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Thor (2011)


5/10: Boy Gets Hammer, Loses Hammer, & Then Gets Hammer Back Saga
Friday, May 20, 2011

Although the newest addition to the Marvel Comics' cinematic super hero pantheon boasts polished production values and a charismatic cast, "Hamlet" director Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" qualifies as business as usual. This preposterous, larger-than-life, 115-minute, PG-13 rated opus shifts scenes between contemporary New Mexico and the fabled realm of Asgard where Norse royalty reside in opulent splendor. "Agent Cody Banks" scenarists Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz along with "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer" scribe Don Payne gave "Thor" their best shot based on a story by "Ninja Assassin" scenarist J. Michael Straczynski and "Poseidon" writer Mark Protosevich. Despite those best efforts, "Thor" amounts to a standard-issue 'origins' epic about Odin's arrogant offspring. No surprises lurk in this predictable, but sometimes amusing epic about the hammer wielding Norse champion. Basically, "Thor" boils down to a boy-gets-hammer, boy-loses-hammer, and boy-gets-hammer back adventure. During this lukewarm lark, our hero...

8/10: Thor proves a strong contender
Friday, June 3, 2011

In the pantheon of Marvel Superheroes, from my vantage point, Thor is a second-tier player. Even amongst non-obsessive comic aficionados, such as myself, Thor doesn't quite have the readership draw or the common familiarity in the public that heroes such as Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, etc., have. However, that doesn't mean that Marvel Studios, the filmmaking wing of the company, feel inclined to give the filmic adaptation of Thor short shrift. The cinematic entry for this character, titled simply Thor, is among the better of the Marvel adaptations of recent years, mixing a good sense of fun, strong acting, and some Shakespearian level drama that makes for an especially entertaining time at the movies.Liberally adapting portions of Thor comic book lore to fit in a more modern comic book film reality, Thor introduces us to a centuries old war between the Asgardians, beings that live for long periods of time and can travel through space...

8/10: Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Friday, June 8, 2018

It remains only to marvel at the company Marvel, which gives an impressive amount of money for the implementation of films on their comic books under the guidance of "newcomers" in the genre of "summer blockbuster." Four years ago they did this with John Favreau, who previously filmed family comedies and yet surprised many with his "Iron Man". Now, the honored actor and director of the dramatic cinema and theater Kenneth Brana demonstrated miracles by taking off a large-scale fantasy comics epic.ActorsChris HamsworthTaking advantage of the tested scheme (to take on the role of the protagonist of a little-known actor and surround him with "loud names"), Brana did not lose. Chris Hamsworth is the perfect Thor! Possessing not only impressive physical training and memorable appearance, Hamsworth was able to convey the power and emotions of this character. In some places it is threatening, in places it's funny when it's necessary to be gallant. Yes, and...

6/10: Another solid Marvel superhero film
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thor" is another directorial effort from Academy Award nominated actor, director and writer Kenneth Branagh. The film features Chris Hemsworth as the hero, Tom Hiddleston as his brother, Anthony Hopkins as their dad and Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan SkarsgÄrd as a trio of scientists. Idris Elba plays a minor part too and made the most of it. This was the second or third time I watched this movie and I have to say it really lost most of its charm during rewatch. The one thing that stays in the mind though is the brilliantly looking gigantic rainbow bridge.There were quite a few negative things about this as well. One big flaw is the sound. The voices are just so silent while the action sequences are way too loud. Hemsworth does a solid job, but Natalie Portman was a bit of a disappointment here. Shortly after her Academy Award win, this must be one of the weakest performances...

6/10: Thor
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

From director Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Hamlet), I saw a trailer and some clips of this film, but I didn't realise until a little later that the story was based on Marvel comics, so that made me keen to see it. Basically in the outer space past world of Asgard, King Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) once waged a war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their King Laufey (Colm Feore) who want to take over the nine realms, starting with Earth, and now his son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is due to ascend to the throne. This ascending is interrupted when the frost giants attempt to steal the power source known as the Casket of Ancient Winters, and Thor with his arrogance takes his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three: Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) to retrieve it. The battle that ensues causes...

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