The film follows the myth/legend of Thor from the Marvel comics, who is played by, and if i might say with a very Heath Ledger like performance by Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek
[George Kirk, at the start of the movie]) who does well for his first major lead role. Along with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston - who also starred in director Branagh's acclaimed t.v detective show Wallander) as the sons of the ageing King Odin (Anthony Hopkins -The Silence of the Lambs
) who has to decide which of them is to become his successor to the throne of Asgard.
But after Thor & his trusty group of warriors set out against the will of Odin to confront past rival, King Laufey (Colm Feore -The Chronicles Of Riddick
), things dont go to plan, and culminate with Odin stripping Thor of his hammer/powers & banishing him to Earth as a humble human, untill he learns to change his ways & learn the consequences of his actions. On Earth he literally bumps into scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman -Black Swan
), and her group, Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård -Good Will Hunting
) & Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings -Thor), who want to learn more about him & where he came from. But still thinking he is a mighty hero, his ego takes a bashing rather then his enemies this time around, as he realises he is just a humble human now.
Overall, coming into this I wasnt 100% sure what i would be getting with this Marvel comic movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh, but i did walk away at least enjoying it. A big part of that was down to the films pace, it clicked along well & kept my interest. As well as the cast, Anthony Hopkins was amazing as Odin, powerfull, wise & yet fragile. Natalie Portman had a good chemistry with Chirs Hemsworth, the romance & genuine funny moments between them, offerd up some nice light hearted moments in the movie. Colm Feore gave a usual menacing performance, and the relatively unknown Tom Hiddleston also held his own as the devious Loki. Rene Russo(The Thomas Crown Affair
), Idris Elba(The Wire
) & Stellan Skarsgård also added weight to film with their performances, Russo in very much a cameo role. As you might expect with a fantasy film these days, CGI is heavily depended on for the Asgard setting etc... and the battle scenes were well done, with the obvious OTT yet very entertaining battles.
In conclusion, Thor is a very entertaining & enjoyable fanatsy film. I'd highly reccomended it as a break from the usual run of the mill movies.