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Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy superhero adventure based on the Marvel comics character, which in turn is based on the ancient myth of Norse God of Thunder, Thor. Moving between present day Earth and the fantastic realm of Asgard, the film tells the story of the Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), 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. There, he falls in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and, as the darkest forces of Asgard are sent to invade Earth, eventually learns what it means to be a real hero.
Of all the folks in long underwear to be tapped for superhero films, Thor would seem to be the most problematic to properly pull off. (Hypothetical Hollywood conversation: "A guy in a tricked-out, easily merchandisable metal suit? Great! An Asgardian God of Thunder who says stuff like thee and thou? Um, is Moon Knight available?") Thankfully, the resulting film does its source material rather proud, via a committed cast and an approach that doesn't shy away from the over-the-top superheroics. When you're dealing with a flying guy wielding a huge hammer, gritty realism can be overrated, really. Blending elements from the celebrated comic arcs by Walter Simonson and J. Michael Straczynski, the story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Chris Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (the terrific Tom Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Natalie Portman). Although director Kenneth Branagh certainly doesn't skimp on the in-jokes and fan-pleasing continuity references (be prepared to stick around after the credits, Marvel fans), his film distinguishes itself by adopting a larger-than-life cosmic Shakespearean air that sets itself apart from both the cerebral, grounded style made fashionable by The Dark Knight and the loose-limbed Rat Packish vibe of the Iron Man series. Glorying in the absolute unreality of its premise, Branagh's film is a swooping, Jack Kirby-inspired saga that brings the big-budget grins on a consistent basis, as well as tying in with the superhero battle royale The Avengers. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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A common complaint of Marvel 3D films when converted from 2D [in the film process] to a 3D film - is that the subsequent film is often too dark.
It's all too evident with this release [one of Marvel's 1st 3D releases] - the film is dark and it only passably adequate as a 3D release, with scenes that you would think would be excellent in 3D actually being only vaguely 3-dimensional. Disappointing considering some of the other excellent Marvel 3D releases; [Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers]
Telling the tale of 'arrogant' and fearless warrior 'Thor' who's antic's see him banished from 'Asgard' to earth losing his super-powers, where he becomes befriended by 'Jane' (Natalie Portman)
He now has to win back favour of his father 'Odin' (Anthony Hopkins)( however his brother 'Loki' (Tom Hiddleston) has other plans for the fallen hero, 'Earth' becomes threatened 'Thor' will need his powers and his weapon 'The Hammer' to defend his new friends.
This is an action packed joy-ride for super-hero fans filled with much in the way of fantasy violence.
As my title suggest's------The Special -Effects are Top-Drawer.........
Great Picture and Sound Quality Throughout.
I brought it as a streamed film and the quality of sound and picture was very good, you wouldn't have known it wasn't a DVD.
After the Iron man film, this was the next "Avenger" film that made the rest possible.
Good cast and the actors are very good in bringing their characters alive.
Nice to see Clark Gregg back as Agent Phil Coulson, and the uncredited cameo of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton "Hawkeye."
It ties the films in.
Great repeated viewing movie - along with the above mentioned. Highly recommend.
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