Claudio Carvalho commented
Reviews Thor 2011 In 965 D.C., in Tornsberg, Norway, the Frost Giants from Jotunheim led by King Laufey (Colm Feore) attack the locals, and the Allfather Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the warriors of Asgard protect the humans and win the battle against the invaders. They take their source of power and bring it to Asgard and they start an armistice with Jotunheim.
When three Frost Giants break in Asgard trying to retrieve their source of power, they are destroyed by the Destroyer. The arrogant Thor (Chris Hemsworth) decides to attack Jotunheim with his stepbrother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and four Asgardian warriors and disobeys the order of his father Odin. In order to avoid war against Jotunheim, Odin removes the powers of Thor and exiles him on Earth to live among the humans. Odin also throws his hammer Mjölnir to New Mexico and orders that only the one that is worth will get the powerful hammer and achieve Thor’s powers.
In Puente Antigo, New Mexico, the physician Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is researching a phenomenon in the desert with her professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and her mate Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). Out of the blue, Thor is hit by Jane’s truck and she takes him to the hospital. Thor unsuccessfully tries to retrieve Mjölnir that is protected by agents of the government SHIELD. When the Machiavellian Loki sends the Destroyer to Earth to kill Thor, he needs to retrieve his hammer to save not only the humans, but also his Allfather Odin and Asgard from the evil Loki.
“Thor” is an entertaining adventure based on the character of the comic book published by Marvel Comics. Natalie Portman is usually the synonym of a good movie and she is delightful in the role of a scientist. The plot is funny and the scenes with the human Thor; the Nordic black gatekeeper Heimdall (Idris Elba); and the Vikings and Gods speaking in English are hilarious. The special effects are top-notch and the viewer may bring the popcorn and delight with a pleasant family entertainment. My vote is seven.
Mek Torres commented
In “Thor”, I don’t think the action is the big deal here while it’s a movie from Marvel. Kenneth Branagh is more fond to tell the story, which is a better thing. The changes of the story of “Thor” is very fascinating. It’s not a generic superhero movie that has a weak man becoming a superhuman then ends with a lot of action mess. It’s more of a compelling drama fantasy with a little action and a lot more sense. “Thor” has some problems with the action but who cares, it’s definitely great & entertaining.
First goes to the performances. Chris Hemsworth hams it up (no pun intended. he really did) although he is quite entertaining. Anthony Hopkins, he made Odin more than what we expect him to do. Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal made Loki the best villain in the universe of the Avengers so far.
The action of the first act was pretty good. Plodding at times but when it comes to earth scenes, it’s becoming somewhat unexpectedly boring. Kenneth Branagh has problems in making some of the action scenes but he has the heart to tell the story. It’s amazing how the changed story and the performance are more mind-blowing than the action since this is a superhero movie. As you expected in a Marvel movie, “Thor” is hilarious at times.
While some of the action scenes weren’t mind-blowing, The visuals were good. Asgard is beautifully made by the effects and the solid production design. Some of the effects are like video game graphics though. The cinematography has a tilted camera style to make it a better experience to the movie. The score is your standard fantasy music.
“Thor” is a little disappointing but it’s still good because it’s compelling. It’s not an ordinary superhero movie. It’s a drama fantasy movie with true depth. The storytelling made it more interesting. “Thor” has more magic than superhero action. It can be one of the best superhero movies although it isn’t really loyal to its superhero movie elements. “Thor” is pretty unique to its genre and it’s a good Kenneth Branagh film.