Movie Review: Thor

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In the remote realm of Asgard, young Thor is heir to the throne, but is arrogant with a quick temper. When Thor’s misguided actions cause the end of an unsteady peace between the Asgard and Frost Giants, King Odin banishes Thor to Earth. Thor is found by scientist Jane Foster who studies the skies. Without his powers, Thor is forced to live as a mortal and learn what it means to be a true hero.

Chris Hemsworth takes on the iconic role of Thor, the god of thunder. Hemsworth not only looks the part of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Nordic god, but he plays the part of haughty, spoiled young prince to perfection. Unlike most other superhero origin stories, Thor doesn’t go through much physical change. Instead, he grows as a man and a champion for others, learning humility and self-sacrifice.

They couldn’t have found a better actor to play Odin. Anthony Hopkins shines in whatever he does, and as Asgard’s wise and benevolent leader is no exception. And Thor’s malicious and manipulative brother Loki is played by Tom Hiddleston to creepy perfection. Natalie Portman costars as Jane Foster, Thor’s human love interest. I was skeptical at first, but the two did have great chemistry. And Jane’s small team of scientists including Stellan Skarsgard and Dr. Selvig and Kat Dennings as Darcy added a fun dynamic of humor and simplicity. Whereas, Thor’s friends from Asgard are a bit cartoonish and over-the-top.

The main story takes place on both present day Earth and on Asgard, moving at a steady pace. At 1 hour 54 minutes long, I expected there to be some slower scenes or the story to be drawn out. Instead, it felt like the movie flew by, and it was suddenly over too soon. The action scenes were intense, with incredible special effects. The drama was balanced well with humor. Full of mystery, suspense, adventure, and a bit of romance – I loved every minute of Thor. Comic book and superhero fans of all ages will enjoy this cosmic adventure. I saw this sneak preview on a regular screen, but in 3-D. I highly recommend the 3-D experience, with the fantastic special effects; it really pulls viewers into the action scenes. Though, I do wish there were a more comfortable option than those annoying plastic 3-D glasses. I’ll definitely be seeing this one again in the theaters, most likely on IMAX next time.

And like other Marvel comic book films, don’t forget to stay through the credits to see the extra clip!

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