Both the directing ability of Shakespearan expert Kenneth Branagh (director of my favorite version of Hamlet), and the acting ability of Aussie Chris Hemsworth shine in the first full length feature focused on the story of the Mighty Thor of the Marvel universe! Branagh and cast show Thor as a superhero with greater depth than just superpowers, attitude, brashness, and strength, but also with an intricate and amazing origin, family, character, and base. Many moviegoers enjoyed the midnight preview of Thor including Yours Truly! (See if you can find me being interviewed by my friend Casey Messer in this edition of First Fans!)
One of the greatest things about Thor is the storytelling itself. I completely understand as to why Marvel would choose to use Branagh as the mastermind behind the cinematic direction of the lore of Thor. Branagh’s expertise, capability, and love for telling epic stories about family, comedy, and drama, and staying true to form of the original material definitely shines through in this film. Bravo to you, Marvel. Bravo, I say to thee.
This cinematic adaptation of the Norse god of thunder excells in ways that the Fantastic Four sequel and X-Men 3 could only dream of! From a fantastic cast including the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, and more, to special effects that are superb! Marvel’s introduction of Thor to the theaters makes Thor not only a common household name, but also a new favorite among fans worldwide who never read or followed much of Thor before. Thor’s struggles with family, self-realization, inner strength, difficult decisions, and other enemies within and without are surprisingly a lot more relatable than one might imagine, being that he is a god afterall!
One of the better superhero origin movies of all, Thor truly is, in the words of Branagh, an origin story of both Thor….and Loki. Hemsworth showcases the power and character of Thor in a manner that proves to be fun and awe-inspiring! Hiddleston, as Loki, is definitely one of the best villains so far in a comicbook film. Loki serves as almost an exact opposite of everything that Thor is, causing the dynamic between the two to keep the attention of movie watchers. The rather unknown Tom Hiddleston performed the part tremendously well!
An amazing round of applause to Marvel for their casting and the way in which they are choosing to tell an even greater story through all of these films and tie them together. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor……all preparing for the splendor and glory of the greatest comic book movie yet to come: The Avengers !! 🙂
Thor! Great cast, great story, great special effects, and great fun! It’s a smashing great time! Some parts may be a bit slow, but they all serve in a way that sets the tone, backstory, and mood for the amazing film to tell its story! Not every minor detail explaining Thor is able to be expounded upon….some unfamiliar fans may not understand a few things, but it is of no consequence overall. Movie fans, Marvel fans, and Marvel Movie fans alike….go see Thor!
Be sure to keep a lookout for Jeremy Renner’s cameo and debut appearance as Hawkeye! And stay through the long list of credits (paying tribute to all of the fantastic folks who worked on this film!) in order to see the after-credits teaser scene that you do NOT want to miss!
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars for “Thor”
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