Watched Jun 15, 2012
Adam Moody’s review:
Superhero action and mythological storytelling collaborate in Thor, a highly entertaining visual feast that does its comic roots justice. Perhaps not as popular as the other origin films leading up to The Avengers, but it is still a worthy addition to the Marvel anthology. Newcomer Chris Hemsworth is controlling is his role as Thor, the arrogant price of Asgard who is stripped of his power and exiled to Earth. Yet Tom Hiddleston performance as Loki, Thor's power-hungry and deceptive adopted brother, is complex and a scene-stealer. The dazzling settings and battle sequences of Asgard and Jotunheimr overshadow the earth-bound storyline, yet it is saved by strong chemistry between Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Stellan Skarsgard. Anthony Hopkins also has a satisfying supporting role as Odin, king of Asgard. Kenneth Branagh ventures his directing skills into new territory and he doesn't disappoint. Like all Marvel comic book adaptations, Thor relies heavily on the strength of its visually-driven action sequences, and Branagh executes them with tremendous style.