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The world has many heroes...but only one is a god. When the arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth, STAR TREK) is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero. Natalie Portman (BLACK SWAN) and Anthony Hopkins (BEOWULF) also star in the blockbuster adventure critics are calling "thrilling, entertaining and cool" (Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News).
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There he meets Jane Porter who while impressed by him manages to put him in his place. Meanwhile Loki, his brother is attemptig to mitigate the damage but he too is learning that there is more to him than he has been told. Confronting Odin he realizes the fragilty of his father, as the King Collapses. Lokie now is a position to take the throne, his anger at the circumstances of his birth at the forefront. He is intentent of making sure Thor never returns home. The final battle is one that takes us to the next installment of the Trilogy and also sends Loki on the path to the next Marvel movie, The Avengers. Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki making it just as much his character as Hemsworth made Thor his. The effects are fantastic and Idris Elba is also great in his role as Hemdal. The first in a fantastic line of Marvel movies to come
If you absolutely must try for yourself, I suppose you will (like I did). But if this is the first disc you're trying out on your great new 3D setup, don't be dismayed if it doesn't impress. There are some really great titles out there that do it right (like Avatar and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Check out the rest of my reviews on 3D movies for more). This one is a super-sized disappointment.
I wasn't sure what Asgard might look like in the live film compared to Kirby's cosmic splendors of the kingdom, but I did like the design and effects for the city of Asgard, so it worked for me. Btw, I also really loved the costumes. As for the script, I liked it although Odin's last remarks weren't anything that was illuminating or surprising.
On the actresses and actors: some of the quality of acting isn't up to what it should be. However, I really enjoyed Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki and thought they were both good choices for their parts. I was also delighted to see the Warriors Three in the film. However, I wasn't as happy about the lack of content and development for their characters: Hogan (Tadanobu Asano) really has nothing to say or talk about, Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) is not quite as weighty and as buffoonish as the rolling comic mass from the comic books (but that's okay), and Fandral (Joshua Dallas) doesn't have enough time or witty dialogue to bring forth his genuine swashbuckling mirth. The selection of those three, however, still made me happy that these characters were in the film and wish there were more time spent developing/deepening their personalities. I really liked Jaimie Alexander's Sif (hubba-hubba), but again we hardly get a chance to spend much time with them.
Odin (Anthony Hopkins) voice seemed too soft and mild for me. I always imagined Odin with a more bombastic or booming voice. Ah well.
Natalie Portman wasn't very interesting as Jane Foster -- but, as I recall it, Jane Foster in the comic book wasn't very interesting either. The other actor (Stellan Skarsgård) and actress (Kat Dennings) seem to be in it only for the ride, and so they had very little drama or content to grasp in order to act out anything interesting in any manner or form.
I gave the film three-out-of-five stars. I'm hoping in the next Thor movie we'll see more content and development from the side characters and not just only the leads
Chris Hemsworth had not yet found his stride. Or maybe it's more fair to say that he faithfully acted a crap part.
Clark Gregg is good, but his part is small.
This film introduces Hawkeye. Hawkeye is a dumb character. Jeremy Renner does better with him later.
I do like Thor's arc here, learning humility, becoming his worthy self. But it's just not executed very well.
Tom Hiddleston is great. This is the first Marvel movie with a decent villain, and would be the only one for awhile, but Loki is not given enough oxygen in this movie to burn as bright as he does later. And he is not enough to save the movie.
Plot holes all over, too.
Liked the humans the weren't Natalie Portman. Would have liked Sif and the Warriors Three to have been better developed; they were kind of fun, but I felt like they had more potential.