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Review: Thor

Posted April 29, 2012 by in Action







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Total Score

79/ 100

What We Thought

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What We Liked :

Chris Hemsworth is Fantastic One of the better Marvel adaptations

What We Disliked:

Portman seems miscast Cheesy interludes
Bottom Line

Thor has some problems with the story setup and typical summer-fare gags, but it is one of the better comic-book origin stories.

by Max
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Chris Hemsworth is fantastic in the first film adaptation of Thor. Marvel Comics has unleashed Thor onto the world and the film is a worthy origin story for the God of Thunder. Director Kenneth Branagh uses his Shakespeare experience to craft a story of love and betrayal in this comic inspired world of Asgard.


The King of Asgard, Odin, wants one of his two sons to ascend to the throne. Throughout the years, Thor proves himself worthy and his coronation is all that follows. This is foiled by enemies of Asgard attacking during the ceremony. Thor, in his pompous and conceded way, decide to in-act revenge against the enemy. Essentially ending a truce between the two species, Thor brings dishonor to Asgard and is exiled to Earth. Thor’s brother. Loki, uses this time to seize the throne and prove his worthiness to his father.

Thor’s ultimate success weighs on the shoulders of Chris Hemsworth and he was up to the task. He captures the essence of Thor perfectly giving the same depth to the role that Robert Downey Jr. brought Iron Man. Natalie Portman was cast opposite Thor as Jane Foster. Portman has been over exposed in the past few months leading to some fatigue seeing her featured here. Nevertheless, she does what she can with the Jane character and plays well off Hemsworth’s Thor. Another big surprise, was just how well Tom Hiddleston comes off as Thor’s brother, Loki. Loki is a tragic figure who was only ever given false hope to rule Asgard. Hiddleston matches Hemsworth’s intensity and it will be exciting to see where he is featured next.

Thor bounces back and forth between Asgard and Earth throughout its runtime. Thor is outlandish when it comes to his first visit to Earth and these scenes are easily the comedic highlight. It’s easy to believe a foreigner would have lot’s of trouble with his new surroundings, but it’s still great fun. These scenes are in contrast to the scenes on Asgard.  Asgard is a CGI paradise, full with elaborate attire and mythical ice demons. In two instances, Thor must battle the enemy on Earth, but the epic battles take place in Asgard.


Thor easily paves the way for more adventures with the God of Thunder. At the end of the picture, we are offered a glimpse into the storyline for The Avengers, the giant collaborative piece the Marvel pictures are working towards. Hopefully each character is given their own chance to shine because Chris Hemsworth as Thor will definitely be a highlight. Thor has some problems with the story setup and typical summer-fare gags, but it is one of the better comic book origin stories.


Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins

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    I don't know if Chris 'stole the show' as he's the main character and it's supposed to be his show. But in any case, I like this a bit more than you but I guess because I had such low expectation as I thought the trailer looked so cheesy. I gave it a shot because of Branagh's involvement and he didn't disappoint. I agree with you about Loki, I thought Hiddleston was great, I'm looking forward to seeing him be the main villain in The Avengers!


      I understand where your coming from. IF Chris did stink, similar to Ben Affleck in Daredevil, this film would've be far worse. Maybe my score doesn't reflect how much I enjoyed it, but I did like it better than X-Men:First Class, I just think First Class is the better film. Does that make sense?


    I do agree re Natalia Portman – her character felt underdeveloped and kind of "tacked on" like an afterthought (hey, we need a female role in this film, what do we do…. invent one?) but overall I really enjoyed the epic scale Thor had to offer. Nice work, mate!


      Yes each movie in the Marvel films needs a female role. Most of the time they just feel tacked on. I think only Iron Man does a interesting job with Pepper.


    Great review. I really enjoyed Chris Hemsworth's performance. I think he has a nice presence and an endearing personality. Tom Hiddlestone was a fabulous bad guy and only improved on that in Avengers Assemble. I think this whole Marvel franchise has got a lot of potential still.


      Thanks for coming by Louise. Tom Hiddleston was awesome in Thor and it would seem he was well loved at NYCC. I hope he gets some bigger roles soon.


    Great review! I love this film, perhaps even more than Avengers. The chemistry between Hemsworth and Portman was remarkable and I loved the huge amount of humour in this film.


    I loved Thor, Kenneth Branagh is a brilliant director. Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston are all fantastic. I'm so glad Hiddleston plays a big part in Avengers Assemble, he's the perfect baddie.


      I think Hiddleston is an actor that is going places. That being said Chris Hemsworth was also fantastic. I think that's a big reason why Thor connects with a lot of fans.


    Thor has been my favourite stand alone Avengers film. I loved the feel of the film, the little bits of humour. Chris Hemsworth carried the role incredibly well. Tom Hiddleston's Loki was an excellent "misunderstood" villain.

    I had such low hopes going in to see the film, but it was realised so well. Loved it.


      Some people say that since it had to act as a prequel for The Avengers it might've suffered. I don't buy that at all. I believe the acting held the story together and it was a compelling movie. It's right below Iron Man 1 as my favorite Marvel movie (I don't know where The Avengers stands yet)


    I do really like Thor and I think it is one of the best Marvel movies, alongside Iron Man and now Avengers, but I agree Natalie Portman was miscast!

    Long live Loki 🙂


      Haha. I can't wait to see Tom Hiddleston in more movies. His time in War Horse was far too short. His cunning and intelligence make him an excellent enemy for Thor.

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