Thor 2011

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Moving between present day Earth and the fantastic realm of Asgard, we witness how the Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior god whose reckless actions rekindle an ancient feud among the deities. As a punishment, Thor is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth among humankind.

Starring:
Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Thor

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Kenneth Branagh
Starring Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins
Supporting actors Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Joshua Dallas, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2011
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For the uninitiated, that's the Thor. God of thunder from the Norse pantheon. Son of Odin. And in comics oft sent to Earth to learn humility in a human alter ego and occasionally do battle with duplicitious sibling Loki.

And be a member of superhero team the Avengers.

As we'll see next year...

In the meantime, Thor, like Iron Man did three years ago, takes the character and gives him an origin movie.

Director Kenneth Branagh tackles the problem of how to mix Norse gods and real world on screen by remembering Clarke's first law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Thus the norse gods living in Asgard here are basically super advanced aliens who once came to Earth long ago to do battle with the Frost Giants - nasty and not quite so advanced aliens - when they attacked tenth century Norway.

Their worlds are connected by a shimmering bridge which is guarded by a gatekeeper. A bridge that in our technology might also be referred to as a stargate or a wormhole.

But that's all exposition we get after a brief opening when astrophysicist Jane Foster and two friends are investigating strange readings in the sky and promptly knock down a man who comes out of nowhere.

Jumping back to the exposition shows that this is Thor. And that he and his brother Loki were raised by father Odin who hasn't been to war since he beat the frost giants. And that Thor is a bit more impetuous and up for a fight than Loki is.

When the opportunity for that comes going against his fathers wishes seem him banished to Earth, and his hammer Mjolnir dropped into the desert [what you saw in that post credits scene in Iron Man Two].

Can Jane and her friends help Thor in his quest to get home?
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
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 who does well for his first major lead role. Along with his brother Loki (Hiddleston) as the sons of the ageing King Odin (Hopkins) 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 (Feore), things don't go to plan, and culminate with Odin stripping Thor of his hammer/powers & banishing him to Earth as a humble human, until he learns to change his ways & learn the consequences of his actions. On Earth he literally bumps into scientist Jane Foster (Portman), and her group, Erik Selvig (Skarsgrd) & 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 realizes he is just a humble human now.

Overall, coming into this I wasn't 100% sure what we would be getting with this Marvel comic movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. But we did walk away enjoying it. The main reason of that was down firstly to the films pace, it clicked along well & kept our interest, albeit it was predictable in places. And secondly the great cast of Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) who was amazing as Odin, powerful, wise & yet fragile. Natalie Portman (
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Miss L. Bruce-Kerr on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
As someone who hasn't read the Thor comics, I have no idea how faithful this film is or how in-character everybody is. But as a film fanatic, this is an amazing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The viewer starts with little love for the main character, but I (and the people I watched this with) found that his personality was developed wonderfully, and that he's actually a really likeable hero underneath his arrogance and self-centred-ness. By the end of the film, he's one of the most relatable characters. Even the villain of this story is sympathetic, and it really is painful for the viewer to see him lose his way. I was apprehensive about the humans Thor meets- I don't really like romance or 'fish-out-of-water' movies- but they were all rather likeable and behaved realistically enough- well, except Darcy. I'd watch a film about that girl on her own, she's a brilliant cloud cuckoolander.

Some aspects of the story could have been explained better- like the Odinsleep- but most of these mysteries are cleared up with either watching the other MCU films or looking at some Norse myths (which is what this film and it's comic counterpart are loosely based on). I liked the way aspects of Norse legend like Yggdrasil, the World Tree, were incorporated into this movie. Also, unlike most MCU films, this is very character-driven, and I think that is what makes it such a good film. The action scenes are few and far between, but what we see is epic and I think it's done really well.

It's a film I'd recommend to anybody with an interest in superheroes (since it's a fresh breath for the genre) and also for anybody who likes fantasy or family/romantic dramas. There's a little of something for everybody.
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