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Thor

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2011
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • 110 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. After defying his father Odin, the Norse god Thor is banished from the mystical realm of Asgard just as he is about to ascend the throne. He finds himself on Earth where he needs the guidance of astrophysicist Jane Foster to recover his mystic hammer Mjolnir. Meanwhile, his brother Loki plots his own rise to power.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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ThorChris Hemsworth
Jane FosterNatalie Portman
OdinAnthony Hopkins
LokiTom Hiddleston
DarcyKat Dennings
Dr Erik SelvigStellan Skarsgård
HeimdallIdris Elba
VolstaggRay Stevenson
FriggaRene Russo
SifJaimie Alexander
LaufeyColm Feore
HogunTadanobu Asano
Agent Phil CoulsonClark Gregg
Isabel AlvarezAdriana Barraza
FandralJoshua Dallas
Clint Barton / HawkeyeJeremy Renner
Nick FurySamuel L Jackson
DriverStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorKenneth Branagh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2011-04-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Some swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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