Kenneth Branagh (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
When Marvel Comics decided to add Thor, the Norse god of thunder, to their roster of characters in 1962, it certainly inspired a young Kenneth Branagh. For the director (an avowed fan of the comic book) has packed the hammer-wielding hero's first big-screen appearance with nods to the original source material. The story sees the brash immortal (played to the hilt by Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth) stripped of his powers and banished to Earth by all-powerful father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after a reckless attack on their frost giant enemies. Befriended by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the gauche galoot is then forced to adapt to his new mortality while his Excalibur-like hammer remains embedded in the New Mexico desert and his crafty brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes over the glittering realm of Asgard (spectacular-looking, even in unnecessary 3D). Branagh's epic fantasy may not be in the same league as the Iron Man movies, but there are plenty of amusing fish-out-of-water moments, as Hemsworth's swaggering man-mountain is cut down to size. True, the film has some scene-setting longueurs, but Hopkins brings gravitas rather than ham to his role, Hiddleston's Loki is a villain to look out for and the action is suitably earth-shattering. Of course, this adventure is ultimately a stepping stone to the 2012 Avengers movie, so look out for some telling cameos and plot clues.


The Norse god of thunder is banished from his own world when his arrogance puts the kingdom on the brink of war. He is sent to present-day Earth, where he is forced to live among humans without his supernatural powers, but must regain his abilities to defend his new home against his evil brother. Kenneth Branagh's fantasy adventure based on the Marvel comics, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins.

Cast & Crew

Thor Chris Hemsworth
Jane Foster Natalie Portman
Odin Anthony Hopkins
Loki Tom Hiddleston
Darcy Kat Dennings
Dr Erik Selvig Stellan Skarsgård
Heimdall Idris Elba
Volstagg Ray Stevenson
Frigga Rene Russo
Sif Jaimie Alexander
Laufey Colm Feore
Hogun Tadanobu Asano
Agent Phil Coulson Clark Gregg
Isabel Alvarez Adriana Barraza
Fandral Joshua Dallas
Clint Barton / Hawkeye Jeremy Renner
Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson
Driver Stan Lee
Director Kenneth Branagh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Some swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Apr 2011