Thor: The God of Thunder (2011)

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Action, Adventure, Drama

As the heir to the throne of Asgard, Thor is a headstrong warrior whose rashness could threaten the truce between his world and one of true darkness. As Odin is about to name Thor king, their kingdom suffers an attack by their warring rivals. After immaturity causes Thor to lead his warriors into dangerous conditions, Odin strips him of his power and banishes him to Earth until he can learn humility. As a cyclone touches down in New Mexico, Jane and her research team come across the mysterious warrior and are curious to learn about his identity and his connection with the unnatural weather phenomenon. As Thor is forced to go on a personal journey to reclaim his hammer and his power, his brother Loki has assumed control over Asgard and seems to have a sinister plan for his kingdom, their warring rival and Thor.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Natalie Portman (Janie Foster), Stellan Skargard (Erik Selvig), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulston), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Colm Feore (King Laufey), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Josh Dallas (Fandral), Jamie Alexander (Sif), Rene Russo (Frigga), Richard Cetrone (Frost Giant Captain), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)

Leading up the team of warriors is Chris Hemsworth as Thor. He is perfect in his brutish persona and is able to exhibit personal growth as he spends time on Earth. His muse is played by Natalie Portman. She has that perfect cute but nerdy way about her and also tries to be an example of human strength. As the antithesis to his brother Thor, Tom Hiddleston appears on screen as the trickster Loki. There is never a clear sense about him and his level of good or evil except that he consistently displays an evil aura.  Academy award winner Anthony Hopkins plays the aging but powerful Odin. The ruler of Asgard displays many of powerful and merciful elements Hopkins has displayed in other similar films. Reappearing as Agent Coulson, Clark Gregg continues to be more of the pawn of S.H.I.E.L.D. than an active part of its leadership.

Kenneth Branagh joins the team of directors putting together the series of movies leading up to the eventual blockbuster Avengers film. Besides introducing Thor and one of the potential baddies for the superhero team film, the movie also introduces another one of the teammates. Hawkeye appears to be played by Jeremy Renner, who is building up a list of action-based movies and seems to be a good choice for the part. Thor’s transformation also provides for a little more grounding of his incredible power in comparison to the other heroes of the group. Iron Man and Hawkeye are both normal humans with gifted traits, while Captain America and Bruce Banner are humans with superhuman abilities. Thor’s greater strength, endurance and ability to fly make him far above the rest of the team, so it will be interesting to see how his story is intertwined with the rest of the Avengers.

Thor is a fun film that helps to continue the development of the coming Avengers film. There are some cheesy lines, particularly before Thor banishment and immediately after his arrival on Earth, but the action and drama make up for it.

Dan’s Rating: 3.5/5

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