Bottom Line: One of the better films in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”.
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Fourth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a high-flying, high-aiming blend of THE INCREDIBLE HULK, IRON MAN, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, per se. Forty-five years after the Norse God of Thunder made his first starring comic book appearance, a big-budget feature film is finally created as a resurrection.
It was enjoyable to see the humor of IRON MAN implanted into a film about a mythological figure. There is subtle, clever, ironic, and sometimes even silly humor galore from Thor when he collides with humanity, which is somewhat like Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero character. Did we expect to see this again? I guess not. Was it fun to see? Absolutely.
THOR also is like predecessor THE INCREDIBLE HULK, in ways that the action is fast-paced, smashing. THE INCREDIBLE HULK was a lot more boring than this was, also, and it had some spunk to bring it up.
In the beginning of the film, and in interchanging sequences, the scenes that show Asgard remind the audience of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It would not be a surprise if Kenneth Branagh, the director, mentioned in an interview that he had told the artistic section of the set to make the setting look like the beautiful places Peter Jackson had brought to the screen ten years earlier.
All performances in this film were somewhat enjoyable, especially those of Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Chris Hemsworth, especially, brought the classic comic book legend to the screen with a witty, smart, irresistible personality. This all made THOR one entertaining superhero film, but it’s no SPIDER-MAN.