New In Theaters Review: Thor

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the powerful, but arrogant son of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), in the world of gods, known as Asgard. Since he was a little boy, all his has wanted was to one day be crowned by his father as the new king of their realm. On the day that he is to be named king, the royal weapons vault is penetrated by Asgard’s enemies, the frost giants and the crowning is put on hold. Thor, not one to just let this happen without consciences, gathers his friends the Asgardians and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and they go to the planet of the giants to face their ruler Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) and get to the bottom of why they have broken the sacred treaty. Once there Thor ends up reigniting the tension between the two worlds, and Volstagg promises an all out war against Asgard. Odin is not happy with the way Thor has handled the situation, and he banishes him to planet Earth, and strips him of his powers and hammer. He then puts a spell on the hammer and also sends that plummeting to the planet. Thor is found by a scientist named Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her assistants, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), who try to figure out where he has come from. Meanwhile back on Asgard, Odin has fallen ill, and Loki has taken this opportunity to take over as the new king. Not wanting Thor to ever make it back to Asgard, Loki sends one of Asgard’s mightiest robots to Earth to destroy Thor, and anyone else that gets in the way. Without the help of his hammer, Thor must learn what it takes to be a true hero, and not just the mightiest warrior.

The buildup to the Avengers movie has been an epic journey so far, with the success of the Iron Man films, as well as the Incredible Hulk movies, and the upcoming Captain America film. This was Thor’s time in the spot light, and did it shine! Being one of the strongest hero’s in the group, alongside the Hulk, I was looking forward to how this would be portrayed on the big screen. I have to say that I wasn’t at all disappointed with the results. The action scene in the very beginning was outstanding. It definitely was an adrenaline rush, which set you up for a great storyline. At first when I saw that Chris Hemsworth was going to play Thor, I wasn’t a big fan of the idea. He wasn’t a big name actor, he had only been in 4 movies, one of which went straight to DVD, another which was a theater failure, one that made only made only 15mil at the box office, and his only claim to fame was playing Captain Kirk’s father in the Star Trek remake where he died in the beginning of the movie. So needless to say this was his biggest role to date, and I have to say, he fit perfectly. He had charm, charisma, arrogance, and a buffed body thanks to the great trainers in Hollywood. He also looked like Thor, from the comic books, which was a necessity. Casting Anthony Hopkins as his father was a great choice as well, because they actually onscreen looked like they were related.

The movie also has a good amount of humor, as Thor was like a fish out of water on our planet Earth. Chris and Natalie seemed to have good chemistry in this fun action packed movie, which kept the movie moving along at a great pace. Another role that I felt was perfectly fitted was the role of Loki, by actor Tom Hiddleston. He also looked like the comic character that he was portraying. Of course there were subtle references to the upcoming Avengers movie, but I’ll let you figure out what those were. I have to say that this movie will probably launch Chris Hemsworth’s value in Hollywood, good thing they already have him signed for the Avengers first movie, as well as the rest of the cast. It’s going to be a great combination when all of these mighty heroes are in one movie together. I gave this movie 3 hammers out of 4. Its action packed, and it definitely won’t disappoint “Thor” fans. The movie runs 2 hours and 10mins, and yes you have to watch all of the credits to see the glimpse of things to come. It was rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh. It was written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski (III), and Mark Protosevich, from source material from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber. The movie was produced by Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Waves are but water. Wind but air. And though lightning be fire…yet it must answer thunder’s call – Thor
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