Thor and Loki are jockeying to be in position for their father, Odin’s, crown. When a war breaks out in Asgard, Loki ends up being banished to Earth with his powers removed. Falling in love with scientist Jane, Thor quickly becomes a defender of the human race.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgard (Erik), Kat Dennings (Darcy), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Colm Feore (King).
Thor begins pretty well with the introduction of characters and mild background before the plot kicks into overdrive. Once the Frost Giants attack Asgard the twists and turns start coming fast as the film sets up for multiple plot lines. Though the story is detailed the film never feels entirely serious and maintains some of the comic book feel. By the end, most of the plot lines are wrapped up and the film finishes fairly well.
Acting was mediocre here with Hemsworth, Portman, and Hiddleston all feeling a bit plastic and surreal throughout the film. Hopkins and Skarsgard did nicely but didn’t have enough screen time to lend authenticity to the film. The remainder of the supporting cast was okay.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good and the film felt like it had a decent budget. CGI was extensive but fit the film well, as did costuming. Dialogue was okay if not campy at times. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall Thor is a nicely done Marvel Comic brought to the big screen. A bit more depth to the mythical aspect would have been nice but the film is fairly entertaining and something adults and kids can both enjoy.
With some violence, this is fine for teens and above.
Thor is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Official movie site.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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