DVD review: Thor

Kenneth Branagh directs in this comic book adaptation

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Thor (Cert: 12A, 2011)

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3 stars

In a nutshell: The Marvel hero is banished to Earth

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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, which explains him being the seemingly unlikely choice to direct this superhero fantasy. The story sees the hammer-wielding immortal (played to the hilt by Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth) stripped of his powers and banished to Earth by his all-powerful father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), where he befriends scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Branagh’s effort may not be in the same league as the Iron Man movies, but there are plenty of amusing fish-out-of-water moments as well as some teasing insights into next year’s much-anticipated Avengers movie. 

Formats: DVD, Triple Play (Blu-ray, DVD and digital download) and 3D Blu-ray (3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy)

Extras: DVD includes commentary from Branagh, several deleted scenes and a brief look forward to The Avengers, with additional production featurettes on the Blu-ray.