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Thor (A Chick's Perspective)

Thor

Movie
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In Theatres: 
May 06, 2011
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 54 Minutes

I’ll save the suspense and say right off the bat that I really enjoyed seeing Thor. In fact, I left the theater wanting to see it again. I never read the comic books even though apparently they have been around for nearly 50 years now. All I knew about Thor was that he had a mighty hammer and I learned that from seeing Adventures in Babysitting. Not to worry though, the film does a good job explaining things as the beginning consists of a narrated part by Anthony Hopkins who plays Odin, the King of Asgard a.k.a. Thor’s father, who provides the history of their “realm” and its enemies.  During the press junket, producer and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige commented that they were very conscious about striking that balance for both new and existing fans.

Basically, the story is about the mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior prince whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war across several worlds. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth without his powers and forced to live among humans under the care of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and other new friends. Here he learns what it takes to be a true hero as he sets out to save both the people of Earth and his home planet, Asgard, while reclaiming his throne.

Director Kevin Branagh said that typically super hero stories start off with people discovering their powers, but with Thor it is a reversed super hero model since they give him powers and then take them away instead. Interesting.

In addition to being eye candy, Australian newcomer Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor is surprisingly charismatic in the lead role. At times his smile and mannerisms even reminded me of Heath Ledger (too soon?). The love story between him and Natalie Portman though was a bit weak, as I don’t think they had enough screen time together. It was also very PG. Not that this is a romance story anyway, but a sci-fi adventure. 

And adventurous it was. I was flinching during the action scenes and didn’t want it to end. It’s definitely worth seeing in 3D, because although they don’t do the cheap tricks with hammer’s coming out the screen or anything, the 3D effects add dimensions and layers of depth to the backgrounds and different space scenes.

Oh, and the film also stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) as Jane’s wise-cracking friend, who provides the comic relief in the film. Sometimes the girlfriend sidekick can be annoying e.g. Judy Greer in all of her chick flick side kick roles, but Kat’s blunt observances are definitely welcomed and had the audience laughing at the right times.

Don’t Forget: Like previous Marvel movies, be sure and stay till the end of the credits for an added bonus scene that reveals what’s next for our super heroes.

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Tara Settembre
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