One of the much hyped movies of the year, Thor is mix of story, special effects and beefy guys in heavy armour. Yet another Marvel Comics superhero movie, its one of the better comic stories based of course on Norse mythology.
A wealth of acting talent on show here including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgard. The main character is played by Chris Hemsworth, who some of you may remember as James T Kirk’s father in Star Trek, but he made his name in Australian soap Home and Away.
The movie begins with a brief history of Asgard and the war against the Frost Giants and subsequent peace. We then move to the naming of the new King who will succeed Odin’s thrown. Odin is played by Anthony Hopkins and we see him about to name Thor as his successor when an attack on Asgard brings the proceedings to a halt. Enraged by the attack, Thor decides to launch a counter attack on the Frost Giants in their realm. Joined by his friends, they are almost defeated when Odin comes to their aid and brings them home to Asgard.
Odin sees this reckless action by his eldest son as an act that is not befitting of a king and casts him out of Asgard. He ends up on Earth in one place and his hammer in another. Enter Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman. She is a scientist looking for atmosperic phenomena and witnesses Thor’s coming to Earth and indeed knocks him down with the car. She has to watch as Thor begins his quest to get to Mjölnir his hammer and has her own research taken by Federal agents who discover the hammers resting place in the desert. Many try to lift the hammer out of the rock it has landing in including Thor, but Odin has cast a spell on it that states that only one worthy of the hammer shall wield it.
And so begins the story of an outcast who must atone for his mistakes and recklessness in order to be considered worthy enough to be king of Asgard. Of course, this is no easy task as the forces of evil are trying to undermine Thor’s efforts and even those very close to him cannot be trusted.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor is a good tale and although the plot isn’t complicated, its entertaining enough. What I would say is that it wasn’t worth all the hype that it was given over the past year, but the special effects are very nice and help the film to achieve its aim – bums on seats. We will of course see Chris Hemsworth playing Thor again next year when he joins The Avengers for another superhero outing, which should be equally as entertaining as this movie.
I would say that any fan of superheroes will enjoy this movie and won’t be too disappointed by the lack of plot as the special effects make up for that. This one gets a 7/10 from me. Heres the trailer…