the 'Rainbow Bridge' that Idris Elba's Heimdall stands watch over like some intergalactic doorman.
Nods to The Avengers are supplied by Samuel L Jackson's obligatory post-credits Nick Fury appearance and a pleasing, unbilled cameo from Jeremy Renner as archer Hawkeye.
And while the ending is a little weak, it at least comes after a splendid set-piece that sees an entire town decimated by Loki's robot plaything.
Well, they don't call it the Destroyer for nothing.
Thor was always going to be the most problematic hurdle in The Avengers, path is cleared with ease and some style by a film that makes a virtue of its inherent silliness and although the same years Captain America was earth bound and not quite as silly. Thor is far more fun!
See if you like.......
Iron Man 1 & 2.
The Incredible Hulk.
Captain America.
X-Men Trilogy.
X-Men First Class.
Wolverine.
Crocodile Dundee.

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  "..GOOD FUN FILM.."

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Kenneth Branagh certainly surprised me this year with Thor, I wasnt aware that he could make a film that wasnt boring!! This was actually a very cool film, great story, good cast, and overall more than anything a thrill ride of great action from start to end, if your into marvel comic films then you should not miss this its one of the best in a while.

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  An impressive and epic action blockbuster.

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THOR is an excellent modern movie, that is visually epic, showy and entertaining. The film is well directed (Kenneth Branagh), has a top-rate cast and boasts top-notch special effects. The 3-d really adds to the vast scale of the back drops, as the film shows off wonderful worlds, to the scale of say Lord of the Rings. The fighting and monsters (the ice ones) are arguably the highlights.

The star of the film is Anthony Hopkins, with Hemsworth also doing well as Thor, supported by credible the likes of Natalie Portman and Skarsgard. There is plenty of action, but for me the power of the film is somewhat diluted by the cringe-worthy love story element. There is a welcome injection of humour too.

The story tells the tale of Thor as he emerges to become the King of the magical world Asgard. His wise father Odin is ready to hand over the reigns, but Thor has to overcome his arrogance, and envious brother Loki. Thor ends up being banished to Earth, having started a war, and meets the mortal Jane Foster.

  coynieuk

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I don`t jnow alot about Thor (or the Avengers) but I do know. This is a very well put together Film, only down side is the Town think Supergirl and Nately as good as ever but she dosent quite fit not sure why.
But the rest is spot on the Idea and execution are exelint and I feel this movie, unlike most others of its type, is approchibile by those who have never picked up a comic book.
This is a good movie.

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  Excellent fun!

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I didn't know much about Thor but I thought this film was very entertaining. It has a very good cast. Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki his brother are brilliant. There are lots of special effects and action scenes with a good story at the heart of it. Well worth a watch.

  A Good Introduction to a Lesser Known Superhero

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The only reason I went to watch Thor, was to familiarise myself with the character for the upcoming AVENGERS movie. As I dont know anything about him.
I enjoyed the movie, found it to be good, not great. Not too sure if I would be interested in watching a sequel. But glad that I am familiar with Thor, his Story and his Powers.
The lead actor playing Thor was very good for a newcomer, and was well supported by Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman.
Loving the fact that Marvel gave this big budget Super hero movie to Kenneth Brannagh to direct. And the risk paid of nicely.
Bring on THE AVENGERS
P.S Also watch out for the extra scene after the end credits.

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  The Mighty Thor!

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Kenneth Branagh isn't known for superhero movies but he sure has done a good job with this one! Thor is a very entertaining film with great special effects and some good comic touches. Sometimes the mood isn't consistent enough and the enemies never felt like a threat compared to the powerful Thor! Really great movie though and the visuals are great! Acting was good if at times overplayed but it wasnt to over done to ruin the film!
An enjoyable superhero film with the capacity for a sequel!