Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: Thor. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his evil brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father and king of Asgard. Expect to see agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., previously seen in ‘’Iron Man,’’ to make an appearance, further forshadowing the coming of The Avengers! –IMDb
Perhaps the best-known Shakespeare interpreter of the late 20th century, Kenneth Branagh began his career in a golden haze of critical exultation. First a star pupil at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (one of Britain’s most prestigious drama schools), then a promising newcomer on the London stage, then hailed as “the next Olivier” for his 1989 screen adaptation of Henry V, Branagh could, for a long time, do no wrong. Unfortunately, a string of bad luck, catalyzed by his disastrous Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994, began to tarnish the halo that had hovered above the actor/director’s head. His lavish, four-hour Hamlet in 1996, however, did much to further his status as a man who knew his Bard, helping to alleviate some of the disappointments that both preceded and came after it.
Although his accent suggests otherwise, Branagh originally hails from Northern Ireland, not England. Born in Belfast December 10, 1960, to a working-class family, he was raised in the strife-ridden… read more
There was zero chemistry between Portman and Hemsworth which at times was borderline awkward. At times I would find myself complaining about the Mjölnir not having the correct shape, being historically unaccurate compared to the norse traditions and how Stellan Skarsgård was the only viking on the film, however one must also understand that this movie was based on the comics.
Somehow I've seen this twice. The first time was a Battlefield Earth-esque whirl of Dutch angles, hideous CGI, and tonal dissonance. Second time...still ostentatious, but I appreciated Branagh's attempts at a "human" center among the Rainbow Bridges, frost giants, and multidimensional hunks. There's a modicum of craft in here but it's a shame about the catch-all art direction.
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A good job with a difficult property. Having to establish the villain and set up some plot elements for the Avengers movie besides telling Thor’s story made it an even more daunting task. An impressive… read review
Sweet and juicy big fat Hollywood at its best. But wait, what is this ? Kenneth Branagh directing a Marvel studios film ? Yes, and thank god, it shows !
I was really surprised by this film… read review
I mulled over Thor all weekend. I chatted with several friends who saw it straight away, all of whom reacted favorably. I pored through numerous reviews ranging from ecstatic nerd-rants to cynical… read review