Thor Movie Review

Thor Movie Review

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & RatingThe movie had its world premiere on 17th of April in Sydney, it opens in various territories of the world following the north American bow on 6th of May.

Thor, movie about a superhero did not came good and followed the same suit of many much hyped super hero flops. Director Kenneth Branagh proved that he does have an idea how to fall from stardom. He shot to fame when he directed and acted in Henry V, for which even got 2 Oscar nominations and comparison to Hollywood big wig Laurence Oliver. Now Mr. Branagh is a part of a league of directors who are churning out flops consistently. Known for his Shakespeare’s , which are his signature movies does not shake up the audience any more.

The movie in short is about a son of a Norse God, Odin(Hopkins) who banishes his impulsive and proud son (Thor) to Earth , where he among mortals learns about humility and patience and then seeks to return to his planet to be able to save Asgard(Thor’s home planet) and Earth from the dark forces.

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

The movie has the stature and feel of being directed by a Shakespearean as Mr. Branagh brought Chris Hemsworth Thor to the screen. It is yet another Marvel Cinematic character adding to the list of Characters already in the industry like Superman, Spiderman, and Batman etc. The movie as a Shakespeare play strikes the perfect as it is able to balance out between drama and comedy just like a Bard-like performance. The balance was in between the struggle in the immortal world involving Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and his heir, who is quite impulsive and hot-headed and the romance involving Thor in the mortal world.

In the beginning of the movie humor was quite good in the opening moments which involved an astrophysicist geek called Jane Foster( Natalie Portman), her mentor( Stellan Skarsgard) and a sidekick (Kat Dennings) as they move across the desert in New Mexico to explore and investigate the reason behind atmospheric disturbances. TO get to the source of a believed cosmic event, they rather run into a bearded, blonde mountain guy , Thor, a freshly fallen Norse God.

The movie then goes back into flashback and shows Asgard where Thor is about to acquire the throne from his ailing and old father Odin, who is the ruler of nine realms.

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

As the ceremonies are being performed, they are interrupted by Asgard’s ancient enemies and arch rivals , The Frost Giants. The interruption leads to a counterattack led by Thor despite the orders from his father of not to. Thor had no idea that his short-tempered counter attack would have bigger consequences as peace and stability of the Universe come under threat.

For his disobedience and chaos caused by the Prince, Thor is banished from the court and his hammer, the ultimate weapon of mass destruction is taken from him and he is sent to Earth, leaving his half brother Loki, next in line to the throne. He is banished to prove his worthiness to be wielding the magical hammer, Mjolnir. Once he reaches earth he is found by Jane’s team who take him as a homeless man wandering in the desert.

The set and scenes of Asgard will definitely give a kick to hard core comic book fans. Branagh and his cast gave the sets and sequences of Asgard human dimensions. This is where his Shakespearean background seems very evident.
The best part of the movie lies in the fact that Thor upon being among the mortals throws no antics to fit in among them. He makes no attempt to hide his identity.

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

He roams the land with the same lofty pride which was basically the reason for his banishing from Asgard.In plain simple words he is depicted as an average American kid who despite being on the wrong side does not care about the reason for the state he’s into.

The action keeps on swinging between Asgard, a desolate ice planet of Jotunheim and Earth where an S.H.I.E.L.D agent (Clark Gregg) is making it difficult for Thor to find his magical hammer and being able to save his home planet, Asgard and Earth from the dark forces.

The explanation given by the senior scientist of Skasgard to Agent Colson (Clark Gregg) about the ability of Thor of being able to crush and brush aside many crack soldiers in one flick was pretty good; ‘Steroids- He’s a gym junkie’.

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

Chris Hemsworth, a former soap star from Australia (Made his last appearance as Captain Kirk’s father in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot, though his role was brief) did a lot of work to tone up his biceps and other muscles. He also seems to have a pretty good muscle between his ears; it did give a lot of weight emotionally to the scenes which involved his father and also in the comic scenes which involved him with Oscar winner Natalie Portman.

The urge and the need of Thor to return to Asgard and confront his evil brother Loki who has been scheming various things behind his back does not allow Thor to have a pleasant journey on earth. He learns humility, patience among the mortals, though the change that occurs in the superhero is lightning fast and the consistency breaks as the scene keeps shifting among the celestial realms and the Earth.

Thor Movie Review - Thor Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

The movie Thor, though is of no match to an another Marvel comic character Iron Man, as a billionaire weapons manufacturer and world known playboy would easily be able to crush a guy who does nothing but wield a hammer wearing a metal skirt, but still the movie will be providing a return for Branagh in the industry, It has helped him to revive his career behind the lens and this movie certainly helped Marvel launch another character in the industry.
The movie will be screened both in 2-D and 3-D across the globe. Viewing in 3-D will ensure that the fight sequences would seem more life like.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins (Odin)
Natalie Portman (Jane)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Rating : 3.5/5

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