Thu, May 12 2011 07:15 PM Posted By: Jeri Jacquin
Now playing in theaters from director Kenneth Branagh and Paramount is a Marvel Comics character come to life in the form of “Thor.”
This film tells the story of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a prince in the alternative world of Asgard. His father King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is about to bestow the crown on his son when intruders break into their world.
It is the Bifrost! Long ago King Odin had beaten them in war and taken from them their power – and they want it back. Thor takes matters into his own hands and with his friends Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), Fandral (Josh Dallas) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddelston) they all take on the Bifrost.
But it all goes wrong as King Odin banishes Thor and his hammer of power to the dismay of his family and friends.
On earth Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Eric (Stellan Skarsgard) and assistant Darcy (Kat Lennings) are working on discoveries about wormholes and spatial phenomena. What they don’t expect is an astronomical doorway to open up and Thor to fall to earth.
It doesn’t take long before the government swarms the area and takes charge, well … that’s until Thor discovers his hammer is on earth. As his friends from Asgard come to get him, Thor realizes he must return home to make things right with his father.
There are two worlds and both need a hero.
Final word: Hemsworth actually portrays the character of Thor rather nicely. Of course, he is cut to play the role but also carries a sense of humor. There is plenty of action for this actor to take care of and he manages quite well.
Although this isn’t a stretch for Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, she seems comfortble portraying scientist Jane Foster. Skarsgard plays his role of Eric equally with ease as Lennings bring about comic relief.
Hopkins is Odin plain and simple. This actor has always played character roles so well and this role is no exception.
Marvel Comics and Entertainment have been working tirelessly to bring their comic book heroes to the screen. Soon, with the addition of “Captain America” coming to the screen this summer, we will see more hints to the culmination of the 2013 release of the “Justice League”.
Other cast include: Colim Feore as King Laufey, Rene Russo as Queen Frigga, Idris Elba as Heimdall and the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.
Tubs of popcorn: I give “Thor” three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is certainly a special effects-driven film and it’s done rather well. I don’t think the 3D is necessary at all. If anything, for me, it detracts from the enjoyment of the film.
However, the story is solid, the characters are developed and there are even hints as to the next Marvel Comics Film. I enjoyed finding little things said and cameos that let the viewers know there is more to come from Marvel Comics.
In the end – courage is immortal.
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