Thor (2011) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins Movie Review

Thor (2011)   4/54/54/54/54/5

Chris Hemsworth in Thor (2011)

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After going in to battle Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself expelled from the realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) knowing full well before he is ready to rule his son needs to learn some humility. It is how Thor finds himself on Earth where not only does he come to the attention of a certain group in suits but he also meets scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who he falls in love with and through her the humility he needs to not only regain his powers but deal with the machinations of someone back in his own realm.

I've said before that I am not a comic book fanboy and am one of those movie reviewers who a few years back got frustrated by the number of super hero movies hitting the cinema as it got to the point that options to watch anything else was limited. But I also have to say when I heard they were making "Thor" and Kenneth Branagh was going to direct I thought it was some sort of bad joke. Ironically it turns out that Branagh is a good fit with "Thor" due to some Shakespearean undertones and battles.

Natalie Portman in Thor (2011)

As such I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by "Thor" as it is the complete package and one which for me embraces the humour of comic book super heroes which I prefer. As such whilst we have the story of Thor being banished and learning some humility on Earth whilst his jealous brother is wreaking havoc back in his home realm we also get the fun. That comes from Thor dealing with the ways of Earth, falling in love, acting like a bull in the proverbial china shop whilst always having time for a witty line. On the subject of wit you also have Kat Dennings giving some boy toy oggling comedy.

The thing I like about all of this is that it makes "Thor" entertaining to the cinema going public and not just comic book fans. As such there is this blend of comedy, action, special effects and characters which hits the sweet spot and does so from start to finish. I do wonder whether fans of the "Thor" comic book feel the same way as this does feel an incredibly commercial movie made for the masses rather than the fanboys.

What this all boils down to is that "Thor" pleasantly surprised me and in truth impressed me by being a comic book adaptation which worked for the masses and not just those who are fans of the character.