'Thor' Review By ROFLitschristian
A Godly Summer Blockbuster, Thor Has Just About Everything You Could Want In An Action Movie Starring The God Of Thunder!
Thor stars newcomer Chris Hemsworth in the title role and I'll say this, right off the bat that's one of the greatest things I admired about the film. In all these super hero films we have either some A or B-lister taking helm of the title hero, but Thor takes a different direction and grabs a little less-than-known actor and transforms him into a great super hero.
Thor follows the story of the lightning god and all his people. In the world of Asgard, the mighty king Odin wages war with the Frost Giants to keep peace in the Nine Realms. Now, taking mythology this year of school I've come to be a myth buff and I have to say the film makes the myth fun and exhilarating. And after finally overcoming the Frost Giants, Odin soon chooses to name Thor as the king of Asgard after peace has settled as he is becoming older with each day. But Thor never gets his title as the Frost Giants strike again. Angry they've ruined his big day, Thor leads his godly friends to battle the giants, against his father Odin's orders. Angered by Thor's disrespect, Odin banishes him to Earth.
Once Thor is sent to Earth, the real story begins. Thor soon befriends three astrophysicists, Jane, Darcy, and Dr. Selvig. While they try to discover who this strange man is and eventually help him home, Thor's brother Loki plots to take over Asgard...
The movie, while highly entertaining, can feel somewhat out of place and a little over the top. Though consisting of stunning visuals, great acting, and some great action sequences, the movie can get a little full of itself. This in no way is to say it's less than a good time, but at times you might be thinking, stop appealing to kids and slaughter some Frost Giants! And just a nitpick, the Facebook and iPod jokes. So little yet so unnecessarily needed.
Director Kenneth Branagh does do something I find very rare in action movies, and that's make a fun action sequence. When Thor takes his friends to battle the Frost Giants in that ice-y blue atmosphere, it's pretty breathtaking. But by putting such a great battle in the first 30 minutes of the film, you'll feel a little high-and-dry when the final battle comes around.
Also working in Thor, a cast that fortunately isn't obnoxiously star-studded. We have Hemsworth playing a convincing if not sometimes goofy Thor. Anthony Hopkins playing a pretty badass Odin. Tom Hiddleston perfectly cast as the emotionally distraught and awesome villain Loki. And last but not least, Celebrity Wife #4, Natalie Portman. Guh, is there anything wrong with this girl? She fits perfectly as Thor's squeeze, being ever so cheery and sensitive.
So with a great cast, gorgeous visuals, and action up the anus, Thor soars into a great Marvel adaptation. Is it the best super hero film in recent years? No. But is it still a kick ass hero flick? Hell yes. Thor gets 4 boxes of Pop Tarts out of 5.
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